Cumberland House Natural History Museum

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Portsmouth is a very special place for wildlife in Britain. It has many different habitats in a very small area, and at Portsmouth Natural History Museum you can explore them all.

Displays introduce the wildlife of the area - past and present.

Use the weblink above to access the Museum's website for full information.

The Butterfly House
Following extensive redevelopment, The Butterfly House is now open! We have a huge array of neo-tropical butterflies, including swallowtails, morphos and owl butterflies. There is also the puparium where pupae are kept during their metamorphosis. The butterflies aren't the only thing to see, though, as there is a host of plant life within the greenhouse, including orchids, jasmine, banana, lemon trees and lantana. These aren't there to look pretty, however, but provide much-needed shade for the butterflies and food for the caterpillars. They've even become places for the happy butterflies to lay their eggs.

Please note: butterfly season is May - September.

The museum has a buggy park for use by visitors, but buggies are not allowed around the museum.

An accessible toilet and baby changing facilities are available.

Induction loops for hearing impaired visitors are installed.

Guide dogs are welcome.

Please contact the Museum for further details.

For further information please call 023 9281 5276.

Activities to try at home

Don't worry if you can't visit the museum in person; there are a host of activities for little ones to try at home.

Download the beehive activity sheet and help the bee find its way back tp the hive.

Head out into the garden on a scavenger hunt to see what you can find.

Download and print out butterfly bookmarks, which can be personalised with your name.

See if you can find them all with the A to Z of Natural History wordsearch.

Print out and play the Beetle Game.

Make a brightly coloured butterfly to balance on your finger.

See if you can get a full house with Butterfly Bingo.

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Guide Prices

Free entry for all visitors. Donations to Cumberland House Natural History Museum are welcome.



  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted


  • Picnic Site - Garden behind the museum

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1 hour
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction


Map & Directions

Cumberland House Natural History Museum


Cumberland House Natural History Museum, Eastern Parade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 9RF
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Tel+44 023 9281 5276

Opening Times

Open year-round (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Please note, Cumberland House is closed to visitors until 21 May. This is for essential works around the building to be completed safely.
Usual last admission is 4pm to the Butterfly House and 4.30pm to the museum.
Cumberland House opens for some bank holiday Mondays. See the website for full details.

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