Port Sunlight Museum, open daily 10am - 5pm, 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;
- Visit the Special Exhibitions Gallery, which changes yearly. Current exhibition Soap and Water opened 22nd March and runs until March 2016.
- Experience what it was like to live and work in Port Sunlight during the Edwardian and Victorian periods;
- Encounter characters from the village's past;
- Discover Lever's flair for advertising;
- 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.
Offering state-of-the-art audio-visuals, tablets, listening consoles and interactives, the museum tells the story of past village social history through a time-line of facts and fascinating film footage, giving an in-sight into characters who lived and worked in Port Sunlight. Take a look at the large scaled model of the village and see a typical Port Sunlight house reduced down to model proportions, plus see the vast array of historical items on display in cases from the village's past.
2015's Special Exhibition Soap & Water launched on 22nd March and runs until March 2016. The exhibition looks at how water has impacted on the village over the past 125 years, from Bromborough Dock to Lever's travels overseas, pen air swimming baths to underground culverts, the village has many interesting facts relating to water which are documented within the exhibition.
On entering the museum visitors are welcomed by the visitor service team into a bright, modern gift shop, filled with a selection of quality products sourced locally in and around Port Sunlight and regionally across country. Offering good prices and unusual products, you can choose from a wide range of village related pottery, linen, jewellery, scarves, stationery, gift sets, sweets and special interests books not forgetting our popular range of soaps - Sunlight, Lifebuoy, Vinolia and Pears.
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.
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, the Lyceum and on the museum green in the village. Our popular events programme includes Family fun activities during the school holidays, outdoor theatre, guided walks and evening lectures 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.