We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Portsmouth City Museum

Address: Museum Road, Portsmouth, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)23 9282 7261
Improve this listing
Ranked #20 of 44 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Attraction details
Type: History Museums, Museums

Hotels near Portsmouth City Museum

Write a Review

101 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My husband is from the area and I am American. This trip is my 3rd trip here and he's just taken me. It's very nice. Very worth the trip. The staff is also friendly. If you are an Arthur Conan Doyle fan, this is a must see place. Loved it!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Leicester, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
181 reviews 181 reviews
170 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Located about 1/2 mile from the HMS Victory dockyard. This museum unfortunately failed to satisfy my curiosity. I expected the story of Portsmouth shown with photographs ,painting and information. A lot of paintings were displayed and alot of effort had been put in to make it interesting. But sadly the item i wanted to see was in the Archives. Like... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Emsworth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
31 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Portsmouth has a rich and varied history extending far beyond the Naval Base (which is catered for at many other venues) I feel that the staff have got it just right and have a fine museum which truly reflects the diversity of Portsmouth. It is housed in a fine building built in 1897 as military barracks and is within walking... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bedhampton, England
4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

All those over 50's will remember the laughing sailor now housed here originally situated at front of Clarence Pier Southsea. This museum always makes me smile so many things that you remember. Kids areas and eatery nice for a morning or afternoon out. Guarateed to make you smile :)

Was this review helpful? Yes
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I moved to portsmouth a year ago and have been in the museum twice. I found the exhibition the same drab old stuff I saw the first Tim. The tea rooms are poor and the exhibition needs an update with some new attractions borrowed from other museums if possible.the building is impressive but unfortunately goes down hill once entering the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hayling Island, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This is rather an old-style museum, but in an area rather spoilt for "modern hi-tech" museums (e.g. Nelson Maritime, Mary Rose, Explosion, Submarine, Royal Narines, etc.) this is actually a refreshing change. It currently has a special exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversay of the outbreak of WW1, and this is rich in material, much of it very poignant (e.g. letters/telegrams... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

IT is good to have a local museum containing many artefacts and history of the city. They have certain topics that they will do a display on such as the Dockyard workers and toys in our time.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Zealand
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Great if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan-but other displays seem a bit tired. The art collection was closed, being re-hung, so perhaps this will add some freshness

Was this review helpful? Yes
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Lovely staff who always seem happy to help. A great building and fascinating exhibits. We see something new each time we visit. Must go to the museum Gardens next Spring/Summer. Not to mention the BRILLIANT cafe.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Worthing, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Dark Encounters held a Murder Mystery dinner at the Portsmouth City Museum. It was like playing a life size game of 'Cludo' which involved looking for clues all over the Museum. The museum looked to be very interesting, but quite spooky in the dark. A cold buffet was served, which was disappointing. The actors however very very professional playing their... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Portsmouth City Museum also viewed

Portsmouth, Hampshire
Portsmouth, Hampshire

Been to Portsmouth City Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Portsmouth City Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?