Portsmouth City Museum

Portsmouth City Museum
Museum Road
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 2LJ
England

Website

www.portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk/

E-mail

mvs@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

education@portsmouthmuseums.co.uk

Telephone

023 9282 7261

Fax

023 9287 5276

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.
Recreation of a Victorian parlour
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The City is the museum of and for the people of Portsmouth. There are temporary exhibition galleries, which have a frequently changing parade of fascinating shows on a wide range of subjects.

The City Museum is dedicated to local history and fine and decorative art. 'The Story of Portsmouth' displays room settings showing life in Portsmouth from the 17th century to the 1950s using modern audio-visual techniques. Experience the different lifestyles of the Victorian working poor in the 'Dockyard Workers Cottage' and the affluent 'Victorian Parlour'. A 1930s kitchen with everything including the kitchen sink! A 1930s 'Art Deco' dining room and a 1950s front room complete with flying ducks on the wall and early television showing "Listen With Mother".

The 'Portsmouth at Play' exhibition looks at all aspects of leisure pursuits from the Victorian period to the 1970s. "What the Butler Saw" machines on the pier, a "Pennyfarthing" cycle and film archives from the 1930s and 1960s.

Our special exhibition ‘A Study in Sherlock’ looks at the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the context of Victorian and Edwardian England, his strong relationship with Portsmouth (where he wrote the first 2 Sherlock Holmes stories) and the creation and phenomenon that is Sherlock Holmes.

Narrated by Stephen Fry, the exhibition includes the opportunity to watch a new Sherlock Holmes mystery, become one of the Bakers Street Irregulars, listen to some of the stories and act them out using hand-puppets.

'Football in the City: A space in the heart of Portsmouth’ is a permanent new and exciting interactive gallery space devoted to the 'beautiful game'. Currently on display are rare items such as both footballs from the 1939 and 2008 FA Cup Finals.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays

Closed 24-26 December and 1 January

April - October 10.00am - 5.30pm
November - March 10.00am - 5.00pm

Admission charges

Free admission

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Local History, Arthur Conan Doyle, Story of Portsmouth, Portsmouth at Play, No Place Like Pompey

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History, Maritime, Literature

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Lest We Forget Poster and image of James Ockendon VC MM

Portsmouth Museums Lest We Forget Exhibition

  • 19 July 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

Portsmouth City Museum has been awarded £97,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for Lest We Forget - an exhibition which will commemorate the anniversary of the start of the First World War.

At the heart of the Lest We Forget exhibition are collections relating to some 200 or so individuals: servicemen and women and civilians supporting the war effort at home. The collection includes photographs, documents, medals, memorials, certificates of thanks, commemorative and war effort items, as well as gifts to servicemen provided by Princess Mary.

Objects entrusted into the City's care by descendants, reveal stories that offer tantalising glimpses into the lives of local people caught up in this world wide conflict. Portsmouth Museum invites visitors of all ages to uncover personal stories that reveal the fates of those involved on their journeys of chance, choice and destiny in the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

http://www.portsmouthmuseums.co.uk/museum-service/first-world-war-centenary

No Place Like Pompey

  • 26 August 2011 — 31 December 2015 *on now

What makes Portsmouth unique?
Is it one particular place, the city’s geography, its past or its people? A new exhibition at the City Museum looks at some of the things that make "Pompey” special. These include the fact that most of Portsmouth lies on an island, the city’s links with the dockyard and the Royal Navy, and the fortifications that made Portsmouth one of the most heavily defended areas in the country.

“Pompey” is a local name for the city of Portsmouth. There are many stories about where the name came from, but the true origin is not certain.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Portsmouth City Museum

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.
photograph of woman in ww1 clothing

Discover: Portsmouth in the First World War

  • 26 August 2014 10:30am-4pm

A family Drop in Day on Tuesday 29th July and 26th August. Come along and discover Portsmouth in the First World War.

Examine the evidence,talk to the experts and uncover personal stories.

Touch, see and question, museum and archive collections.

Explore The Lest We Forget Exhibition.

Guest Stars: Portsmouth Museum and the Portsmouth History Centre.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

http://www.portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk

photograph of US navy battleships

Discover: The Royal Naval Services in the First World War

  • 5 August 2014 10:30am-4pm

Come along for a family Drop in Day on Tuesday 5th August and discover the Royal Naval Services in the First World War.

Examine the evidence, talk to the experts and uncover personal stories.
Touch, see and question the museum and archive collections.

Explore The Lest We Forget Exhibition.

Guest Stars: The National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

http://www.portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk

photograph of ww1 biplane

Discover: The Air Services in the First World War

  • 12 August 2014 10:30am-4pm

Come along for a family Drop in Day on Tuesday 12th August and discover the Air Services in the First World War.

Examine the evidence, talk to the experts and uncover personal stories.
Touch, see and question the museum and archive collections.

Explore The Lest We Forget Exhibition.

Guest Stars: Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

http://www.portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk

photograph of field communications during ww1

Discover: The Army in the First World War

  • 19 August 2014 10am-4pm

Come along for a family Drop in Day on Tuesday 19th August and discover the Army in the First World War.

Examine the evidence, talk to the experts and uncover personal stories.
Touch, see and question the museum and archive collections.

Explore The Lest We Forget Exhibition.

Guest Stars: Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

http://www.portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk

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