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What’s On at Portsmouth Museums

We update this list regularly, as new events are confirmed. Click on the month to jump to that point in the listings: May - June - August - September - October - November - December

April 2014

Friday 18th to Monday 21st April

Portsmouth City Museum

Easter Fair

Easter Fair. Visit the Museum for a family fun Easter weekend. Family activities include donkey rides, Easter stalls, mini funfair rides, bouncy castle and giant games. Take part in our Easter trail (50p) and get a free chocolate egg! Bring along or make your Easter Bonnet on site then make sure you are there on Easter Monday when the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth will judge the best bonnet and the winner will receive a giant Easter egg. Entry is free with a small charge for activities. Please note there will be no parking on site during this event.

Monday 7th to Friday 18th April

D-Day Museum

Meet Normandy Veterans. Members of the Portsmouth branch of the Normandy Veterans Association will be at the D-Day Museum to chat to visitors about their experiences around the time of D-Day. Come and find out what it was like, from the people who were actually there! Veterans may not be able to attend every day, so please phone on the day of your visit (023 9282 6722) if you wish to confirm in advance that the veterans have been able to attend that day.
Usual admission price applies. Museum open 10.00am - 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm. Veterans present 11.00am - 3.00pm.

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th April

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

RSBP. The RSPB will be in the Cumberland House garden to help you find out more about Portsmouth bird life. You can also make your own bird feeder! 11am - 4pm

Tuesday 15th April

Southsea Castle

Easter Arts and Crafts. The Creation Station will be providing fantastic art and craft activities for children aged 2-11 years to enjoy.  Their creative workshops provide exciting, nurturing and safe experiences for your child to explore their imagination.  Come along and join in the fun! 10am - 4pm 

Wednesday 16th April

D-Day Museum

Youth Open Day. Our youth advisory board (Blackout44) are holding a Youth Open Day at the D-Day Museum. Free activities during the day for children and young people. Preview the Blackout44 documentary and exhibition. Art activity. Free museum goody bag. Free admission to the museum.

Activities 11:30am - 3:30pm. Museum open 10am - 5.30pm.

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th April

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open day at Eastney Beam Engine House. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home. Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House. Free admission. 1pm - 5pm.

May 2014

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th May

D-Day Museum

D-Day anniversary conference. Want to find out more about the latest research into D-Day and the Battle of Normandy from experts in the field, and also about research by local community groups into the D-Day connections of their local areas? Then this conference, aimed at a wide audience, is for you! It will take place at the D-Day Museum. The conference will also include a visit to Southwick House, where the Allied commanders met just before D-Day. Tickets now available: book before 25 April. Click here for more details. Please contact us (click here to email) if you would like to receive updates on the conference programme.

Saturday 24th May - Sunday 1st June

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Alice in Wonderland Trail. Take the Alice in Wonderland trail around the museum to discover some of the animal characters from the book. For families. Cost - Free Booking- No need to book, just drop in.  10am-4.30pm

Monday 26th to Friday 30th May

D-Day Museum

Meet Normandy Veterans. Members of the Portsmouth branch of the Normandy Veterans Association will be at the D-Day Museum to chat to visitors about their experiences around the time of D-Day. Come and find out what it was like, from the people who were actually there! Veterans may not be able to attend every day, so please phone on the day of your visit (023 9282 6722) if you wish to confirm in advance that the veterans have been able to attend that day.
Usual admission price applies. Museum open 10.00am - 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm. Veterans present 11.00am - 3.00pm.

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th May

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open day at Eastney Beam Engine House. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home. Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House. Free admission. 1pm - 5pm.

Thursday 29th May

Portsmouth City Museum

Building Patterns: art workshop for families. Use pattern and repetition, colour and shape to construct a group sculpture inspired by Portsmouth’s Tricorn Centre and other 1960s buildings. Suitable for families with children aged 8 and over.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Maximum three children per adult. Free. Places limited.  Pre-booking required.  Call 02392 834744 (Monday – Friday). 1pm – 3pm

June 2014

Tuesday 3rd - Sunday 8th June

D-Day Museum and Southsea seafront

70th anniversary of D-Day. In 2014 the city of Portsmouth (home of the D-Day Museum) will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day landings with events over six days. From 3rd to 8th June, there will be a veterans’ centre on the Southsea seafront, where Normandy veterans will be able to meet each other and members of the modern armed forces. On 5th June a drumhead service and parade on Southsea Common will be held, following this there will be an amphibious landing on Southsea beach by the Royal Navy. In the evening there will be a Sunset Concert for Heroes aimed specifically at veterans and their families as guest of honour. On 6th June, we turn our focus to the remembrance of D-Day with a service at the D-Day Stone in Southsea led by the Royal British Legion. The weekend of 7th - 8th June will see military vehicles, re-enactors and other activities bringing the wartime period to life on the seafront. Other events and exhibitions are also planned, and nearer the time more information will be published at www.visitportsmouth.co.uk. Events are still being planned, and more details will be released nearer the time.

Saturday 28th June

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Talks in the butterfly house and insect-themed activities for families. Part of National Insect Week. 
Everyone welcome. Cost: free. No need to book, just drop in. 12pm-4pm.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th June

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open day at Eastney Beam Engine House. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home. Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House. Free admission. 1pm - 5pm.

Saturday 28th June

D-Day Museum

Armed Forces Day event. Free admission to the D-Day Museum to mark Armed Forces Day. Talks by George Batts L d'Hon (General Secretary of the Normandy Veterans Association), Alastair Dutch OBE and Brigadier Clive Elderton CBE on 'Recording the memories of Normandy Veterans' at 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. Large model ship display by the Surface Warship Association. Also a chance to meet Normandy veterans, and see military vehicles and re-enactors. Museum open 10.00am - 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm.
(Please note that this event was originally planned for Sunday 29th June, but due to a triathlon taking place on the seafront on that day we have changed the date to Saturday 28th June.)

July 2014

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th July

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open day at Eastney Beam Engine House. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home. Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House. Free admission. 1pm - 5pm.

Tuesday 29th July

Portsmouth City Museum

Discover Portsmouth in the First World War.  Examine the evidence! Talk to the experts, uncover personal stories, touch, see and question, museum and archive collections. Explore The Lest We Forget First World War exhibition. Guest Stars - The City Museum  and the Portsmouth History Centre.
Family drop-in day, no booking required. 10.30am - 4.30pm

August 2014

Monday 4th to Friday 29th August

D-Day Museum

Meet Normandy Veterans. Members of the Portsmouth branch of the Normandy Veterans Association will be at the D-Day Museum to chat to visitors about their experiences around the time of D-Day. Come and find out what it was like, from the people who were actually there! Veterans may not be able to attend every day, so please phone on the day of your visit (023 9282 6722) if you wish to confirm in advance that the veterans have been able to attend that day.
Usual admission price applies. Museum open 10.00am - 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm. Veterans present 11.00am - 3.00pm.

Tuesday 5th August

Portsmouth City Museum

Discover the Royal Naval Services in the First World War. Examine the evidence! Talk to the experts, uncover personal stories, touch, see and question, museum and archive collections. Explore The Lest We Forget First World War exhibition. Guest Stars - The National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Family drop-in day, no booking required. 10.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 12th August

Portsmouth City Museum

Discover the Air Services in the First World War. Examine the evidence! Talk to the experts, uncover personal stories, touch, see and question, museum and archive collections. Explore The Lest We Forget First World War exhibition. Guest Stars - Royal Air Force Museum Hendon.
Family drop-in day, no booking required. 10.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 19th August

Portsmouth City Museum

Discover the Army in the First World War. Examine the evidence! Talk to the experts, uncover personal stories, touch, see and question, museum and archive collections. Explore The Lest We Forget First World War exhibition. Guest Stars - Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson.
Family drop-in day, no booking required. 10.30am - 4.30pm

Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st August

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open day at Eastney Beam Engine House. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home. Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House. Free admission. 1pm - 5pm

September 2014

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th September

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open day at Eastney Beam Engine House. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home. Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House. Free admission. 1pm - 5pm

October 2014

Monday 27th to Friday 31st October

D-Day Museum

Meet Normandy Veterans. Members of the Portsmouth branch of the Normandy Veterans Association will be at the D-Day Museum to chat to visitors about their experiences around the time of D-Day. Come and find out what it was like, from the people who were actually there! Veterans may not be able to attend every day, so please phone on the day of your visit (023 9282 6722) if you wish to confirm in advance that the veterans have been able to attend that day.
Usual admission price applies. Museum open 10.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.30pm. Veterans present 11.00am - 3.00pm.

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th October

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open day at Eastney Beam Engine House. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home. Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House. Free admission. 1pm - 5pm

November 2014

Sunday 9th November

D-Day Museum

Remembrance Sunday. Free admission to the D-Day Museum to mark the occasion. Museum open 10.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.30pm.

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th November

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open day at Eastney Beam Engine House. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home. Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House. Free admission. 1pm - 5pm

December 2014

No events currently confirmed

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