Portland Basin Museum

Portland Basin Museum
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Portland Basin is an award winning museum housed in a reconstruction of the historic 1834 Ashton canal warehouse.
Discover the life and work experiences of the people of Tameside. Explore a typical Tameside street of 1928 with its shops, houses, school, chapel and doctor's surgery - all brought to life with the latest audio-visual techniques.

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Opening hours

Opening times: Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm (Oct-June)
Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm (July-Sept)
Closed Monday except Bank Holidays.

Admission charges

Free admission

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Inland Waterways, Land Transport, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport, Toys and Hobbies

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Clickety Click exhibition pod at Portland Basin Museum

Clickety Click

  • 30 November 2015 — 1 June 2016 *on now

Clickety-Click is the latest exhibition to open at Portland Basin Museum. The exhibition uses vintage cameras from the museum’s collection to show how cameras and amateur photography have developed over the past century. From the Kodak Box Brownie cameras of the early 1900s, to Polaroids from the 1960s, disc cameras of the 1990s, to finally the growth of digital cameras and camera phones. The cameras have all been donated to the museum by local people and all must have captured countless special moments during their use.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Meet Tommy Atkins image

Meet Tommy Atkins

  • 1 June 2016 11am-3pm
  • 8 June 2016 11am-3pm
  • 27 July 2016 11am-3pm
  • 3 August 2016 11am-3pm
  • 10 August 2016 11am-3pm
  • 17 August 2016 11am-3pm
  • 24 August 2016 11am-3pm
  • 26 October 2016 11am-3pm

Are you interested in the First World War?

Have you ever wondered what a soldier wore, what he ate, how he lived, fought and died in the 'Great War for Civilisation'?

Then why not visit the Museum of Portland Basin Museum and try on the uniform he wore and handle the equipment that he carried.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Quilting Bee with their patchwork quilt

Quilting Bee

  • 25 May 2016 1-3pm *on now
  • 8 June 2016 1-3pm
  • 22 June 2016 1-3pm
  • 13 July 2016 1-3pm
  • 27 July 2016 1-3pm
  • 10 August 2016 1-3pm
  • 24 August 2016 1-3pm
  • 14 September 2016 1-3pm
  • 28 September 2016 1-3pm
  • 12 October 2016 1-3pm
  • 26 October 2016 1-3pm
  • 9 November 2016 1-3pm
  • 23 November 2016 1-3pm
  • 14 December 2016 1-3pm

A friendly quilting and patchwork group. We meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Portland Basin Museum
Heritage Wharf
Portland Place






0161 343 2878


0161 343 2869

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.