Cumberland House Natural History Museum

“A fantastic day out for lepidopterists and their families.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Portsmouth, Hampshire

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On Portsmouth's seafront, by the model village, you'll find Cumberland House with its fine museum of natural history. Inside you'll discover the A-Z of Natural History, which features over 200 British and foreign insects, mammals, birds, fish, plants and fossils. There are also exhibits on local geology and natural habitats, as well as a busy beehive you can see inside, and a purpose-built butterfly house.

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Cumberland House Natural History Museum
Eastern Parade, PORTSMOUTH, Hampshire, PO4 9RF


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Ramp to main entrance. Lower level and Butterfly House fully accessible.
Opening times
  • Opening Times: 10am to 5pm

About the area

Discover Hampshire

Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.

If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.

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