Portsmouth Natural History Museum

A classical stone building with arched doorway
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Environmental or ecological centre

Opening hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.

April - October 10am-5.30pm
November - March 10am-5pm
Museum shop closes 15 mins before closing time.

Closed: 24-26 December

Admission charges

Free admission

Additional info

Wheelchair ramps installed at front entrance. Buggy park available.

Please be aware there are stairs to the upper floors and a number of steps within the building.

Induction loops for hearing impaired visitors are installed.
Guide dogs are welcome.

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.

Collection details

Natural Sciences, Science and Technology

Portsmouth Natural History Museum
Eastern Parade






02392 827261


02392 875276

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