Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Cumberland House Natural History Museum Portsmouth City Council's natural history museum and seasonal butterfly house. Open Tues-Sun and bank holiday Mondays, free entry.

Lovely blue form of the Doris longwing flying in the butterfly house at the moment
31/05/2019

Lovely blue form of the Doris longwing flying in the butterfly house at the moment

We enjoyed running the Pond Animals activity in the garden today. Not much in the way of life in local ponds so we diver...
28/05/2019

We enjoyed running the Pond Animals activity in the garden today. Not much in the way of life in local ponds so we diversified and included bug hunts.

Have you peeped into the puparium? Butterflies are emerging everyday
24/05/2019

Have you peeped into the puparium? Butterflies are emerging everyday

Fascinating free workshops for children aged 10* at City Museum next Thursday:What on earth do insects have to do with c...
23/05/2019

Fascinating free workshops for children aged 10* at City Museum next Thursday:
What on earth do insects have to do with crime? They are more than just a fly on the wall witness, and this workshop will demonstrate exactly what investigators use insects for. You will even get to attempt some crime-solving methods using flies and maggots...

Come and try something a bit different with staff and students from Portsmouth University's Criminology and Forensic Studies course.

Where: Portsmouth Museum
When: Thursday 30 May
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am and 2pm - 3pm.
Suitable for: Children age 10+ All children must be accompanied by an adult. Max 2 children per adult and 2 adults per child.
Cost: Free. Booking is advised as places are limited. Please telephone 023 9281 5276.

Join Wildlife Watch this Saturday looking at butterflies and bees at Cumberland House
17/05/2019
Cumberland House Natural History Museum Friends

Join Wildlife Watch this Saturday looking at butterflies and bees at Cumberland House

Event In The Museum - B & B (Bees and Butterflies) - Saturday, 18th May, 10.00am - 12 noon.

Wildlife Watch is for 5-15 year olds. The emphasis is on family learning and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The activities are based mostly outdoors, in natural surroundings. Please make sure you come prepared with suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Suggested donation £5 per child.

Early morning in the butterfly house and the butterflies are resting (quiescent) before the day ahead. T
17/05/2019

Early morning in the butterfly house and the butterflies are resting (quiescent) before the day ahead. T

Lovely scarlet peacock butterfly flying in the butterfly house this week
15/05/2019

Lovely scarlet peacock butterfly flying in the butterfly house this week

You'll need to watch your step in the butterfly house at the moment  - this lovely Mexican bluewing butterfly seems to p...
07/05/2019

You'll need to watch your step in the butterfly house at the moment - this lovely Mexican bluewing butterfly seems to prefer resting on the ground rather than on the plants! They feed on rotting fruit

Our Leaf Wing  butterflies are easy to spot at the feeding station. Not so easy to find among the leaves though
03/05/2019

Our Leaf Wing butterflies are easy to spot at the feeding station. Not so easy to find among the leaves though

A very energetic butterfly, a White Morpho, was flying around the butterfly house this morning.It is related to Blue Mor...
30/04/2019

A very energetic butterfly, a White Morpho, was flying around the butterfly house this morning.It is related to Blue Morphos, but white rather than blue with a mother-of-pearl sheen to its wings.In the wild they are found in Mexico and Central America.

Its World Penguin Day. These Gentoo Penguin eggs, in our Natural History Collections, were collected from the Falkland I...
25/04/2019

Its World Penguin Day. These Gentoo Penguin eggs, in our Natural History Collections, were collected from the Falkland Islands during an expedition of the RRS Discovery II

A new butterfly species in our butterfly house - we've not had a Glasswing before. The transparency of the wings helps t...
25/04/2019

A new butterfly species in our butterfly house - we've not had a Glasswing before. The transparency of the wings helps the butterfly to blend into the background during flight

We are very excited - our first butterfly has emerged and is flying in our butterfly house. It is a female Grecian Shoem...
18/04/2019

We are very excited - our first butterfly has emerged and is flying in our butterfly house. It is a female Grecian Shoemaker or a Blue-frosted banner.

Exciting news, the first batch of butterfly pupae will be arriving this week, so hopefully butterflies on the wing in ou...
15/04/2019

Exciting news, the first batch of butterfly pupae will be arriving this week, so hopefully butterflies on the wing in our beautiful butterfly house early next week.

10/04/2019

Unfortunately the Reptile & Amphibian event on Friday has been cancelled. We'll be getting out some reptiles in our Natural History collections for looking at and handling on the day

We've got two new trails for the school holidays - Beautiful Butterflies and a fiendish Close up trail by Urban Puzzle. ...
10/04/2019

We've got two new trails for the school holidays - Beautiful Butterflies and a fiendish Close up trail by Urban Puzzle. 50p per trail which includes a seasonal treat (while stocks last)

The Natural History team have been promoting Portsmouth's wonderful Natural History collections at the HBIC Biological R...
09/03/2019

The Natural History team have been promoting Portsmouth's wonderful Natural History collections at the HBIC Biological Recorders Forum today. We had a stand and delivered a short talk about the 'Wild about Portsmouth' project.

19/02/2019

We will be offering some short tours of our geology store at our event Fossils and Dinosaurs this Friday. Suitable for 8+years. Limited to 10 per tour. Book on arrival

Just reached the end of 1452 genus folders for the herbarium. It's been very hard work but have had a great team of staf...
12/02/2019

Just reached the end of 1452 genus folders for the herbarium. It's been very hard work but have had a great team of staff and volunteers helping. About to start filling our newly acquired herbarium cab cabinets

Many thanks to our wonderful Natural History volunteers. They've been helping us cut out and make up folders for our plant collection. We've been taking the plants out of newspaper and replacing them with the new folders. All the plants in boxes are now ready to start putting them into herbarium cabinets kindly donated by the Natural History Museum, London.

Many thanks to our wonderful Natural History volunteers. They've been helping us cut out and make up folders for our pla...
12/02/2019

Many thanks to our wonderful Natural History volunteers. They've been helping us cut out and make up folders for our plant collection. We've been taking the plants out of newspaper and replacing them with the new folders. All the plants in boxes are now ready to start putting them into herbarium cabinets kindly donated by the Natural History Museum, London.

We have been working behind the scenes on our plant collection (herbarium) of over 20,000 plants. The Natural History Mu...
08/02/2019

We have been working behind the scenes on our plant collection (herbarium) of over 20,000 plants. The Natural History Museum (London) have donated us herbarium cabinets that we've picked up, cleaned and started installing

We are very pleased to be joined by Rob, our new Natural History Collections Assistant. One of the first jobs is working...
14/01/2019

We are very pleased to be joined by Rob, our new Natural History Collections Assistant. One of the first jobs is working with the Collections Team to clean birds and mammals on display at Cumberland House

Behind the scenes of the Natural History collections we've been checking and repacking the swans
08/01/2019

Behind the scenes of the Natural History collections we've been checking and repacking the swans

A .festive find in the collections. Merry Christmas and thank you to all our visitors and supporters throughout 2018
23/12/2018

A .festive find in the collections. Merry Christmas and thank you to all our visitors and supporters throughout 2018

From 15 December - 6 January pick up a worksheet and see if you can match the winter animals to their footprints. 50p fo...
11/12/2018

From 15 December - 6 January pick up a worksheet and see if you can match the winter animals to their footprints. 50p for a trail (includes a festive treat while stocks last)

Huge mammoth molar found in the geology collections
04/12/2018

Huge mammoth molar found in the geology collections

30/11/2018

Come and join Southsea Watch Group at Cumberland House tomorrow for Zero Waste Christmas / Journey to the Arctic from 10am - 12 noon. Suggested donation £4

We are still delving into the collections behind the scenes as part of the Wild about Portsmouth project. A fossil Pinna...
28/11/2018

We are still delving into the collections behind the scenes as part of the Wild about Portsmouth project. A fossil Pinna or Pen Shell from M27, near Portsdown Hill which is between 49 - 56 million years old

Find out more about the 'Wild about Portsmouth' project in this blog by our Curator of Natural History https://natsca.bl...
23/11/2018
NatSCA

Find out more about the 'Wild about Portsmouth' project in this blog by our Curator of Natural History https://natsca.blog/ and on Twitter @wildaboutportsm

Natural Science Collections Association

A lovely Black-throated Diver found at Milton Locks on 25.2.1963 in the Natural History collections. Follow the Wild abo...
23/11/2018

A lovely Black-throated Diver found at Milton Locks on 25.2.1963 in the Natural History collections. Follow the Wild about Portsmouth project on Twitter @wildaboutportsm for other discoveries in the collections

Crocodile skull lurking in the shadows by “Emily”
13/11/2018

Crocodile skull lurking in the shadows by “Emily”

A lovely find in our herbarium (plant collection). One of 150 plants collected in 1832 by Mrs Tate. Her daughter wrote i...
05/11/2018

A lovely find in our herbarium (plant collection). One of 150 plants collected in 1832 by Mrs Tate. Her daughter wrote in 1892 'As Portsea Island is now quite covered with houses and Southsea Common levelled, very few if any, will now be found in their old habitat'

Exciting news from Portsmouth Museum’s The D-Day Story
02/11/2018

Exciting news from Portsmouth Museum’s The D-Day Story

Future of sole surviving D-Day landing craft secure!

Last remaining D-Day tank landing craft to be restored in time for the end of the D-Day 75th anniversary year.

Plans to land a 200-foot long D-Day landing craft tank (LCT) on Southsea beach during the 75th anniversary year of the commemorations are secure. The National Museum of the Royal Navy bid to conserve and move LCT 7074 has been backed by a £4.7million National Lottery grant, awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

LCT 7074 is the sole surviving Landing Craft (Tank) from D-Day. £916,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) enabled The National Museum of the Royal Navy to rescue her from East Float Dock, Birkenhead where she was sunk and semi-derelict following a chequered post-war career involving conversation to a floating nightclub. Having moved her back to Portsmouth, she will now take pride of place outside The D-Day Story at Southsea and be open to visitors at the new museum.

Read the full story here: https://bit.ly/2qnhMB6

We are off to Dinosaur Isle on the Isle of Wight this weekend for their Blast from the Past event. Come and visit us at ...
29/10/2018

We are off to Dinosaur Isle on the Isle of Wight this weekend for their Blast from the Past event. Come and visit us at our stand

Scorpion glowing under uv light at Cumberland House today
23/10/2018

Scorpion glowing under uv light at Cumberland House today

We were very pleased to meet Clare Valentine, Head of Life Collections at the Natural History Museum who is assessing ou...
18/10/2018

We were very pleased to meet Clare Valentine, Head of Life Collections at the Natural History Museum who is assessing our wonderful Natural History Collections

Lunchtime in the butterfly house
12/10/2018

Lunchtime in the butterfly house

🚨 Exciting job alert! 🚨We're looking for a Natural History Collections Assistant to join the museum and help make ...
27/09/2018
Natural History Collections Assistant

🚨 Exciting job alert! 🚨
We're looking for a Natural History Collections Assistant to join the museum and help make our collections more accessible.
See the link below for all the details and information on how to apply.

Portsmouth City Council is looking for a Natural History Assistant

Exciting times at the museum, as The Butterfly House has been shortlisted in the 'New Build' and 'Landscape' categories ...
25/09/2018

Exciting times at the museum, as The Butterfly House has been shortlisted in the 'New Build' and 'Landscape' categories at the 2018 Portsmouth Society Design Awards!
We'll keep you posted on the results as soon as we know. 🤞

Wish us luck! The Butterfly House has been shortlisted in the 'New Build' and 'Landscape' categories at this year's Portsmouth Society Design Awards.
We'll have a visit from the judging panel next week, who will take a look at our renovation works before reaching their decision.

21/09/2018

Come and visit the Natural History Collections team on their stand at the Dinosaur and Fossils event at Winchester Science Centre tomorrow 10am - 4pm

Address

Cumberland House, Eastern Parade
Southsea
PO4 0

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

023 9282 7261

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