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Welcome to Cumberland House - The Natural History Museum
Entrance to Cumberland House Natural History Museum is FREE!
Portsmouth is a very special place for wildlife in Britain. It has many different habitats in a very small area, and at Portsmouth Natural History Museum you can explore them all.
The museum tells the story of the wild things of the riverbank, marshes, woods and urban areas of Portsmouth. Have a look for the heron stalking its prey and the Brent geese coming into land after their 3000 km flight from the arctic. You can also learn about Portsmouth's geology and take a look at some specimens from ancient times. The displays are designed to allow visitors a view of the natural world as they could never see it in real life - up close and in depth. Click here to find out more about our new exhibition.
Portsmouth Natural History Museum also houses a butterfly house, and the butterflies fly from May to September.
To celebrate National Science and Engineering Week 2014, organisations across Portsmouth are showcasing the wildlife of Portsmouth with free events and activities for all ages! Click here for the full programme of events.
Information for Schools
There is plenty to do on your visit to Cumberland House and lots of links to National Curriculum topics.
Discover the habitats of Portsmouth. See butterflies from May to September and look out for other live specimens. See how artists are
inspired by nature. Touch some fossils. Examine the teeth of predators and prey. It can link to topics like plants and animals, classification, adaptation, life cycles, earth, sun and moon. Key Stage 1 children especially enjoy seeing Emily the dinosaur!
Click here to download and print the Natural History Museum trail.
Booking a Group Visit
For all enquiries and group visits please telephone 023 9283 4744 / 4737 or contact us by email stating clearly your name, school contact details, number/age of children, which museum/exhibition you are interested in and your preferred dates/times.