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Portsmouth Natural History Museum

Portsmouth, England
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Ranked #33 of 42 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Natural History Museums, Aquariums, Museums
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Owner description: The Portsmouth Natural History Museum gives visitors a close view of a wide range of local wildlife including marinelife (at the aquarium) and butterflies.
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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162 reviews 162 reviews
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223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

My 5yr old grandson wanted to visit the boating lake and we parked further up the road from the museum. As we walked past I remembered that many years ago we'd taken his dad on a visit and on the spur of the moment decided to pop in. We couldn't take his scooter in but there are lockers in a... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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50 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Rescued from extinction by volunteers, the Natural History Museum has really been spruced up. Basically it is a home for a great collection of taxidermy and ideal for the 2 to 8 brigade with friendly knowledgeable staff. We were there at the right time for the butterflies and it was lovely just to sit and watch them. Great little place... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The butterfly room was the best part. The rest is small but with good exhibits. So, like the Natural History Museum, but a hundredth of the size and numbers of people. So good for small people to get a taste of natural history, without them getting bored or crushed. What's upstairs - could it be opened up?

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Visited the museum today with my 5 year old nephew and new born baby. Was refused entry because I needed my pram for my baby who was sleeping (plus all the other stuff you have to carry around with a baby). Apparently they have a strict no pram policy, very disappointed. They offer an unsecured buggy park but by no... More

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Havant, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Very impressed when i visited today with my children (aged 6 and 3). The staff were very polite and engaging. As my children are young it didn't take us long to view all of the museum, however without them i could have spent much longer reading all of the interesting information and history of Portsmouth. Unfortunately being so early in... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
42 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I went in here a couple of years ago and it was a bit run down and neglected. So after it was refurbished a few months ago I thought it would be good to go again and see what had changed. Sadly they seem to have spent a lot of money and manged to make it less interesting than ever.... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Popped in to the Natural History Museum whilst having a walk along the seafront. Considering this is meant to tell the natural history of Portsmouth ... I wondered around and didn't feel I learnt anything, nothing really showed the unique history of Portsmouth. The one lady on the desk didn't interact with anyone... just sad.

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is really quaint old building full of interesting artefacts and information concerning the local area. My family keep returning it to it for a look around. Its not a massive museum but we always manage to spend a good hour to 2 hours in there. There is plenty to see for little ones, including the lifesize Iguanadon and also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Really loved the recent Egyptian displays and artefacts. Looking forward to the Tricorn experiences that's coming in March. Worth a visit to any one with Pompey roots.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We have visited this museum on several occasions and although small, we have enjoyed it. I agree that while the refurb has made a more pleasant environment, there is less to see than before. Probably more suited to younger children, my two are a bit old for it now at 14 and 8.

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