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Portsmouth City Museum

Museum Road, Portsmouth, England
+44 (0)23 9282 7261
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Ranked #15 of 45 attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Traveler Description: The City Museum is the museum of and for the people of Portsmouth. There are temporary exhibition galleries, which have a frequently changing parade... more »
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I remember visiting this museum in my first year at Portsmouth University, and never had any reason to go back (not being from Portsmouth but simply a resident.) I do enjoy history and was excited to see that the museum was hosting an exhibit from Ancient Egypt, which was of great interest to me. I didn't realise how large the... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A free museum which is packed full of interesting things to look at. The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle section was interesting as was the Teddy Bear theme when I visited. An absolute must see, for free!

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Constantly changing exhibitions and a static exhibit on Portsmouth Football Club - what more do you want to see. I visited the Egyptian exhibition and found it fascinating. Slightly spoilt by unruly children not being supervised correctly by the teachers so I cut my visit short. Excellent cafe for a cup of tea and cake

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

A beautiful castle and garden with picnic tables. Inside for free you discover Portsmouth+ Sherlock Holmes+ an annual exibihition. My favourite was about Dickens two years ago but the teddy bear and now Egypt are good too. Everywhere there is something for the childen.Mine loves to go there and it's difficult for them not to buy all in the shop.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Very informative and nice to go around. Does not take too long to walk around and very interactive where you can experience many historical areas of portsmouth

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Took the family including our niece who has a school project on Egypt. Nice bite size chunks of information for a 9 year old. Rest of the museum not changed since last visit but still an interesting few hours for those who have and have not visited.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

There are some interesting parts to it (such as exhibits on Sherlock Holmes; the military heritage of Portsmouth) but I'm glad it's a free attraction as I wouldn't want to pay to visit. While the staff are pleasant, it's quite a frustrating experience for children as while there are things to look at, a lot of the exhibits (even free-standing,... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We went to the museum to see the Egyptian Mummy exhibition. Although the content of this exhibit was good and interesting we found it very hard to clearly see the pieces on display or their related descriptions because the light level was so low. We appreciate that, maybe, a mood was being created but it did very much to detract... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This museum holds promise because of the lovely building in which it was situated. However, the displays are quite dated and the lift was broken so we had to go up and down the stairs quite a few times to get to all the individual rooms. The layout is quite poor. The tea room was ok.. but it could be... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

An Egyptian exhibition runs till the end of Feb 14, well worth a look. The layout of the Sherlock Holmes exhibition & contents was very informative. The going down memory lane was on the second floor. Houses & room contents are shown through the decades. Very helpful staff. Tip: Buy your tickets to visit the Naval ships & Dockyard here... More

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