Port Sunlight Museum lies at the heart of this garden village and is an ideal place to start your visit. Visitors to the Museum will:
- Meet the village's creator 'Soap King' William Hesketh Lever and discover his vision for the village and its residents;
- Find out about the architects who designed the houses, principal buildings and landscapes, and what influenced them;
- Experience what it was like to live and work here during the Edwardian and Victorian periods;
- Encounter character's from the village's past;
- Discover Lever's flair for advertising; and,
- Understand the terrible loss and sacrifice experienced by the village during the First World War.
Located in the original Girl's Club building on King George's Drive, Port Sunlight Museum opened its doors to the public in August 2006 replacing the long-serving Heritage Centre on Greendale Road.
The new Museum has exhibits for all types of visitor, including a special exhibition on Lady Lever, new for 2013. You can use state-of-the-art audio-visuals and interactives, a model of the village and a typical Port Sunlight house plus you will find historical items from the village's past. It also has a well-stocked gift shop offering a wide selection of items for residents and general visitors at good prices, from pottery, linen and stationery depicting views of the village, to our very popular range of soaps - Sunlight, Lifebuoy and Pears to name but a few.
The Museum welcomes a large number of group visits each year, from U3A and NADFAS, to Probus and the National Trust. We have a variety of package deals specifically designed for group visitors, which include entry to Port Sunlight Museum and guided tours of the village.
'tea at the museum' is open daily and set in a contemporary style with seating for up to 40, ideal for coach groups visiting the museum. From tasty sandwiches to delicious cakes and pastries, this is an ideal place to enjoy your refreshments.
To find out more, contact the Visitor Services Team
T: 0151 644 6466
An exciting events programme is on offer throughout the year aimed at both adult learners and family groups. Events are staged both in the Museum and on the green spaces in the village. Our popular events programme includes Family fun activities during the school holidays and a monthly evening lecture series which covers a wide range of topics related to Port Sunlight.
School children from all over the North West come to Port Sunlight Museum to particiapte in a wide-range of hands-on education workshops in our purpose-built Learning Centre. We also offer courses and resources for pre-school groups, schools, colleges, universities and special needs students, as well as work placement
Since 2006, Port Sunlight Museum has been actively acquiring items relating to its mission statement 'to collect, preserve and tell the stories behind the people, buildings and landscapes of Port Sunlight village from its founding in 1888 to present day'. We have a growing collection of children's toys, village plans, hoursehold items, soap, photographs and much much more. If you would like to donate an item to the collection or make an appointment to carry out some research, please contact the Museum. From time to time, we hold open days when members of the public can access our collection storage facility.