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Visitor Information for Portsmouth Museum
During normal opening hours (see below): 023 9283 4779
At other times: 023 9282 6722 (Visitor Information Centre and museum switchboard)
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.
Due to operational reasons the 2nd Floor Galleries (Fine Arts; Game Over; Football in the City) will be closed on the following dates: 22nd Sept; 23rd Sept; 30th Sept; 8th Oct; 9th Oct; 15th Oct and 22nd Oct. Please phone 023 9283 4779 for more information. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Wednesday 16th November 2016: The museum will be closed so that staff can complete essential training. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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.
Groups please book in advance. If you wish you can book now on-line.
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).
Visitors are welcome to borrow from the museum's range of garden games to play in the grounds. We have: noughts and crosses, wooden skittles, giant dominoes, velcro ball, 4-in-a-row, croquet, quoits and ludo. A £5 returnable deposit is required to borrow any games.
History Revealed (focussing on a group of museums in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight)