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Portsmouth City Museum

5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)
  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • All Ages
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

Portsmouth City Museum is a great place for visitors to the city to get a good introduction to the city and also has events programmes for local residents.

Kids will love the look of the place, which is reminiscent of a fairy tale castle, with turrets and pointed roofs, but it is actually a former barracks!

The main display in the museum is the ‘Story of Portsmouth' and gives kids a great chance to learn how life at home has changed over the centuries in the galleries, which reconstruct a Victorian parlour, a 1930s kitchen, a 1950s living room.

There is also a dockyard worker's kitchen from 1871 and a 17th century bedchamber. Kids can find out about a different decade in each room.

The museum also displays temporary exhibitions on a wide range of subjects so repeat visits can be just as fun as the first one.

Permanent exhibitions include ‘A Study in Sherlock', which gives kids a chance to learn about Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous creation. The gallery explores Doyle's life and includes a Sherlock Holmes mystery.

The ‘No place like Pompey' exhibit explains many of the things that make Portsmouth unique and many of the things that you will notice as the kids explore the city.

There is also a picture gallery, a neat little football exhibition and an art collection so there really is something for everyone to enjoy!

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Opening hours

April - September
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

October - March
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00


Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


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

Phone number

023 92826722



Click here to visit Portsmouth City Museum's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Portsmouth City Museum has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Portsmouth City Museum has not told us about their dining options.

Yes, Portsmouth City Museum is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

No, Portsmouth City Museum have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Portsmouth City Museum has not told us if they are dog friendly.


Great time had by all 5 out of 5 stars

Been coming here for years. Now with my children. We all love it. Friendly staff. The little tea room does nice food and reasonably priced but could do with being a bit more friendly but other than that great visit each time.

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