Photograph of the Bodkin Cup, which dates back to the era of the Mary Rose

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Silver City: 500 Years of Portsmouth’s History is a major exhibition at Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery, telling the story of the city through amazing silver treasures.

It showcases many precious objects that have never been on public display before. Most come from the city’s civic collection but others have been loaned from the Royal Navy, the city’s Anglican cathedral and the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity.

Exhibits include a model of HMS Victory presented to the city when the Portsmouth Command of the Royal Navy was awarded the Freedom of the City in 1965. It is made from copper taken from the ship and plated in silver. 

The exhibition also tells personal stories of local people. Some are famous, like round-the-world yachtsman Sir Alec Rose, whilst others are ordinary Portsmouth people for whom a silver object marked an important part of their life.

The exhibition is part of the council’s Platinum Jubilee programme.

Silver City is now open and admission is free.

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  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Beach / Coast within walking distance
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies - Licensed as a venue for civil ceremonies. The museum will not close to the public whilst weddings are taking place. This will accommodate 60 people.
  • Lift
  • Marquee Space Available
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • On street parking only
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1-1.5 hours
  • Groups Accepted - Must book in advance
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - Most suitable for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. 'The Victorians' teaching sessions available.


Map & Directions

Silver City: 500 Years of Portsmouth’s History

Type:Museums & Galleries

Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery, Museum Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2LJ
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Opening Times

Silver City: 500 Years of Portsmouth’s History (28 May 2022 - 28 Feb 2023)
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

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