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Portsmouth City Museum

Address: Museum Road, Portsmouth, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)23 9282 7261
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Ranked #24 of 111 things to do in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
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Type: History museums, Museums

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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180 reviews 180 reviews
117 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Lots to see and do in the museum and it is free entry! Some of the local history and football is a bit dull but the natural history and Sherlock Holmes exhibit is very interesting! There is also a coffee shop and a gift shop and plenty to do for the kids!

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

You can so easily pass this by. On Museum Road and free parking around the building, it's really worth a visit. A beautiful building and free to get in. Really welcoming staff. We lived in Portsmouth for 10 years and never visited, so on our mini break decided to pop in. Lovely little coffee shop too. It's a shame there... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

the exhibition on Conan Doyle is well worth a visit, if your a fan. I particularly like the set of rooms that show room settings by the decade. good for old people for nostalger and good for taking kids round to see how we lived, before technology took up all our spare time. The Cafe is small but very reasonable... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Very interesting exhibits staff very helpful especially for the disabled has a cafe which serves a nice selection of food and drinks

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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198 reviews 198 reviews
186 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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 

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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 

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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 :)

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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 

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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 

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