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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.

July 2014

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

Wednesday 30th July

Southsea Castle

Drop-in summer seaside art and craft family activities with The Creation Station. Fun family craft session, with everything you need to make some "Summer Seaside Art". Ages 2-11, adults can join in too. Sessions cost £3 per child. No booking required. Painting suits and overall provided.
1pm - 3pm

Thursday 31st July

Portsmouth City Museum

The Case of the Secret Code: A Sherlock trail for children aged 5 - 11. Sherlock Holmes needs your help to beat the clock, find the combination and break bad guy Moriarty's secret code!  Our Victorian guides will help you in your quest to find the hidden numbers and locate the mysterious locked chest.  So, don your super-sleuth hat, dust off your notebook and help us to solve The Case of the Secret Code.
10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm & 2pm.  Trails last 40 minutes.
For children aged 5 – 11.  A parent or carer must remain in the museum during the event.
Cost - Free. Places are limited; advance booking recommended - telephone 02392 834744 (Monday - Friday)

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 12th August

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Feathered Friends. Family workshops. Discover more about birds and make a little tern mobile with the RSPB. 
Suitable for families with primary aged children.
11am-12noon and 2pm-3pm.
Cost - Free, children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Places limited.  Book at the front desk or call 023 9181 5276.

Thursday 14th August

Portsmouth City Museum

The Case of the Secret Code: A Sherlock trail for children aged 5 - 11. Sherlock Holmes needs your help to beat the clock, find the combination and break bad guy Moriarty's secret code!  Our Victorian guides will help you in your quest to find the hidden numbers and locate the mysterious locked chest.  So, don your super-sleuth hat, dust off your notebook and help us to solve The Case of the Secret Code.
10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm & 2pm.  Trails last 40 minutes.
For children aged 5 – 11.  A parent or carer must remain in the museum during the event.
Cost - Free. Places are limited; advance booking recommended - telephone 02392 834744 (Monday - Friday)

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

Tuesday 19th August

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Feathered Friends. Family workshops. Discover more about birds and make a little tern mobile with the RSPB. 
Suitable for families with primary aged children.
11am-12noon and 2pm-3pm.
Cost - Free, children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Places limited.  Book at the front desk or call 023 9281 5276.

Wednesday 20th August

Southsea Castle

Colourful kites! Fantastic fun-filled family sessions. Book your place on these fantastic sessions where we will be making three awesome creations! For ages 2-11. Sessions cost £5 and £3 for siblings. Painting suits and overall provided. Book with Fiona Burn from the Creation Station on 023 9239 7116 or click here to email.
10.30am - 12 noon

Friday 22nd August

Portsmouth City Museum

Millers Ark Farm. Meet the animals. Free event for the whole family. 12pm - 2pm.

Tuesday 26th August

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

Wednesday 27th August

Portsmouth City Museum

Falconry Displays at the Museum. 12pm - 2.30pm.

Wednesday 27th August

Southsea Castle

Something fishy! Fantastic fun-filled family sessions. Book your place on these fantastic sessions where we will be making three awesome creations! For ages 2-11. Sessions cost £5 and £3 for siblings. Painting suits and overall provided. Book with Fiona Burn from the Creation Station on 023 9239 7116 or click here to email.
10.30am - 12 noon

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

September 2014

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. 10.30-12.30pm.

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

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

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.
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

No events currently confirmed

Other resources

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