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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
Also see our Exhibitions page.

February

Tuesday 17th February

Portsmouth Museum

Pancake Day Activities. Visit Portsmouth Museum on Tuesday 17th February for loads of pancake themed activities. Free. 10am - 4.30pm.

Wednesday 18th February

Portsmouth Museum

Once Upon an Object... Half-Term Story Telling for Families. Join story teller Michael O’Leary as he tells fascinating tales featuring objects on show in our major new exhibition, A Hard Choice. Why not visit the exhibition beforehand to choose your own favourites and see if they appear in the stories?
Recommended for families with children aged 7+.  
1pm - 1:40pm. The session lasts approximately 40 minutes.  Free. No need to book.

Thursday 19th February

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Blast from the Past. Find out about dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures with fossils to touch, storytelling and craft!
For families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost - Free         
No need to book, just drop in
11am-4pm

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd February

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open Day. 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

Please note that we can not guarantee that the engine will be in steam on the day of your visit. Please contact us on the day of your visit to check if the engines are in steam.

March

Sunday 1st March

Portsmouth Museum

Exhibition Tours 

Join Collections Manager Rosalinda Hardiman for an introductory tour of the exhibition A Hard Choice.  Learn some of the stories behind the objects on show and Rosalinda’s reasons for selecting them.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes.  
Free.  Pre-booking essential – call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception. 1pm.

Tuesday 3rd March

Portsmouth Museum

Exhibition Tours

Join Collections Manager Rosalinda Hardiman for an introductory tour of the exhibition A Hard Choice.  Learn some of the stories behind the objects on show and Rosalinda’s reasons for selecting them.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes.  
Free.  Pre-booking essential – call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception. 11am.

Sunday 22nd March

Portsmouth Museum

Come up and see our etchings!  
Prints master class with Collections Manager Rosalinda Hardiman

A rare chance to study historic and modern prints from the collections of Portsmouth Museums to learn about the main print making techniques used by artists and how to recognise them.  If you’d like to know the difference between an engraving and an etching or an aquatint and a mezzotint then this is the class for you.

Free.  Age 16+.  Pre-booking essential – call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception.  1.30pm – 4.30pm

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open Day. 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

Please note that we can not guarantee that the engine will be in steam on the day of your visit. Please contact us on the day of your visit to check if the engines are in steam.

Tuesday 31st March

Portsmouth Museum

The Teddy Bear Doctors. Bring your teddy bear along for free advice on identification, age or ‘clinical’ needs from local experts and restorers, Julie and Amanda from Bear it in Mind.  Demonstrations of traditional bear making techniques throughout the day.
Cost - Free.  Small charge for repairs carried out on the day such as eye replacements and claw stitching.
Booking - No need to book, just drop in
10.30am - 2.30pm

April

Wednesday 15th April

Portsmouth Museum

Exhibition Tours

Join Collections Manager Rosalinda Hardiman for an introductory tour of the exhibition A Hard Choice.  Learn some of the stories behind the objects on show and Rosalinda’s reasons for selecting them.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes.  
Free.  Pre-booking essential – call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception. 10.30am.

Thursday 16th April

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Jurassic Art. Get arty with The Creation Station and make dinosaur themed crafts!
For families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost - £3 per child / £1.70 with Portsmouth Leisure Card.  Accompanying adults free.
No need to book in advance, just drop in (spaces limited)
11am-3pm

Sunday 19th April

Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle Wedding Fair. Our south coast wedding fairs bring first class venues and first class exhibitors together under one roof, making it easier for happy couples to create the wedding of their dreams.

Visit the magnificent Southsea Castle and be inspired for your big day. Southsea Castle Keep will be dressed for a wedding by Truly Scrumptious, and the marquee will be open for visitors and exhibitors. 

Exhibitors include; cakes, photographers, rings, dresses

Castle open to public as usual

11am - 4pm. 

Arranged by www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk 

Friday 24th April

Portsmouth Museum

Ching!  Don’t drop that Ming vase!
Object handling master class with Collections Manager Rosalinda Hardiman

Gain hands-on access to a range of objects from the collections of Portsmouth Museums and learn how to handle them safely.  Use your new skills at home to safeguard your own treasures and prevent costly and upsetting mishaps.

Free.  Age 16+.  Pre-booking essential – call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception. 10.30am – 12.30pm

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open Day. 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

Please note that we can not guarantee that the engine will be in steam on the day of your visit. Please contact us on the day of your visit to check if the engines are in steam.

Other resources

www.culture24.org.uk Check the Culture 24 website for the Latest news, exhibition reviews, links, listings and education resources from thousands of UK museums, galleries, archives and libraries, all in one place. Line Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Details are correct at time of upload. Every effort will be made to keep this site up-to-date but Portsmouth City Council reserves the right to make changes to the programme in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Tel: 023 9282 6722 Fax: 023 9287 5276

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