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Free entry all year roundFree parking nearbyGarden areaButterfly HouseA-Z of Natural History

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.

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