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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: June - July onwards 
Also see our Exhibitions page.

May 2016

Cumberland House

Saturday 21st May

Southsea Wildlife Watch - Wildlife Discovery

Fun wildlife-themed activities to get 5-15 year-olds more involved with nature. Most activities are outdoors in natural surroundings so please dress appropriately.
Under-8s must be accompanied by an adult. Cost Suggested donation £3 per person. 10am - 12pm.

Eastney Beam Engine House

Saturday 28th May & Sunday 29th May

Beam Engine House open days

Come and see a pair of classic Boulton and Watt beam engines and pumps. We cannot guarantee the engines will be in steam.
Free entry, donations very welcome. 1pm - 5pm.

Southsea Castle

Sunday 29th May & Monday 30th May

The Mary Rose visits Southsea Castle

Free family fun days including pop-up Mary Rose Museum, have-a-go archery, dressing-up, artefacts handling and illustrated talks.
Free entry, donations welcome. 10am - 5.30pm.

Portsmouth Museum

Tuesday 31st May 

Fantasy Journeys

Enjoy art and craft activities on the theme on fantasy journeys.  A Creation Station workshop suitable for children aged 2-11.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: £3 per child / £1.75 with Leisure Card. Sessions last one hour: 11am - 12noon, 12.30 - 1.30pm & 1.45 - 2.45pm. Places limited.  Book on the day at Portsmouth Museum reception or on 023 9283 4779 or just turn up.


June 2016 

Cumberland House

Thursday 2nd June 

Butterflies & Minibeasts

Enjoy art and craft activities inspired by butterflies and minibeasts.  A Creation Station workshop suitable for children aged 2-11.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Cost: £3 per child / £1.75 with Leisure Card. Sessions last one hour: 11am - 12noon, 12.30 - 1.30pm & 1.45 - 2.45pm. Places limited.  Book on the day at Cumberland House reception or on 023 9281 5276 or just turn up.

Cumberland House

Friday 3rd June 

All About Bees

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

Cumberland House

Saturday 4th June 

Mythical Creatures

Design your own mythical creature inspired by museum displays and make a clay model to bring it to life.  Family activity with Natural Selection Learning.  Suitable for children aged 6+.   All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: £2 per child / £1.20 with Leisure Card. 11am - 12noon and 1.30 - 2.30pm. Places are limited and must be booked in advance.  Telephone 023 9281 5276 or book at Cumberland House reception.

D-Day Museum

Monday 6th June 

Free admission to the D-Day Museum to mark the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.

30-minute films of interviews with Normandy veterans at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Meet Normandy veterans (pm).
Museum open 10am - 5.30pm

Portsmouth Museum

Wednesdays 8th & 22nd June 

Poetry workshops for adults

Join writer Denise Bennett for a two-part poetry workshop inspired by Edward King's atmospheric paintings of Portsmouth in the 1940s.  Both experienced and new writers are welcome. 
Session one (8th June): Explore different ways of stepping into a painting and use memory and imagination to write its stories to life.
Session two (22nd June): An optional follow-up workshop with advice on how to craft and develop your work offered in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Cost: £7 session one only / £3 with Leisure Card. £10 both sessions / £5 with Leisure Card. Both sessions run 10.15am - 12.15pm. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on 023 9283 4744.

D-Day Museum

Saturday 25th June 

Free admission to the D-Day Museum to mark Armed Forces Day.

Display of model warships from the Surface Warship Association.
More details of events to follow nearer the time.
Museum open 10am - 5.30pm

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Saturday 25th June 

Amazing Minibeasts

Explore the wonderful world of insects with bug-themed activities and crafts.  Family drop-in event with Natural Selection Learning to celebrate National Insect Week.  Suitable for children aged 6+. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: £3 per child / £1.75 with Leisure Card. 1pm - 4pm. Please note, if the event proves very popular you may need to wait and we may not be able to accommodate everyone.

Cumberland House

Saturday 25th June

What Southsea Wildlife Watch - Bugs and Bees

Learn about the world of bees during National Insect Week with the Cumberland House Museum busy bee colony. Wildlife Watch events are fun wildlife-themed activities to get 5-15 year-olds more involved with nature. Most activities are outdoors in natural surroundings so please dress appropriately. Under-8s must be accompanied by an adult.
Suggested donation £3 per person. 10am-12pm.

Eastney Beam Engine House

Saturday 25th June & Sunday 26th June

Beam Engine House open days

Come and see a pair of classic Boulton and Watt beam engines and pumps. We cannot guarantee the engines will be in steam.
Free entry, donations very welcome. 1pm-5pm.

July 2016 onwards

Portsmouth Museum

Tuesday 26 July, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Street Scenes Collage & Mixed Media Art Workshop for Adults

Work with artist Simon Cowper to create your own street scene using paints, torn and cut papers, drawing and printmaking techniques.  Beginners welcome.
Places limited.  Book in advance on 02392 834744.
Cost: £20 / £12 with Leisure Card including materials and refreshments

Portsmouth Museum

Wednesdays 14th September & 28th September 

Poetry workshops for adults

Join writer Denise Bennett for a two-part poetry workshop inspired by Edward King's atmospheric paintings of Portsmouth in the 1940s.  Both experienced and new writers are welcome. 
Session one (14th September): Use Edward King's paintings of bomb-damaged buildings plus photographs, archives and objects relating to life in Portsmouth during the Blitz as starting points for writing that conveys the drama and emotion of war.
Session two (28th September): An optional follow-up workshop with advice on how to craft and develop your work offered in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Cost: £7 session one only / £3 with Leisure Card. £10 both sessions / £5 with Leisure Card. Both sessions run 10.15am - 12.15pm. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on 023 9283 4744.

 

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