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 on your trip to Isle of Portland, use our Isle of Portland trip planner .
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  • Friendly and helpful staff. Perfect setting for their small but perfectly formed museum. So much to learn about the much loved island.  more »
  • Spent nice couple of hours. Kids really enjoyed the quiz which made sure they really looked at things.  more »
  • 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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  • Absolutely fascinating lots to see and very friendly and knowledgeable staff. We spent a fab 2 hours here it's well worth visiting.
  • Great little museum set on top of the cliff. The shipwreck and fossil sections are best
  • Great local historic museum. Very helpful staff and 5 stars also to Muppet the dog who loves a good chin scratch!
  • Fantastic little museum offering a really informative overview of the island's history at a very reasonable price.
  • Friendly staff. Very informative. Really like coming here with my daughter

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