Handle real dinosaur bone, look at local fossils and bring along fossils for identification.
An A to Z of Natural History
The natural world is incredible! Portsmouth Museums has over 114,000 natural science specimens collected both in the south east of England and further afield.
The A to Z of Natural History display features a selection of them. From tiny insects, to fossils which are millions of years old, you will be amazed at the variety in the city's collections!
There are several reasons for keeping and caring for natural science specimens. They can be a valuable resource for helping us to understand the world around us, providing useful information about the flora and fauna in an area at a particular time. Scientists can identify and analyse changes and predict trends for the future by comparing specimens from the same place collected at different times. We hope that you enjoy this new display and that it inspires you to take a closer look at the natural world where you live.