This museum not only gives an insight into a wide spectrum of natural history, it also houses an aquarium and butterfly house. The philosophy of the museum is to get visitors up close and hands on so there is a great deal of activity; a particularly good attraction for children. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Despite all the recent development work recently carried out entrance to the museum is still free. Please note the butterflies are active between May and September. If you've recently been to Cumberland House, either the museum or butterfly house we'd welcome your feedback, if you'd like more ideas of what to see and do in Hampshire visit the local tourist guide.
2013 saw the introduction of the Flights of Fancy exhibition. As well as a major refurbishment the displays showcase artwork and stories from local children alongside a range of bird specimens.
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All about Hampshire
Hampshire has played a central part in the history of England, the county town of Winchester was at one time England's capital city. A significant part of the population live in the urbanized south of the county particularly around Southampton and Portsmouth. The channel lies to the south and has been central to the economic well being of the area. Today nearly half the county is made up up the New Forest and the South Downs. Hampshire enjoys close connections with the armed forces and strong ties to the maritime industry.
A varied county
Very rural to the north large sprawling coastal conurbations to the south, Hampshire is a county of contrasts. It enjoys some beautiful coastline and areas of outstanding natural beauty. The administration of the county on a district level is broken down to the authorities of: Basingstoke and Deane,
City of Winchester,
City of Portsmouth, Rushmoor, City of Southampton and the Test Valley
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