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
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.
toy box tales

Toy Box Tales

  • 6 April — 6 October 2019 *on now

FOR anyone who has a little Peter Pan about their character, and has never fully grown up, the new exhibition at Portland Basin Museum should be a real treat.

Toy Box Tales, which opens on Saturday, April 6, looks back at playthings that have entertained children – and older generations – since Victorian times. It offers a chance to step back in time and explore toys and games from the past.

Items on display include books, jigsaws, card and board games, dolls and teddies, as well as much-loved classics ranging from Scalextric, Lego, My Little Pony, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Toy Story and Thunderbirds through to Atari and gaming memorabilia.

There will also be a fun interactive area with lots of games and toys to play with, and a dressing up area for children.

Portland Basin Museum, which is in Portland Place, Ashton, is open 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is free. For more information call 0161 343 2873.




Portland Basin Museum
Heritage Wharf
Portland Place

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0161 343 2878


0161 343 2869

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