Observational BeehiveBeehive

There's a buzz around Cumberland House Natural History Museum as visitors flock to see the new observational beehive.  Up to 9,000 European Honey Bees live in a colony in the hive, producing honey combs and raising their young.

They enter and leave via a short tunnel that connects the hive to the museum gardens and its bee-friendly plants.  Visit the hive to watch the bees at work. If you're lucky you might spot the queen bee who is larger than the others and has a mark on her back.  

The bees are at their buzziest in the summer when the weather is warm.  


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.


Butterfly House

We're extremely happy to announce that plans for our much-loved Butterfly House have been revealed featuring a brand-new, state-of-the-art structure that will improve the butterflies' habitat and make it an even more enjoyable place to visit for all visitors. The project will run over the next 12 months, during which time we will not have live butterflies within the museum but there are plenty more exhibits to discover and events and activities to enjoy.


Museum Fact Sheets

Click here to read the bat fact sheet
Click here to read the blue-tit fact sheet
Click here to read the sea mouse fact sheet
Click here to read the bee-eater fact sheet

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