Cumberland House Natural History Museum is close to Canoe Lake and Eastney Beach, with its unusual flora and fauna. It’s an ideal place for pupils to learn about plants, living things and local habitats, covering the fascinating natural history of Portsmouth and its surrounding areas. Discover our friendly dinosaurs or observe the honeybees being busy in their beehive – and don’t forget to spend time in our wonderful Butterfly House. With flexible and quiet spaces to sit, read, research and draw, the museum is the perfect place to support individual or group topic work. Whatever the focus for your visit and however long you stay, we look forward to welcoming you and your pupils soon.
There’s so much to discover A-Z of Natural History Birds, beasts and bugs Bones, skulls and teeth Farlington Marshes and Langstone Harbour Fossils and dinosaurs Microscopes and mystery objects Nature on your doorstep Nature photography gallery Observational Beehive Portsdown Hill and Hilsea Lines Portsmouth in 1773, 1833, 1870 and today Quiet spaces for research The Butterfly House (butterflies in residence May to September) The Earth’s history and how life began
With so many links to KS1 and KS2 Animals, insects and birds Coasts and living by the sea Dinosaurs and fossils Lifecycles Living things and local habitats Non-fiction writing Observational drawing Our environment and recycling Plants Prehistory Research Rocks The Food Chain
With group visit times around 1-1½ hours, why not combine your outing to Cumberland House with:
A picnic in the garden and a visit to Canoe Lake Park.
A stroll along Eastney Beach, a valuable habitat containing nationally rare plant species.
A visit to Southsea Rose Garden (free) or the model village (fee applies).
Or make a day of it and visit one of our other great museums nearby.