Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery – Bucks County Museum
Average time spent – 2 hours.
Things to do at Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery – Bucks County Museum review
Based on the same site as the free Bucks County Museum, this is an interactive gallery all about the worlds that Roald Dahl created. It is very small, but everything is hands-on and they expect the kids to explore, interact and play with everything. It’s based in just three rooms, one of which is a reading room, but there really is a lot to do.
Downstairs exhibits are dedicated to James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda and the BFG. There’s an inventing bench with some experiments for the kids to do, there’s a tunnel with things for the kids to explore and there’s a MASSIVE peach in the corner. In here there are lots of different bug-related things to explore and touch. There’s also lots and lots of noisy experiments in the BFG area. The whole place is a bit of a blast to the senses but it’s great to just let the kids explore knowing they’re completely safe.
Once you’ve finished downstairs you can take the Great Glass Elevator to the top floor, which is a bit more science-based. They have things like 3D projectors, a massive green screen so you can be part of the pictures, puzzles and a way to capture your shadow.
You should also pop into to the Bucks County Museum which is across the courtyard. This is dedicated to the history of Bucks, particularly around the Aylesbury area. Again, it’s relatively small but it’s got a reasonable amount to see. They often have exhibitions going on in the gallery on the first floor. There are also a few hands-on activities, but they’re undergoing a large refurbishment project so this is only going to increase over the next few months and years. Both places will take around an hour to visit.
Eating – There is a small coffee shop on site.
Facilities in brief – Interactive museum about all the worlds that Roald Dahl created. Plenty of hands on and interactive exhibits. Plus museum dedicated to the history of Bucks with a few hands on exhibits. Plus cafe and toilets.
Entry price – *FREE/Cheap
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Free/Cheap – There is no charge to visit Bucks County museums. However, some exhibitions are charged including the Roald Dahl children’s gallery. This is £7.70 per adult, £5.50 per child aged 4-17 and under 4’s are free.
Opening: The Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery – Bucks County Museum are open for most of the year with just a few days of closure in the winter. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Information on accessibility – I can not find any information
Address: 9 Church St, Aylesbury HP20 2QP, Buckinghamshire, England. Phone: 01296 331441
Category – Museums – Indoors – Suitable for all ages, although more suited to children over 4 years.
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