Founded by Dr Marie Stopes the famous birth control pioneer in 1929 and who gifted the cottages to the people of Portland in 1930. It is housed in two, 17th century, picturesque thatched Portland Stone cottages, nestling above Church Ope Cove. Inspired by one of these cottages, Wessex author, Thomas Hardy, made it the home of Avice, the heroine in "The Wellbeloved", one of his last novels.
In the 2010 season, the Museum has had a major makeover, which was continued into 2011. If you have visited us before, do come back - and be prepared to be amazed by the new displays based on all our specialist themes - Stone, Sea & Shipwrecks, Local Archaeology and Famous People. If you have never visited Portland Museum before, be amongst the first to enjoy our new and varied collection of interesting things that represent the Island's history and heritage.
For all information concerning Portlands only museum please visit their website at www.PortlandMuseum.co.uk.