Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery is an ideal location to host your event, whether it’s your dream wedding or a corporate meeting, launch or interview. We have a number of different rooms to suit various styles, sizes and budgets.

Room information guide price information can be found below. To talk through your individual needs or get more information, send us an email or call 023 9283 4737.

For an intimate wedding in grand, opulent surrounds, there is little better than Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery. The museum’s Esther Room can accommodate 56 guests for wedding ceremonies, while the gardens outside provide a wonderful setting for post-event food and drinks.

The Esther Room itself is filled with items from the 1920s and 30s, as well as an ornate 17th century fireplace. It can be set up in a number of different styles, to ensure a wedding venue that works for your needs and requirements.

Capacity is 60 people maximum (56 guests, plus the couple and registrars).

After your ceremony, why not stay a while to celebrate with your guests, either in the Esther Room or the beautiful museum gardens – complete with play area for restless children! Our competitive packages include canapes and champagne, and traditional high tea.


“The absolute most heartfelt thank you for absolutely everything you and all the staff did! Everyone commented on how stunning the venue was and how much of a hidden gem it truly is!” Brad and Amy

“We had a wonderful day and are so grateful for your kind and caring support in making the planning so easy. We have nothing but good things to say about you and your team. Thank you again!” Jo and John

The Esther Room at Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery

Wedding hire prices below (in pounds, not including VAT)

Esther Room
Monday – Thursday, 2 hours between 10am and 5pm480490500510
Friday – Sunday, 2 hours between 10am and 5pm670685700715
Additional staff charge for bookings made outside regular opening times128130135140
Museum Garden (marquee only)
Monday – Thursday520530540550
All other days890910930950
Museum Garden (whole garden plus toilets and reception)
Monday – Thursday 6pm – 10.30pm1,0501,0701,0901,115
Friday – Sunday 6pm – 10.30pm1,7501,7851,8201,860

On New Year’s Eve there’s a 50% increase in all charges
For hourly rates, divide the above rate by number of hours and add 20%