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.

Permanent collection

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.

Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery

Free to all

Museum Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2LJ

02392 827261


Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday (plus Bank Holiday Mondays), 10am to 5.30pm. Last admission 4pm.

To ensure safety face coverings are mandatory and there are sanitising stations throughout the building for customer use. There is a new one way route round the building and the 2nd floor galleries remain closed. The cafe is due to re-open soon, please check the museum website at for daily updates.

Exhibitions nearby

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