Get set for a Brilli-ANT summer of adventure at The Story Museum. Oxford

School’s Out! Get set for a Brilli-ANT summer of adventure at The Story Museum.

  • Drop in to ‘The Grand Bug Pest Hotel’ our new interactive exhibit by artist Ruth Piggott, in the courtyard.

Just in time for schools finishing for the Summer Break, The Story Museum is excited to welcome visitors for a summer of fun, activities, and story inspiration. Open seven days throughout the summer, there’s plenty to enjoy for all the family.

With an all-day ticket to the Galleries, families can enjoy live storytelling in the Whispering Wood, choose their own adventure in the Enchanted Library and meet some giant cardboard insects in our current exhibition Brilli-ANT where they’ll need to use some very special ant-ennae to help them solve a puzzle and save the anthill from the effects of climate change.

Meanwhile out in the Museum’s Courtyard, ‘The Grand Bug Pest Hotel’, will be open for business. This brand-new interactive installation by the artist Ruth Piggott.  Constructed from an upcycled vintage dresser, it offers plenty of nooks and drawers to explore. Visitors are invited to add their own crafted insect guests during the free craft sessions, taking place throughout the summer holidays, Monday – Friday 12-1pm.

Daniel Clark, The Story Museum’s Director of Creative Programme says: ‘Throughout the summer, in honour of our insect guests who are currently residing at the museum as the stars of our exhibition Brilli-ANT, we wanted a way to make all their friends and family welcome. 11 months is a long time for a dung beetle to be away from its family you know…so we have worked with artist Ruth Piggott to create the Grand Bug Pest Hotel, the worlds fanciest Bug Hotel.’

‘Come by and explore the hotel, make some guests (all insects welcome) and marvel at the luxury. Contin’ANT’ al breakfasts are included. We’re very excited to see our young visitor’s insect creations – by the end of the summer the Grand Bug Pest Hotel should be filled to the brim with insect guests!’ 

To book tickets and find out more visit The Story Museum website at

About The Story Museum:

The Story Museum is a most unusual museum in the heart of Oxford. It aims to enrich lives, especially young lives, through story. The Museum was established to ensure that everyone can enjoy and benefit from engaging with great stories and create stories of their own in a place full of wit and wonder.

Highlights include a Whispering Wood, an Enchanted Library and Small Worlds, a dedicated space for younger children as well as The Wood Shed, a 100-seat theatre, a learning studio and a temporary exhibition space. In addition to welcoming public visitors and school groups to its Galleries, the Museum also delivers an extensive public programme, including skills courses, workshops, drop-in activities and access visits for those wanting to enjoy the Museum in a more relaxed way, alongside a programme of funded community and school participation projects with targeted groups. The Museum attracts up to 100,000 visitors a year. Please visit our website for more information and details of museum/shop/café opening hours.


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