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Portsmouth Natural History Museum

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Portsmouth, England
+44 23 9281 5276
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Lovely butterflies and interesting skulls etc but couldnt get in due to poor website communication

I do like to pop into Cumberland house as the weather gets warmer in june to see the butterflies... read more

Reviewed June 16, 2015
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
I wanted to like it but...

I really wanted to like this place but struggled. Even post refit it still had broken things... read more

Reviewed June 8, 2015
James R
Truro, United Kingdom
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The Portsmouth Natural History Museum gives visitors a close view of a wide range of local wildlife including marinelife (at the aquarium) and butterflies.
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good40%
  • Average21%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Portsmouth, England
+44 23 9281 5276
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Reviewed June 16, 2015

I do like to pop into Cumberland house as the weather gets warmer in june to see the butterflies. The museum itself is quite old fashioned which is either a good or bad thing depending on your tastes but there are plenty of people who...More

Thank coffee-n-lamb
Reviewed June 8, 2015 via mobile

I really wanted to like this place but struggled. Even post refit it still had broken things, things made from papier-mâché and staff that didn't seem to care. An initial warm welcome was followed by staff gossiping and not really paying much attention. On entering...More

Thank James R
Reviewed May 25, 2015

A small place but lots to read and learn about, staff were friendly enough. Like a small version of the London Natural history museum. Loved the dinosaur section!

Thank catsrfluffy
Reviewed May 21, 2015

Yes it's refurbished , still has the old Dino and local archaeology and the Butterflies will soon be flying. A peaceful place , suitable for families with children. Simple interesting displays.

Thank tezpil
Reviewed April 15, 2015

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...More

Thank Jordanovichy
Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

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....More

Thank Tom H
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...More

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...More

2  Thank roscwmbran
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...More

3  Thank nnmercman
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...More

1  Thank C C
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