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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: August - September - October - November - December
Also see our Exhbitions page.

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.
Please note that veterans may not be able to be present 18-25 August: please phone us on the day to confirm if they have been able to come.
Usual admission price applies. Museum open 10.00am - 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm. Veterans present 11.00am - 3.00pm.

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

Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Reptile and Amphibian Weekend. Portsmouth's Reptile and Amphibian Society will be at the museum with some amazing animals for you to meet! Free. No booking required, just drop in. 10am-5pm

Sunday 31st August

Southsea Castle

Archery Taster Session. Come to Southsea Castle and try your hand at archery in this instructor led session. 1pm-2pm £12 per person £6 with a Portsmouth Leisure Card. For 10 year olds and over. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. To book call 02392 834744.

September 2014

Friday 12th September

Portsmouth Museum

Heritage Open Days. An intimate and informative tour of our Picture and Fine Art Galleries with Collections Supremo Rosalinda Hardiman. Event not suitable for children under the age of 16.

Opening Times - Friday: 1100 & 1400

Booking Details - Main site is free to explore but the tour must be pre-booked Contact: Sharon Watling Call: 023 9283 4737 Email: musvis@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.  Booking closes: 5 September 2014 @17:00

Access Information - Only two wheelchairs can be accommodated per group of 10.

Additional information - Max 10 people per tour/session.

Saturday 27th September

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Butterfly Drawing Class. Learn how to draw beautiful butterflies using real specimens with local artist Elizabeth Diggins. Participants should be over 16. Cost - £10 per person/Leisure card holders £6. Places limited.  Pre-booking required.  Call 023 9283 4744. 10.30am - 12.30pm.

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

Tuesday 7th October

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Over 60s' Tour of Cumberland House. Part of the Over 60s Festival. Find out more about the history of Cumberland House and the museum's natural history displays. Please note that part of this tour will involve stairs. 
For Portsmouth residents over the age of 60.
Cost - Free
Places limited. Please call 023 9283 4698 to reserve your place.
11am - 12pm

Wednesday 8th OctoberCopyright - Bear It In Mind

Portsmouth Museum

The Teddy Bear Doctors. Is your teddy bear poorly?  Would you like to know more about a bear you have inherited or purchased?  Local teddy bear experts and restorers, Amanda and Julie from Bear It In Mind, will be available to answer any questions regarding age, identification or ‘clinical’ advice for your bear.  Some treatments such as eye replacements and claw stitching will be available for a small charge on the day.  Bears in need of more complex or lengthy treatments will need to be taken to the studio-workshop for restoration and repair.  Free estimates on costs and timescales can be given on the day.

Amanda and Julie will also be demonstrating traditional bear making techniques throughout the day.

Pop in for a chat and don’t forget to bring your bear!

Admission free. All welcome.

For further information visit www.bearitinmind.com 

10am to 1pm

Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November

Portsmouth Museum

Art Detective Challenge. Take the Art Detective Challenge and explore the museum's Picture Gallery with our 'Journeys' themed, self-guided trail.  Claim your special museum sticker when you complete the activity.
Trail sheets cost 50p.

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

Tuesday 28th October

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Owl Pellet Investigation.  Find out about owls and how they eat before having a go at finding out what's inside a real owl pellet.  Not for the squeamish!
For families with children aged 7 and over.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost - £3 per child / £1.70 with Portsmouth Leisure Card.  Accompanying adults free.
Booking- Places limited.  Pre-booking required.  Call 023 9283 4744.
10:30-11:30am

Wednesday 29th October

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Going Batty. Join Hampshire Bat Group and The Friends of Cumberland House to find out all about bats and take part in some bat themed craft!
Most suitable for families with children aged 3-9. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost - £2 per child / £1 with a Portsmouth Leisure card
Booking - Places limited.  Pre-booking required.  Call 023 9283 4744.
10:30-12noon and 1pm-2:30pm

November 2014

Saturday 1st November

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Autumn Art. Create autumn inspired masterpieces using seasonal materials.
For families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost - £2 per child/ £1 with a Portsmouth Leisure card.
Booking - no need to book, just drop in.
10.30am-12.30pm

Sunday 9th November

D-Day Museum

Remembrance Sunday. Free admission to the D-Day Museum to mark the occasion.
30-minute talks at 12pm and 2pm: "D-Day - The Last of the Liberators." A collection of portraits of some of the last veterans of the Normandy landings retracing their steps seventy years later. Photographer Robin Savage displays and discusses his favourite photographs from his new book. No booking required, just turn up.
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

Wednesday 10th December

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Santa Safari. Rudolph has gone missing and it is up to Santa and the other Reindeer to try and find him before Christmas morning. Santa visits a variety of places and encounters lots of different animals on his quest to find Rudolph, but will he find him in time?
For children aged 2-5 and their carers.
Cost - £3 per child / Leisure card holders £1.70
Booking - Places limited.  Pre-booking required.  Call 023 9283 4744
10.30am - 11.30am

Other resources

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