Portsmouth Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a city with rich history and preserved traditions, so its cultural life presents a point of interest for tourists from all over the world. Different museums and galleries will show you the city from different points of view, and the following tour will help you to feel as if you are a part of its cultural life.
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Portsmouth Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Portsmouth Cultural Venues
Guide Location: England » Portsmouth (See other walking tours in Portsmouth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: IreneB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • D-Day Museum
  • Hiscock Gallery
  • King's Theatre
  • Southsea Gallery
  • Natural History Museum
D-Day Museum

1) D-Day Museum (must see)

The D-Day Museum is located in Southsea, near Portsmouth in Hampshire, England. Opened in 1984 by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, it tells the story of Operation Overlord during the Normandy D-Day landings. The museum houses the Overlord embroidery and the display involves a film show including original footage and archive film. The D-Day Museum is home to the Overlord Embroidery and was specially built to hold it. The Overlord Embroidery took five years to complete and measures 272 feet long. It is the largest work of its kind in the world. Visitors are handed a Sound alive device upon entering the museum, which allows them to hear an audio commentary. In addition to the film and embroidery there are also vehicles and displays of other material associated with D-Day and the war. The museum has its own shop and restaurant.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hiscock Gallery

2) Hiscock Gallery

Hiscock Gallery houses a big collection of local art by more than 40 artists as well as a big framing department. Another place of interest is a fully stocked store selling arts and crafts supplies. The gallery is owned by Rick and Helen Steenhuis, a family business offering its visitors a very pleasant, welcoming atmosphere.
King's Theatre

3) King's Theatre

The Kings Theatre opened on 30 September 1907 with a production of Charles 1 followed by 2 further of Sir Henry Irving's Works. The theatre stayed in the control of its original owners, The Portsmouth Theatre Company, until 1964 when it was purchased by Commander Reggie & Mrs Joan Cooper. In 1990 it was sold again to Hampshire County Council.

In 2001, after a successful campaign by AKTER (Action for Kings TheatrE Restoration) to keep the theatre open, the theatre was purchased by Portsmouth City Council and leased to the Kings Theatre Trust Ltd who undertook the restoration the building.

The present day theatre has a seating capacity of 1600 and a computerised booking system. Much of the backstage area is still fully manual, allowing it to retain the tag of a traditional hemp house, though powered flying bars have now been installed to allow large scale productions.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Southsea Gallery

4) Southsea Gallery

Southsea Gallery contains vintage movie prints and posters, huge collections of frames, photos, unusual pieces and a full service of photo restoration. The photos represent mostly local scenes and landmarks, which is why this place is frequently visited by tourists. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday from 9:30 am till 5:30 pm.
Natural History Museum

5) Natural History Museum (must see)

Portsmouth is a small place that has a great variety of habitats and the Natural History Museum is the right place to explore them all. It also houses a geological section, a butterfly house and an aquarium. There are many constantly changing temporary exhibitions - "Art and Nature", for example, combines pieces of art with live creatures to show how artists are inspired by the nature.

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