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Address: Portsmouth, England
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Description: The Portsmouth Natural History Museum gives visitors a close view of a...
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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Small but worth it for half an hour

Very small museum by the waterfront in Portsmouth, has several stuffed animals as well as a butterfly house in the back, although since we were visiting off season, all it has are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
Tom H
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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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267 reviews 267 reviews
147 attraction reviews
301 helpful votes 301 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I rather stumbled across the Portsmouth Natural History Museum by accident whilst out for a walk in March 2015. It is tiny but there is enough in there to keep you occupied for a good half an hour. In the summer they have a butterfly enclosure you can walkthrough, I will return to give this a go. If you're in... More 

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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very small museum by the waterfront in Portsmouth, has several stuffed animals as well as a butterfly house in the back, although since we were visiting off season, all it has are stick insects, but I am sure the butterflies are lovely in the summer. Nice selection of small exhibits and information making this museum a decent place to go... More 

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
52 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

It is to the credit of Portsmouth City Council that this museum is still open throughout the year and is free of charge. It is an interesting example of an old fashioned museum with plenty of fossils, stuffed birds and stuffed animals. The museum had various education rooms so I presume it is widely used by school parties. It is... More 

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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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124 reviews 124 reviews
41 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Came across it during a walk in the rain, and went in out of the rain and was pleasantly surprised admission is free and there is a lot to see including a stuffed dinosaur. There is a butterfly house which was closed for the season when I visited

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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207 reviews 207 reviews
70 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
54 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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 via mobile

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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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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
71 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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