Museum opening hours: 10AM to 5PM.

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
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

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.

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. 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

The Museum is now closed until April 2018.

Please check back to this website for any special openings.

The Museum will be open for one day on Wednesday February 7th 2018 to celebrate Dickens' birthday.

Open April - October 2018, Friday - Sunday only, 10am - 5.30pm.
Last entry to Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum 30 minutes before closing time.

Southsea Castle

Clarence Esplanade

Reopening 27 March 2018, 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

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 10.00am - 5.30pm
October - March 10.00am - 5.00pm
Open Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed on Mondays.

Please note: The Butterfly House will close at dusk during the winter period. The butterflies will be back on the wing in 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:
January 27th & 28th
February 24th & 25th
March 24th & 25th
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.