Bournemouth Natural Science Society, Bournemouth

4.7
#2 of 6 in Museums in Bournemouth
The home of the BNSS is a grand, late Victorian building located on the outskirts of Bournemouth town centre. It houses a fascinating museum of numerous collections, from Natural History to Egyptology, and two libraries holding over 5000 volumes. In addition, the BNSS boasts a marvellous garden aimed at encouraging wildlife in an urban environment.

Since its formation in 1903, the BNSS has acquired many thousands of items collected from around the world. The museum not only cherishes a large menagerie of preserved natural history specimens, including birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, eggs and shells; but also collections of fossils, rocks and minerals, ancient hand axes and even an Egyptian mummy. The society itself has various interest groups which include Botany, Ornithology, Zoology, Entomology, Science, Astronomy, Geology, History, Egyptology and Archaeology.

The BNSS runs an extensive programme of events, including lectures, study groups, field meetings, cultural visits and social events. Talks are given on Tuesday evenings, Wednesday afternoons and Saturday afternoons.
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  • A much overlooked attraction, this place has insects, mummies and fossils among many, many more items. Run by knowledgable volunteers who are always happy to answer questions. Usually only open on Tue...  more »
  • Saw on TA that this museum only opened on a Tuesday, so thought we would drop in, well I dont know about drop in, it would be so easy to spend all day here. Its an eclectic mix of fascinating exhibits...  more »
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  • First time I have visited. Garden at the back is lovely. Inside there are lots and varied exhibits and experts on hand to give you more information. The Egyptology room was great...they have a mummy in the collection and a restoration will be beginning ina few weeks which members of the public are welcome to watch-including when they open the coffin!
  • Fun for kids who are slightly older. My daughter at 9 really enjoyed it but not at 7 because she was more easily distracted. But at 9 she found it fascinating and extremely interesting. Lots for her to see and learn. Thoroughly recommend
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