Museum opening hours: 10AM to 5PM.

Visitor Information

Please note: Due to operational reasons, some exhibits, galleries and areas of our museums may have to close early on certain times and dates. This may also be at short notice. We will endeavour to keep this page up to date with any closures, but if there is something specific you wish to see or do at our museums, please call ahead on 023 9283 4779 before making the journey. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but will only close when it is absolutely necessary and we have no alternative. Many thanks for your understanding.


Please see the websites for each of our individual museums for more information on each site.

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


Visitor Information Centres

There are Visitor Information Centres at The D-Day Story, Portsmouth Museum and The Hard Interchange. 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. 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, the Visitor Information Centre at The Hard Interchange may be running reduced hours on Friday due to operational reasons. Apologies for the inconvenience.

The D-Day Story

Clarence Esplanade

April - September, 10am - 5:30pm
October - March, 10am - 5pm

Last admission one hour before closing time.

The D-Day Story is excited to be part of Victorious Festival 2018. Please note, the museum will be within the festival site and due to security reasons not available to visit on Friday 24 August. On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 the D-Day Story will be open from 10am - 6pm to all festival goers - you will only be able to visit the museum on these days if you have a festival ticket.

Portsmouth Museum

Museum Road

April - September, 10am - 5.30pm
October - March, 10am - 5pm
Open Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Please note Portsmouth Museum is closed on Mondays.

Cafe open 10am - 4.30pm.

Last entry to Portsmouth Museum 30 minutes before closing time. Due to operational reasons, some galleries may be closed. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. To find out what will be open ahead of your visit, please call 023 9283 4779.

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

1 April - 30 September, Friday - Sunday only, 10am - 5.30pm.

Last entry to Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum 30 minutes before closing time.

Southsea Castle

Clarence Esplanade

April - September, Tuesday - Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am - 5pm.
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.

Southsea Castle is excited to once again be part of the Victorious Festival. On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th the castle will be open as part of the festival site - you will only be able to visit if you have a festival ticket. Please note, due to security for the festival, the castle will not be available to visit on Friday 24 August.

Natural History Museum at Cumberland House

Phase one of the new Butterfly House project at Cumberland House Natural History Museum is complete and the Museum has re-opened. A new ramp has been installed to improve access for everyone to the building. 

Cumberland House
Eastern Parade

April - September 10am - 5.30pm
October - March 10am - 5pm
Open Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed on Mondays.

Please note: The Butterfly House will close at dusk during the winter period.

Last entry to Cumberland House Natural History Museum 30 minutes before closing time.

Eastney Beam Engine House

The Beam Engine House has a number of open days throughout the year.  To find out more about the Beam Engine House, click here.

During 2018 the Beam Engine House will be open on:
June 23rd & 24th
July 28th & 29th
September 8th & 9th (Heritage Open Days)
October 27th & 28th
November 24th & 25th

Please contact us before visiting to confirm opening times - 023 9283 4779. Please note, the engines will not be in steam.

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.