The museum is now open 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm), Tuesday-Sunday. Please note, capacity will be greatly reduced and we anticipate the museum will be busy, so be prepared to queue ahead of your visit. More information can be found in our Covid-19 FAQs.
Cumberland House Natural History Museum is free to visit.
How to get here
By car: Take the Eastern Road into Portsmouth, following signs for Central Southsea. Turn onto the A288 (Milton Road, Eastney Road Cromwell Road) and follow signs for Seafront. Turn right onto Eastern Parade and the museum will be on your left in 0.4 miles.
By train: The nearest train station to Portsmouth Natural History Museum is Fratton. It’s then a 1.2 mile walk (25 minutes) via Francis Avenue and Festing Road.
By bus: The Cumberland House bus stop on Festing Road is served by First Bus on routes 1 and 17.
The Butterfly House will close at dusk during the winter period.
Last entry to Cumberland House Natural History Museum is 30 minutes before closing time.
Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
As our collection is far larger than we have space for in the museum, we keep many items in our off-site store. This is so they can be properly indexed and maintained, to be put on display when needed. We run occasional tours of the museum store between April and September. Check the events page for details on any upcoming store tours.