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Portsmouth Natural History Museum

Address: Portsmouth, England
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Ranked #33 of 45 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The Portsmouth Natural History Museum gives visitors a close view of a wide range of local wildlife...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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41 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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182 reviews 182 reviews
59 attraction reviews
239 helpful votes 239 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
53 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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43 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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42 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Portsmouth
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134 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
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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