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Visitor Information for Portsmouth Museum

Portsmouth Museum
Museum Road

Telephone: 023 9283 4779

Opening Times

April - September: 10.00am - 5.30pm.
October - March: 10.00am - 5.00pm.

Open Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays).
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Museum shop closes 15 minutes before closing time.

Closed 24 - 26 December and 1 January.

Changes to Opening Times
Tuesday 13th January - Open at 11am due to staff meeting.
Tuesday 20th January - Closing at 3.30pm due to staff meeting

The Records Office and Searchroom have now moved to the Portsmouth History Centre at the Central Library. Click here for opening times.


Free car parking in the grounds of the museum. Coaches may park in St George's Road (100 yards from the museum).

Park and ride

Find out more here about Portsmouth's park and ride services. The bus goes to the City Centre and The Hard, from the car park in the north of Portsmouth.


Selection of food, hot meals, sandwiches, cakes, snacks and drinks available.


Specialising in local history and decorative arts including local arts & crafts, gifts, souvenirs, greeting cards, fine art prints, toys, glassware, china and an extensive book section.

Length of Stay and Group Sizes

The typical visit time by a group is 1-1½ hours. The recommended maximum number arriving at any one time is 60. When visiting 'Story of Portsmouth', 'Portsmouth at Play' or temporary exhibitions, it is advisable to spilt into smaller groups of 15/20 within the museum to avoid overcrowding. All groups wishing to attend our events must be pre-booked, and it may not be possible for groups to book places during our busiest events.

Free Admission

Groups please book in advance. If you wish you can book now on-line.

Educational Groups

Schools please book in advance, telephone 023 9283 4744 / 4737 for reservations or send an email. If calling at weekends or when the group booking department is unavailable, please contact Portsmouth Museum directly


Toilets are available on the first floor (including accessible toilet combined with baby changing facilities on the ground floor).

Location Maps

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Tourism websites

Portsmouth's official visitor website History Revealed (focussing on a group of museums in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight) Hampshire Tourism website Tourism Southeast website Enjoy England - website of the English tourist board

Portsmouth Records Office
Visit the Records Office site
Visit the Natural History Museum Site
Visit the D-day museum site
Visit the Charles Dickens Birthplace site
Visit the Southsea Castle site
Visit the Portsmouth Museum Portal site


Looking at the 1950s living room

Fine and decorative art on display

Portsmouth at Play gallery

Museum shop