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Visitor Information

In order for you to enjoy your visit fully, the last entry to all our museums is half an hour before the published closing time.

Please see the websites for each of our individual museums for more information on each site: click on the purple icons on the right.

Click here for a complete listing of admission charges for our museums

Click here for details of how to contact our museums and staff

D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery

Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
PO5 3NT 

The D-Day Museum is now undergoing a complete refurbishment and is not open to the public. This is part of our exciting £4.9 million Transforming the D-Day Museum project, assisted by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Read more about this exciting project here. The Museum will re-open in spring 2018, with completely new displays about D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, told through the stories of those who took part.

Portsmouth Visitor Information
The D-Day Museum and the Visitor Information Centre are currently not open to the public due to refurbishment. Visitor Information can be found at Portsmouth Museum (open Tuesday-Sunday, plus Bank Holidays). 

Portsmouth Museum

Museum Road
Portsmouth
PO1 2LJ

April - September 10.00am - 5.30pm
October - March 10.00am - 5.00pm
Open Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Please note Portsmouth Museum is closed on Mondays.
Closed 24th - 26th December and 1st January
Last entry to Portsmouth Museum 30 minutes before closing time.

Portsmouth Visitor Information
Our friendly team will help you plan your visit, with information and lots of suggestions on accommodation, attractions, entertainment and events. As well as discounted tickets for attractions we also sell tickets for local events and entertainment including no fee bookings for the Kings Theatre in Southsea, the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. We are also agents for Lucketts coach trips and holidays. Coach and theatre bookings must be made in person. For more information, click here to go to the Visit Portsmouth website.

Please note that the Searchroom is now in the Portsmouth History Centre on the second floor of Portsmouth Central Library. Please see the Portsmouth History Centre website for more information.

Charles Dickens Birthplace

393 Old Commercial Road
Portsmouth
PO1 4QL

Open Friday 31st March - Sunday 1st October 2017, Friday - Sunday only, 10am - 5.30pm.
Last entry to Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum 30 minutes before closing time.

Southsea Castle

Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
PO5 3PA

Open Tuesday 21st March - Sunday 29th October 2017, Tuesday - Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.00am - 5.00pm. Closed on Mondays (except for Bank Holidays).
The Courtyard Cafe (located inside the Castle) is open throughout the year: click here for more information. There is no access to the rest of the Castle outside the Castle's normal opening times.

Last entry to Southsea Castle 30 minutes before closing time.

Natural History Museum at Cumberland House

Please note: Phase one of the new Butterfly House project at Cumberland House Natural History Museum will be underway from mid-December. This will see the current butterfly house removed and the terrace behind the house brought back to its former glory.

A new ramp will be installed at the same time improving access for everyone to the building.

As the museum cannot be open for these works we are taking this opportunity to carry out essential work to the historic interior.

The museum will re-open April 2017.

Cumberland House
Eastern Parade
Southsea
PO4 9RF

April - September 10.00am - 5.30pm
October - March 10.00am - 5.00pm
Open Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed on Mondays.
Last entry to Cumberland House Natural History Museum 30 minutes before closing time.

Eastney Beam Engine House

The Beam Engine House is normally open from 1pm to 5pm in the last complete weekend (Saturday & Sunday) in every month, except December. Please see our What's On page for confirmation of these openings, and any special events that may be taking place. To find out more about the Beam Engine House, click here.

Visiting Portsmouth

To find out more about all there is to see and do in the city of Portsmouth, including accommodation, see the Visit Portsmouth website.

Portsmouth Museums Portal
Visit the City Museums site
Visit the Natural History Museum Site
Visit the Southsea Castle site
Visit the Records Office site
Visit the Charles Dickens site
Visit the D-Day Museum site