Museum opening hours: 10AM to 5PM.

Visitor Information

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.

The D-Day Story

Clarence Esplanade

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

Last admission one hour before closing time.

Please note: during Victorious Festival (24-26th August), the museum will become part of the festival site. Therefore it will be inaccessible to anybody without a valid 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.

Last entry to Portsmouth Museum 30 minutes before closing time. Due to operational reasons, some galleries may close at 4.30pm. 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: Due operational reasons, the Decorative Art Gallery; Football in the City and Game Over will be closed on the following dates: Sunday 20th May, and Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. For more information please call 023 92 834 779.

Due to road resurfacing works, there will be no vehicular access to the Museum or parking on Museum Road for 5 days from Monday 4th June. If you are planning to visit during this time, please call 023 9283 4779 for more information.

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

April - October, 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.

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. We are awaiting a visit from the zoo inspector, and expect the butterflies to be back on the wing in late May.

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:
April 28th & 29th
May 26th & 27th
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.