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Portland Museum, Isle of Portland

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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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  • Very helpful staff ,thanks ,shipwreck to roman carving stones A little out of the way but worth the trip for the views alone Free parking and nice walks  more »
  • My family called in whilst on holiday in the area. We were met by a really friendly guide (who was only on his 3rd occasion of being a volunteer) who had a wealth of knowledge about Portland. My son l...  more »
  • The museum is not large but does hold a wealth of information about the island's history, local people and much more. Each area is full of exhibits from fossils, photographs and maritime items. There ...  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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