Portland Basin Museum has had it's highest ever number of visitors this summer, 29,455 people visited in July and August.
There were many family friendly exhibitions this year such as “Where the Wild Things Are" which featured an interactive storytelling tent, a bug hunt and a mini zoo which was themed around Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” book.
There was a Museums at Night initiative for the first time and many people took advantage of the evening visit, viewing the exhibits to musical accompaniment from the Abney Orchestra.
There was also a “Tameside’s War” exhibition which marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War which attracted many visitors
The increasing popularity of Portland Basin and other local museums and galleries in Tameside reflects the hard work of Tameside cultural services with people not just coming from Tameside, but from much further afield.