Town Museum

Portland MuseumThe Museum was founded in 1930 by Dr Marie Stopes, the Museum's first curator and famous birth control pioneer.

The museum is 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.