Natural History Museum and Butterfly House Museums
Cumberland House, Eastern Parade
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 the Victorian Museum exhibition. 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.
Portsmouth Natural History Museum also houses an aquarium and butterfly house. Although the butterflies only fly in the summer, during the winter you can hunt for caterpillars under the leaves and spot the mirror carp among the weeds. Between May and September you can walk through the butterfly house filled with living insects and plants. The temperature is kept at a high level so that we can support exotic butterflies as well as some beautiful foreign plants.
Open daily except 24 - 26 December,
April - October 10am-5. 30pm
November - March 10am-4pm.
AddressCumberland House, Eastern Parade, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 9RF
Opening times10am - 5.30pm
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