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Portsmouth City Museum

Museum Road, Portsmouth, England
+44 (0)23 9282 7261
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Ranked #20 of 42 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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
3 reviews 3 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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51 reviews 51 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 

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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.

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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

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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.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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 

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North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Loved it.....lovely history of Portsmouth.....extremely friendly staff and nice grounds for walking. One of the highlights of Portsmouth.

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Sydney, Australia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Great for connoisseurs of Sherlock Holmes. The rest of the museum really works hard at entertaining the chikdren.

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