Free entry to The Portsmouth Music Experience
The Portsmouth Music Experience gallery not only features spectacular touring exhibitions, but visitors are also able to enjoy rooms that reflect on Portsmouth music and the history of the Guildhall, and how this all fits into a wider historical context. Features of an evolving display will include recollections of outrageous stories from moments such as when The Beatles played in the Guildhall to references of Pink Floyd premiering Dark Side of the Moon in the very same building.
There are so many stories about the Guildhall it would have been possible to have built a display simply around this unique history. However, separate spaces of The Portsmouth Music Experience are dedicated to wider musical influences on the city of Portsmouth, including those who have played in Portsmouth’s other fantastic music venues, prestigious and underground.
The exhibition is made up of video elements, audio content of Portsmouth bands performing and all the fantastic photographs that you would expect. These rooms are in their first incarnation and as such there will inevitably be gaps in the some of the finer details, and this is where the public come in; visitors to the gallery are invited to contribute their memories and reminisce about anything and everything involving Portsmouth and music.
These are exciting, dynamic spaces that should be owned, developed and led by those who visit them. The Portsmouth Music Experience has the confidence to defer to experts, and those experts are anyone who has ever attended a music event in Portsmouth since the Second World War, or possibly before. The space is fun, outrageous and unexpected inside the formal setting of the Guildhall.
Whether you have a passion for music history or any of the other amazing exhibitions coming to Portsmouth, or whether your enthusiasm is for local music and Pompey related anecdotes and memorabilia; all of these things will be available for you to explore in your Guildhall.
The Portsmouth Music Experience's sixteen track digital media and 8 track analogue reel to reel recording studio and home of online broadcast station AaA Music Radio has been created by PME Trust members within a redundant office, once the photo-copying room on the first floor of the Guildhall.
- Accessible Lift
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Ramp/Level Access
- Wheelchair user accessible
- On-Site cafe/restaurant
- No Smoking Attraction
- Family Fun
- Marketed Towards Children
- Marketed Towards Families
- Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
- Marketed towards student/youth
Map & Directions
The M275 will directly bring you into the city centre and the main road links to the M3, A3 and M27 connect Portsmouth to east and west from Southampton, Guildford and Chichester.
Public Transport Directions
Rail: Portsmouth & Southsea train station is approximately 2 minutes walk from the Guildhall. Buses: 1c; 15; 17; 18; 19; 23 and 40 services stop within walking distance. Sea: Portsmouth is served by regular crossings to and from the Isle of Wight, France, Spain and the Channel Islands.
HOVER TRAVEL: Your fastest foot passenger Isle of Wight Ferry service. Ferries from Southsea Portsmouth to Ryde Isle Of Wight. . 20% discount to Guildhall ticket holders Applicable to standard adult & child day returns and period returns for all customers attending the show from the Island. This discount can be booked on the Hover Travel website by entering the promo code HOVERGUILDHALL20 on the payment confirmation page. The discount is valid for up to 4 people per booking. A valid Guildhall ticket will need to be shown at the boarding gate when boarding the craft.
Air: Southampton Airport is just over 20 minutes drive away from Portsmouth via the M27. For more info on disabled facilities, special/medial assistance, travelling with children and rules surrounding pet travel please visit: www.southampton-airport-guide.co.uk
|Regular Opening Hours (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Please call our reception before visiting as opening times are subject to change - 023 93 870200Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change