Portland Museum, Isle of Portland

Step back in time at Portland Museum, housed in two 17th-century thatched cottages. The museum houses dinosaur bones, stone sarcophagi, World War II bombs, and a variety of personal items that once belonged to foreign invaders, pirates, convicts, sailors, itinerant workers, and artists. Check out the Victorian Corner showcasing a wedding dress of a local girl and household objects. There is also a collection related to writer Thomas Hardy, who used of the cottages as an inspiration for the setting of one of his novels. To visit Portland Museum and get the most from your holiday in Isle of Portland, create itinerary details personal to you using our Isle of Portland trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Friendly and helpful staff. Perfect setting for their small but perfectly formed museum. So much to learn about the much loved island.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Spent nice couple of hours. Kids really enjoyed the quiz which made sure they really looked at things.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    I took my seven year old boy to this museum. He wants to be a paleontologist when he's grown-up, so this museum has just the right amount of history for him. We spent and hour and a half having fun wi...  more »
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  • Friendly staff. Very informative. Really like coming here with my daughter
  • Dog friendly, lovely garden, helpful staff and clean loos !
  • Really friendly little museum, the staff are really knowledgeable and happy to chat.
  • Not bad at all. Pleasantly surprised. Exhibitions on all aspects of life and history on Portland. Sure, don't expect the British Museum but for a small town Museum its very good.
  • Interesting local museum

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