The Port Sunlight Experience – Welcome to Port Sunlight Museum!

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Our museum tells the story of William Lever and his vision in creating this village for workers at his Sunlight Soap factory. Explore how the village developed over the years, from the working and living conditions to the charming architecture. The museum is packed with tales and nostalgia, from displays of vintage soap packaging to Ringo Starr’s first performance with the Beatles in the village in 1962. Through film shows, interactives, models and an array of intriguing artefacts you can discover the tale of this inspirational village.

As part of your Port Sunlight Experience ticket, visitors get a chance to step inside a worker’s cottage and experience everyday life in Port Sunlight in Edwardian times. Visitors can explore the recreated home of the Carr Family who were long-time tenants and worked in the Lever Brothers factory. The historic cottage, Number 22, is right next door to the museum and you’ll be given a warm welcome by our volunteers.

To enter the museum and Edwardian Worker’s Cottage, you must purchase a ticket for The Port Sunlight Experience. This also grants you entry to our brand-new interactive family experience SoapWorks.

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Pre-booking tickets is no longer essential. Visitors can either ‘walk-up’ or book in advance via our ticketing hub.


Museum opening times:

Open every Wednesday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm

The Port Sunlight Experience Package:

Adult £8.00
Concession £7.00 Student; and 60+
Child (5-16) £5.50
Family (2+2) £24.00

Paying visitors are invited to make a 10% donation on their admission ticket at the point of sale as part of HMRC’s Gift Aid Scheme.


Gift Aid and Gift Aid Admission FAQ’s

Why is Port Sunlight Village Trust asking for donations on top of the entry fee?

The rules governing Gift Aid on admissions to charitable attractions like us changed from 6 April 2006. The Government’s new rules state that we’re only able to claim Gift Aid on daily admission tickets if visitors donate at least 10% more than the standard admission fee.

What is Gift Aid?

It’s an HMRC scheme which allows charities to reclaim the basic rate tax you’ve paid as a UK taxpayer – an extra 25p for every £1 of the total paid. It makes a massive difference to charities like us.

Why should I make a donation?

Port Sunlight Museum is part of Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT), a registered charity that does not receive any revenue from Government or local authority. PSVT therefore depends heavily upon donations to carry out its work.

Who is eligible for Gift Aid?

Everybody is welcome to make a donation to PSVT and as a charity we rely on support from a wide range of sources. Only UK taxpayers can fill in the Gift Aid declaration which will enable us to make the claim from the Government,

Where does the money go?

PSVT invests over £3 million each year in caring for the village and its community and promoting its history and heritage to the world.

If you have any further questions about Gift Aid when you visit please ask any member of staff who will be happy to help. Alternatively contact our fundraising officer on 0151 644 4800 or or visit the HMRC website.


General Information

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The museum has toilets, including an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities for paying customers only.

Please note that in order to keep our collections safe, dogs are not permitted inside any of our venues (Port Sunlight Museum, the Edwardian Workers Cottage, the Church Hall or SoapWorks) with the exception of assistance dogs.  Dogs are allowed outside in Port Sunlight and we have plenty of green spaces for them to explore.  In order to keep Port Sunlight clean and tidy, we ask that owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Read our Covid-19 FAQS for a full list of our Covid-19 safety measures.