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.
Walking tours of Port Sunlight including museum admission – twice daily throughout August
Take a tour of this historic village with an experienced, friendly and knowledgeable guide, running twice daily throughout August. Explore some of the lesser known parts of the village and discover some of the fascinating stories from the past 130 years.
Walking tours start at Port Sunlight Museum at 11.30am and 2pm each day, including weekends.
Tickets cost £7 for adults and £6 concessions and include admission to the museum and our Edwardian worker’s cottage.
Museum opening times
Daily: 10am – 5pm
Closed: 25th and 26th December and 1st January.
Our Edwardian worker’s cottage display is now open to visitors, included in the museum admission, and in an adjoining building. The worker’s cottage is open daily from 11am-4pm.
Children (aged 5-16): £3.25
Family ticket (2+2) £13.00
Group of 15+: £3.50 per person
Be a Gift Aid visitor – UK taxpayers can choose to Gift Aid their admission at no extra cost which helps your contribution to our charity go further. Gift aided tickets last 12 months to allow return visits.
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.