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.

Portsmouth Museum

Museum Road

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

Please note, the cafe will be closed temporarily from 6th January due to staffing shortages. Check back here for details of when it's set to re-open, which will be published as soon as it's confirmed. On occasional days the cafe may open 10am - 4pm as usual - please call 023 9283 4779 for more information.

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

Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum is currently closed for winter. It will re-open in spring 2019.

Opening 5 April - 29 September 2019, Friday - Sunday only, 10am - 5.30pm.

The museum will also open for a special service on 7 February to commemorate Dickens' birthday.

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.

Natural History Museum at Cumberland House

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 and Gas Engine Houses

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

There will be open days at the Beam Engine House from 11am to 5pm on the following Sundays:

January 13
February 10
March 3
April 28
May 26
June 30
July 28
September 7-8 (weekend opening for Heritage Open Days)
October 13
November 24

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.