The Museum was founded in 1930 by Dr Marie Stopes, the Museum's first curator and famous birth control pioneer. Housed in two thatched picturesque cottages nestling above Church Ope Cove. One cottage inspired the author Thomas Hardy to centre his famous novel "The Well Beloved" around it, making it the home of "Avice", the novel's heroine.
The museum has recently been transferred from Weymouth and Portland Borough Council to the Portland Museum Trust.
How to find us
- Portland Museum - 217 Wakeham, Portland DT5 1HS
- Telephone (01305) 821804.
If coming by road join the A354 and follow it to Portland. Stay on this road until you see the brown signs for Portland Museum.
If coming by bus take any of the buses which go to Portland. Get off the bus at Easton Square Gardens and follow the Straits until the road becomes Wakeham. You can find us at the end of the road, on the left, just before Pennsylvania Castle.
There is no railway on Portland. If arriving by train, get off at Weymouth and follow the bus directions to the museum.
- Good Friday - End October - Open 10.30 am to 5.00 pm 5 days a week (Friday-Tuesday) 7 days in the school summer holidays.
- 18th December - 22nd 2006 10.30 am to 3.30 pm
- Group/School visits can be made by arrangement, at anytime providing we have at least one month's notice.