Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery

Portsmouth

Type:Museum

Portsmouth Museum, Museum Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2LJ

Tel: +44 023 9282 7261

City Museum - Landscape

About

Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery is the museum of and for the people of Portsmouth, featuring exciting and varied displays.

In the Story of Portsmouth you can discover how life at home has changed over the generations, with reconstructions of a 17th century bedchamber, an 1871 dockyard worker's kitchen, a Victorian parlour, a 1930s kitchen and a 1950s living room. The story continues with 'Portsmouth at Play', on the beach, in the cinema, on the football field and dance floor. The Fine and Decorative Art Gallery features a wide range of material from the 17th century to the present day.

A Study in Sherlock explores the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the creation of his most famous character. It features a range of interactive displays, a ‘new’ Sherlock Holmes mystery, and narration by Stephen Fry, the Patron of the Collection. Come and experience the world of Sherlock Holmes and fine-tune your own powers of detection!

Find out more about Arthur Conan Doyle here.

Football in the City is an exciting permanent gallery space devoted to the beautiful game. Currently on display are rare items such as both footballs from the 1939 and 2008 FA Cup Finals.

No Place Like Pompey considers the question of what makes Portsmouth unique. Is it one particular place, the city’s geography, its past or its people? The exhibition examines the fact that most of Portsmouth lies on an island, the city’s links with the dockyard and the Royal Navy, and the fortifications that made Portsmouth one of the most heavily defended areas in the country.

Magnifying Sherlock allows you to turn detective at Portsmouth Museum and follow the trail of the ultimate sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, and his creator Arthur Conan Doyle, who lived and worked in Portsmouth. Download this thrilling free experience as you follow in the footsteps of Sherlock on a navigational trail. Use your smartphone to stream the trail, or hire out an iPod from the City Museum reception desk. If you borrow an iPod you will be required to show photo ID such as a driver's licence.

As well as the above permanent exhibitions, a regularly changing programme of displays in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery ensures that there is always something to see or do.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Free entry for all visitors. Donations to Portsmouth Museum are welcome.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Beach / Coast within walking distance
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies - Licensed as a venue for civil ceremonies. The museum will not close to the public whilst weddings are taking place. This will accommodate 60 people.
  • Lift
  • Marquee Space Available
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • On street parking only
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1-1.5 hours
  • Groups Accepted - Must book in advance
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - Most suitable for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. 'The Victorians' teaching sessions available.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

M27 to M275 to city.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Portsmouth Harbour.

Opening Times

Winter Opening Hours (1 Oct 2022 - 31 Mar 2023)
DayTimes
MondayClosed
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Summer Opening Hours (1 Apr 2023 - 30 Sept 2023)
DayTimes
MondayClosed
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Last admission is half an hour before closing time.

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