The Portsmouth City Museum

Hampshire, PO1 2LJ

The museum and gallery are housed in a fairytale building, complete with turrets and pointed roofs, that was once a barracks.

The museum explores the city's rich and varied history with galleries exploring local archaeological discoveries, military events and even the football team's FA Cup win. Portsmouth's art and design collections are also showcased here. 

The museum holds the world's largest collection of material relating to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his creation Sherlock Holmes. A devoted gallery explores the author's early life as a Portsmouth doctor as well as his interest in spiritualism and sport. It also reveals the multitude of way that Sherlock Holmes has been presented on stage and film.

Venue information

Opening times

Apr – Sep
Tue – Sun, 10am – 5.30pm

Oct – Mar
Tue – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 28 Dec and 1 Jan

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)