Port Sunlight Museum

Port Sunlight MuseumPort 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.

The new Museum has exhibits for all types of visitor, including a reconstruction parlour room, state-of-the-art audio-visuals and interactives, a model of the village and a typical Port Sunlight house, and 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 Edwardian Tea Rooms is a new addition for 2010, located above the museum, the Tea Rooms provides a pleasant environment to enjoy homemade cakes, scones and soups.