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Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Portsmouth

Type:Museum

Cumberland House Natural History Museum, Eastern Parade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 9RF

Tel: +44 023 9281 5276

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

About

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.

Displays introduce the wildlife of the area - past and present.

Use the weblink above to access the Museum's website for full information.

The Butterfly House
Following extensive redevelopment, The Butterfly House is now open! We have a huge array of neo-tropical butterflies, including swallowtails, morphos and owl butterflies. There is also the puparium where pupae are kept during their metamorphosis. The butterflies aren't the only thing to see, though, as there is a host of plant life within the greenhouse, including orchids, jasmine, banana, lemon trees and lantana. These aren't there to look pretty, however, but provide much-needed shade for the butterflies and food for the caterpillars. They've even become places for the happy butterflies to lay their eggs.

Please note: butterfly season is May - September.

The museum has a buggy park for use by visitors, but buggies are not allowed around the museum.

An accessible toilet and baby changing facilities are available.

Induction loops for hearing impaired visitors are installed.

Guide dogs are welcome.

Please contact the Museum for further details.

For further information please call 023 9281 5276

Guide Prices

Free entry for all visitors. Donations to Cumberland House Natural History Museum are welcome.

Facilities

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Accessibility

  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Catering

  • Picnic Site - Garden behind the museum

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1 hour
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the M27 / A27 take the A2030 (Eastern Road) following signposts to Southsea seafront. Eastern Parade runs parallel with the seafront and the museum can be found at the junction with Festing Road.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Portsmouth & Southsea.

Opening Times

Summer Opening Hours (1 Apr 2018 - 30 Sept 2018)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30*
Winter Opening Hours (1 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Last entry - 30 minutes before closing time.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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