Portland Museum was founded by Dr Marie Stopes, the famous birth control pioneer, and opened in 1930. It is housed in two picturesque thatched Portland Stone cottages, nestling above Church Ope Cove. Inspired by one of these cottages, Wessex author, Thomas Hardy, made it the home of Avice, the heroine in "The Wellbeloved", one of his last novels.
The Museum’s collection reflects the most significant aspects of Portland’s history: the sea, stone, archaeology and Island life, through its association with famous people over the centuries, and the social history of the Islanders. Over the past four years since Portland Museum Trust took over its management, the Museum’s displays and exhibitions have been refreshed and enhanced, but locals tell us that it still feels like the Museum they always loved to visit, whilst new visitors are captivated by its intimate feel and the interesting story it has to tell of Portland’s history.
Children ages 6 to 15 years: £1.00
Children 5 and under are FREE
Opening May 17th 2021
All visits to the Museum must be booked ahead of arrival via Eventbrite – please see the link on our home page http://www.portlandmuseum.co.uk/
Visits to the indoor exhibit spaces are being limited to one hour but then we invite you to come and spend some time in our beautiful garden.
Seven days a week from May 17th 10:30 – 16:00 (last entrance 15:30)
The Museum offers a professional educational service. Themes include Houses & Homes; Local Portland History; The Victorians and the Jurassic Coast.
|Refreshments||Ice creams and hot drinks available. Visitors are welcome to bring picnics and enjoy them in the relaxing surroundings of our garden.|
|Toilets for Wheelchair Users|
|Wheelchair Accessability||To all museum except first floor galleries.|
|Facilities for the Blind / Visually Impaired|