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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: February - March - April onwards
Also see our Exhibitions page.

February 2016

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Saturday 6th February 2016

Southsea Wildlife Watch - Wildlife Arts
Fun wildlife-themed and outdoor activities for children aged 5-15 years.
Southsea Wildlife Watch runs monthly on the 3rd Saturday of the month between 10am-12noon. 
Wildlife Watch events are for families and young people that want to get out and about and more involved with nature. The activities are based mostly outdoors, in natural surroundings. Please make sure you come prepared with a waterproof coat and some wellies. 
Please note, under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is not required. For more information please contact Dawn Morgan at wildlifewatch@hiwwt.org.uk or Erin Ramsbottom for 2016 events on erinramsbottom@googlemail.com

Charles Dicken's Birthplace Museum

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th February 2016

Dickens' Birthday Free Weekend
Special free opening of the museum to celebrate the birth of Charles Dickens.
The Sunday will include three cheers for Dickens at 11am led by the Lord Mayor and readings by the Dickens Fellowship.
Free admission. Museum open 10am - 5pm.

Portsmouth Museum

Tuesday 16th February 2016

Recycled Robots - Family Craft Activities
Enjoy robot-themed art and craft activities inspired by children's TV. Build a robot from recycled materials in true Blue Peter style, make and decorate funky robot glasses and create your own character puppet. Explore our 'Here's one I made earlier' examples to give you ideas and let your imagination run wild.
A Creation Station workshop suitable for children aged 2 - 11 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Drop-in, no need to book. £3 per child or £1.75 with Portsmouth Leisure Card. Accompanying adults free.

Eastney Beam Engine House

Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th February

Eastney Beam Engine House open day
Come and see a pair of classic Boulton Watt beam engines and pumps. Open 1pm - 5pm. Free admission.

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th February

All about bees
Drop-in sessions for children and adults to learn more about our bee hive, how the bees live and try on some beekeeper's clothing.
Free drop-in sessions, 10.30am - 12.30pm.

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Thursday 18th February

Sensational sea creatures
Enjoy art and craft activities inspired by the amazing creatures that live in the sea. A Creation Station drop-in workshop suitable for children aged 2-11 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
£3 per child. £1.75 with leisure card. 11am - 3pm.

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Friday 19th February 2016

Surviving the winter
Join the Portsdown Hill Countryside Officer for activities that reveal how plants, insects and birds get through the winter. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Free drop-in session. 11am - 2pm.

Portsmouth Museum

Sunday 21st February 2016

Talk - Famous and Infamous of Portsmouth
A selection of the dastardly deeds and mysterious events that have been features of life in Portsmouth since the 12th century charter.
Starts at 2.30pm. £3.00 per person, Leisure Card £1, accompanied children free.
Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day from the D Day Museum and Portsmouth Museum.

Eastney Beam Engine House

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th February

Eastney Beam Engine House open day
Come and see a pair of classic Boulton Watt beam engines and pumps. Open 1pm - 5pm. Free admission.

Portsmouth Museum

Sunday 28th February 2016

The History of Punch and Judy - Talk
Portsmouth Guiding Service will be delving into the history of the great funfair tradition, Punch and Judy. They'll explore the story of Punch, Judy, the crocodile and SAUSAGES!
The History of Punch and Judy begins at 2.30pm, Sunday 28th February
Tickets must be bought in advance from Portsmouth Museum or the D-Day Museum. Admission, £3 per person. Portsmouth Leisure Card holders £1, accompanied children Free.

March 2016

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Saturday 26th March 2016

Southsea Wildlife Watch - Signs of Spring
Fun wildlife-themed and outdoor activities for children aged 5-15 years.
Southsea Wildlife Watch runs monthly on the 3rd Saturday of the month between 10am-12noon. 
Wildlife Watch events are for families and young people that want to get out and about and more involved with nature. The activities are based mostly outdoors, in natural surroundings. Please make sure you come prepared with a waterproof coat and some wellies. 
Please note, under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is not required. For more information please contact Dawn Morgan at wildlifewatch@hiwwt.org.uk or Erin Ramsbottom for 2016 events on erinramsbottom@googlemail.com

April onwards

D-Day Museum

Monday 6th June 2016

Free admission to the D-Day Museum to mark the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.
More details of events to follow nearer the time.
Museum open 10am - 5.30pm

D-Day Museum

Saturday 25th June 2016

Free admission to the D-Day Museum to mark Armed Forces Day.
More details of events to follow nearer the time.
Museum open 10am - 5.30pm

 

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