Free entry all year roundFree parking onsiteEnclosed garden and play areaBookable workshopsCPD for teachers

Set in its own grounds and within easy reach of Old Portsmouth and Southsea seafront, Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery offers great opportunities to inspire and engage your pupils across a wide range of curriculum and topic areas. The museum is a treasure trove of surprises and a terrific place to enrich learning in history, geography, art & design and literacy. Find out about the local links to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his world-famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Or, journey through the centuries and discover the fascinating story of Portsmouth and its people – at home, work and play. Whatever the focus for your visit and however long you stay, we look forward to welcoming you and your pupils soon.

There’s so much to see and do
A Study in Sherlock (exhibition)
Bookable Workshops and CPD
Decorative Arts and Craft gallery
Football in the City (Portsmouth FC display)
Living in Portsmouth (room displays)
No Place Like Pompey (local history)
Picture Gallery
Portsmouth At Play (leisure and pastimes)
With great links to KS1 and KS2

Advertising and packaging
Art and design
Famous authors
Famous fiction
Film posters
Houses and homes
Leisure and tourism
Local history
Portsmouth past and present
Seaside and holidays
Story writing
Technology through the ages
The Victorians
Then and now
Toys and games
Where we live

With group visit times around 1-1½ hours, why not combine your outing to Portsmouth Museum with:

  • A stroll through Old Portsmouth in search of where John Pounds set up his ragged school, where Nelson ate his last breakfast in England and where Portsmouth Football Club was founded.
  • A trip to the seafront with its spectacular views of Portsmouth Harbour, the Isle of Wight and Solent Forts.
  • A walk into Southsea with its characteristic Thomas Ellis Owen Buildings.

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Please note, not all activities listed in the ‘Wonderboxes and Workshops’ download are currently taking place, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ‘Toys, Games and Pastimes’ workshop will not be running for the foreseeable future. Please check back here for further updates when we have them, or contact us if you have any questions.

Download our Sir Arthur Conan Doyle study packs for Key Stage 2 here. There’s a timeline and exploration of his time in Portsmouth.