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“One for the kids”

Portsmouth Natural History Museum
Ranked #41 of 128 things to do in Portsmouth
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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.
Reviewed 10 October 2013

As a natural History Museum it is a little limited in it's content, but it has an interesting selection of exhibits which are quite clearly targeted at children which I guess would it's core visitors. The museum is free with friendly staff with free parking outside. The museum has a number of interesting sections, as adults we enjoyed using the electronic microscope, there is a butterfly house (limited butterflies this time of year), sections dedicated to dinosaurs, wildlife and the development of Portsmouth etc. This museum is certainly worth a visit for children which can be combined with a visit to the Rose Gardens,Canoe Lake, Seafront etc, all free and can lead to a pleasant day.

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Reviewed 7 September 2013 via mobile

I've been in to the museum many times with my older lad and took the little one today for his first visit.

It has been closed for sometime for a refurb and we expected great things. Unfortunately despite a lick of paint the place has less to see? where are all the fish in the numerous aquarium tanks??? They have been replaced with 5 stuffed birds??
What a let down.

Thank MillieMiglia
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

It's a really nice place to visit with young children.

The butterfly garden is only open in the summer and is really nice.

It's completely free entry also.

1  Thank TerenceCarvalho
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

Visited the newly refurbished museum today and it is impressive how much more the ground floor area has been opened up and lightened. The welcome from the staff was warm and informative. Thank You. In conjunction with local schools an exhibit linked with the Butterfly Conservatory and other Natural History items made a fine display. We particularly enjoyed the storybooks that the children had made. We were lucky that on this sunny day the Butterflies were very active and clearly it was popular with visiting families. We were pleased to see that the giant Dinosaur that originated from a Summer Southsea Show in the 1980’s remains, it’s like an old friend. The Farlington Marshes Bird Hide item is well made and details include the background sounds of the Marshes. Not a huge museums, but interesting and ideal for families to make introductions into Local Natural History.

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Reviewed 3 July 2013

Great place to take the children on these rainy days. My grandchildren 4 and 6 years love going there. There is large model dinosaur, and a lovely conservatory - which is filled with butterflies, there are many other stuffed birds and other animals. There are plenty of stairs and narrow corridors so unfortunately not really suitable for disabled.

1  Thank Malcolm D
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