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Owner description: The Portsmouth Natural History Museum gives visitors a close view of a wide range of local wildlife including marinelife (at the aquarium) and butterflies.
Crawfordville, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
235 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Portsmouth visit”
Reviewed 8 June 2013

We really enjoyed the museum. Well worth the visit to explore all the exhibits. Good for young children as they have some hands on items.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
329 reviews
201 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“It's OK because it's free!”
Reviewed 20 April 2013

It's free, so I don't like to rate it too low, but it's also a bit depressing.

There's some interesting info re dinosaurs, but if visiting with children, it's too indepth and does not hold their attention past the one large dinosaur model (does anyone else get an odd urge to shake hands with it whilst climbing the stairs?).

There's a few live animals, interesting enough, and these lead on to a butterfly house which (in season and after a few consecutive sunny days - how often has that happened in Britain lately??) can hold a good aray of moths and butterflies. This is the highlight.

Upstairs holds a very moth eaten (stuffed) seal as part of it's ice age exhibit and some fairly interesting info re evolution etc. A mock up bird watching exhibit is well done, but the room with a couple of stuffed animals gives the feeling of a wasted opportunity.

Downstairs, there is a small room with jigsaws and microscopes which younger children enjoy.

The gift shop is very reasonably priced and for such a limited area offers a good selection of items.

A secure buggy park outside is useful to those with young children.

Whatever - it's free, so there's not too much to complain about realy.

Visited March 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“fantastic freebie - great in Summer to see butterflies”
Reviewed 17 March 2013

Brilliant Blue Peter style basic kids museum, with lovely conservatory - which is filled with butterflies May to August - need to check exact times with museum.
No cafe, just a free bit of entertainment.
Not tried toilets.
Lots of stuffed birds and bit of geology.
Don't expect it to be flash or comprehensive - just a free bit of fun

Visited July 2012
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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Small but interesting”
Reviewed 26 December 2012

The museum is quite small but was still very interesting with great exhibits for children. Entrance is free

Visited December 2012
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good but small”
Reviewed 11 December 2012

Interesting little museum. Not a main destination but if you are out and about in Portsmouth and have finally run out of things to do then don't forget this one. The problem is that with so many other world class attractions at Portsmouth this little museum has a lot of competiton but if you are in to natural history or at a loose end then do go you wont be disappointed.

Visited April 2012
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