Portsmouth Museum (aka Portsmouth City Museum) is a local museum in Museum Road in the city of Portsmouth, southern England. It is one of six museums run by Portsmouth Museums, part of Portsmouth City Council. The museum is housed in a Grade II listed building.
The building dates from the 1890s and was previously part of the Clarence and Victoria Barracks complex, which apart from the museum block, were demolished in 1967. It became the museum in 1972.
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Christopher Daniels | Feb 24, 2018
Really enjoyable quirky museum. The pottery was very impressive and the Arthur Conan Doyle and football exhibitions were both well done. They also have a nice shop and cafe, a hidden gem!
Ni Turn | Feb 25, 2018
Drastically needs updating, it vaguely has the topics and subject matters right, but what people expect from the content and language of the display descriptions have changed. I want to know more about the people of Portsmouth who aren't sailors and "their women". I want to know about the waves of migration into the city, about the pressures, physical and political on the city. I want to know more about little-explored communities and how they experience Pompey. Too much of the material is built on misplaced nostalgia, and not even very well - after visiting the museum I went to a coffee shop in Southsea and in the toilets they had a "lost cinemas of Portsmouth" poster that was better than anything in the museum. The historical content is lacking as well. I think a trip to other great city-based British museums is in order; I recommend the museum of Liverpool (not the nearby world museum), to see a comprehensive and emotional handling of maritime heritage, as well as everything else people expect from a museum, complete with a timeline of the city from prehistoric times to now. York museum is also worth a look. Other than that, staff are lovely and engaged and the cafe, grounds and outside of the building are beautiful, worth a visit just for these.
Dawn Hobbs | Feb 1, 2018
Great, free afternoon out, really educational. Well displayed items with lots of information. Great selection of books in the foyer. Not impressed with the coffee shop, shame it used to be so nice.
Maria Santos | Jan 13, 2018
Had such a great time there! It's certainly a must see in portsmouth! There's a section where you can see how people used to live in the past in portsmouth, so interesting and interactive, make sure you bring 20p, 10p and 5p coins with you because you're going to need it to use in some old game machines, me and my fiancé had a really fun time! Hahaha don't forget to go upstairs and check the game over section, really amazing!!!
Fadi Hani Wahba | Feb 26, 2018
A good museum. About Portsmouth and how people used to live in it.
lizzie nicks | Mar 6, 2018
It's free. Interesting. I love the walk through time section.
Lesley Kamara | Apr 12, 2018
Been to the museum several times over the last 20 years and not much has really changed since my first visit. Doesn't take long to get round especially if you've seen it before. It is worth a visit if you've never been. There's a small café where you can get a drink and light bite to eat. Theres parking in the grounds and it's free to get in.
Martyn Bevan | May 2, 2018
Gives a glimpse of family life as the city developed due to its association with the Navy and dockyard and how portsmuthians used their leisure time. Should suit all ages from around 8 up for a couple of hours.
mizzy3010 | Apr 6, 2018
A lovely day out. The cafe has some wonderful food and drink
Avi Kolapo | Jun 8, 2018
Really cool and life like wax placements! Sound effects that take you to the historical times. Informative, fun and big museum. My kids loved it. We spent a long time looking at one particular piece, the xmas living piece has so much detail it looked so life like. Amazing.
suhail khan | Jun 6, 2018
Wonderful free museum with fascinating displays and info through the ages;there are 3 floors incl ground floor with lovely cafe and garden area for picnics at back of museum.2nd Floor open until 4.30pm with Pompey Football Section and Gaming Machines from yesteryear.Also Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes Section on Ground Floor.Fascinating Museum.Lovely welcoming friendly staff too.Highly recommended museum.Incredible that it is Free Admission.
D M | May 8, 2018
It's a great free museum, lots of information and some interesting displays but they are getting quite dated now. The grounds are lovely for a picnic and there's also a cafe.
Andrew Starr | Jun 23, 2018
Excellent Sherlock Holmes exhibition. Fine arts and the history of the city. A lovely cafē and gardens ideal for picnics and a large collection of vintage computer games.
Gail Barker | Jul 5, 2018
Small well kept museum. Want to wander the Conan Doyle/Sherlock Holmes display. Very cool. Also saw a setting that blew my husband and my mines. It was the 50/60 frontroom. We lol at all the things we recalled from grandparents and parents rooms. Blast from the past 😁👍
Richard Todd | Jul 5, 2018
Always a good place to go to kill an hour or two. How can people moan when it's free, go and see abit of history at the taxpayers expense. Well done, keep up the good work will visit again when in the area.
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