Things to see and do
Port Sunlight Museum tells the tale of ‘Soap King’ William Hesketh Lever, his great vision for the village, and the lives of the people who called Port Sunlight their home.
You may know that Lever was hailed as the ‘Soap King’ – and the museum has lots on his famous Sunlight Soap – but what you may not know is that Lever had a real flair for advertising, and bought fine art specifically to promote his Sunlight Soap. The influence of this strategy is explored in the display.
Visitors can experience what it was like to live and work in the village during the Edwardian and Victorian periods, and meet characters from the village’s past. The terrible loss and sacrifice experienced by those same villagers during the First World War is also explored.
The buildings themselves are also featured. Find out about the many architects who designed the houses, major buildings and landscapes of the village, and see a village model and a typical Port Sunlight house.
Our current exhibition is What’s Behind the U? – Since the beginnings of Port Sunlight in 1888 to today’s global company, Unilever make some of the world’s most popular brands. This special exhibition, in partnership with Unilever’s Archives and Records Management team, uncovers the amazing innovations and fascinating stories behind Unilever’s many products and lets you discover what is made behind the Port Sunlight factory wall.
Visit an Edwardian Worker’s Cottage
New for 2017 – A chance to step inside a worker’s cottage and experience everyday life in Port Sunlight in Edwardian times. Explore the family bedrooms, scullery and living room, which doubled as the kitchen, all recreated with the furniture and fittings of a bygone age.
Entrance to the workers cottage is included in your museum admission fee. The cottage is located next to the museum. Please note that the cottage opening hours are slightly shorter than those of the main museum, 11am-4pm.
After you’ve visited the museum it’s time to explore the village itself. One of the best ways is through a self-guided walking tour. Pick up a map from the museum and look out for other places to visit along the way. There’s more here.
We also have two village trails for families. ‘Explorers’ and ‘Past and Present’ can be picked up from the museum gift shop for just 60p each.
Gifts and tasty treats
No day trip is complete without a visit to a gift shop and a tasty treat. Port Sunlight Museum provides both.
We’ve a delicious Tea Room serving lunches, snacks, afternoon teas and special children’s lunch boxes.
Our gift shop has lots of beautiful, unique gifts and pocket money-priced souvenirs.