Bournemouth Natural Science Society

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Bournemouth Natural Science Society

Bournemouth Natural Science Society
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) is a registered charity whose aims have little changed since its formation in 1903: to promote study, interest and enjoyment in all branches of the Natural Sciences and History. The Society runs an extensive programme of events throughout the year, including lectures, museum open days, exhibitions, study groups, field meetings, cultural visits and social activities.
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1-2 hours
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xsarahx
146 contributions
Hidden away!
Aug 2019
We visited last year on a free open day. From the outside it doesn’t look very inviting however once your inside there are many fascinating rooms with lots to see and interact with. Also has a lovely garden and small tea room.
Written 26 July 2020
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Maggie C
Ringwood, UK15 contributions
Open on Tuesday
Dec 2019 • Couples
We've lived by the New Forest for 35 years and visited Bournemouth many times for the beach, the shops, the cinema, the concerts, the Russell Cotes Museum (also quirky in a different way) but this museum somehow never came to our attention. It's away from the centre but on a few bus routes, including the bus route from Ringwood and Salisbury. Afterwards we walked back towards Boscombe, went down the chine to Boscombe Pier, had a meal and a drink then walked back to Bournemouth along the promenade and up through the central gardens to the town centre. (Through the Winter Wonderland another treat, another story.) So it made a really nice day out. Like being on holiday! I love the building the museum is in and am so looking forward to the scaffolding coming down. From top to bottom it is packed with wonders of the world. An old fashioned museum with cabinets and artefacts and stuffed birds and animals and friendly people with lots of information. We thoroughly enjoyed our couple of hours and didn't even get to see it all so we'll be back again. There's so much to take in. If you like that sort of museum, things to look at and read, no buttons and light shows and you have a bit of time on a Tuesday then do visit.
Written 12 December 2019
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Rebecca A
27 contributions
Little Gem
Nov 2019 • Family
Well what can I say about this place other than a “Hidden gem”. I took my 9 year old daughter here on a home schooling education trip and it’s Amazing. The volunteers who help keep this place going are so knowledgable it’s unreal. You pretty much get your own guided tour at some points and the lady in the Egyptology room knows her stuff. They have the Mummy Tahemaa and the history on her is good to learn about for sure. Well worth a visit such a shame it doesn’t get more publicity.
Written 5 November 2019
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Hayley F
12 contributions
Fantastic hidden gem!
Oct 2019 • Family
This place is a real find. Packed to the rafters with wonderful specimens! Special thanks to Keith who showed us around. Mark Spencer for his unbelievable up close talk on all things from Spiders to Stick Insects - and to Joyce up stairs who told us all about Taheema. This place is wonderful, will most definitely return. Entry fee is donation.
Written 29 October 2019
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Paul H
Birmingham, UK7 contributions
Amazingly educational and eye opening
Oct 2019 • Couples
We stumbled upon this gem of a museum whilst actually looking for the art gallery so we visited this museum instead and visited the art gallery later in the week during our holiday. This is a free museum that relies on volunteers and donations to keep it running, my partner and I had an amazing time here during our 5 hour visit. The nice lady who helps out in the Egyptology department is super knowledgeable and friendly and is obviously extremely passionate about her work which is very apparent when she talks to visitors. My partner and I spent most of our day talking with this lady and left at the end of our visit with a great understanding and appreciation of Egyptology. The nice man who was downstairs in the canteen area was very knowledgeable in his field of butterflies, dragonflies, damsonflies and critters, again as a result of his teachings we left with great knowledge and understanding in his area of expertise. Downstairs in the basement was yet again another knowledgeable and helpful lady in the specialist area of fossils, crystals, rocks, minerals, and much more. We were more than happy to leave a donation prior to leaving. Visiting this museum was the highlight of our week's holiday in Bournemouth
Written 1 October 2019
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FarAway722469
Bournemouth, UK17 contributions
OMP ( Oh My Pharaohs'!!! )
Sep 2019
I feel guilty at never having been here before! It truly is a magical place, with magical exhibits and volunteers'!
We were warmly welcomed and introduced to Mark and his menagerie! I held a tarantula and stroked a cockroach!
Joyce with the Egyptology exhibits was amazing. Her enthusiasm and knowledge know no bounds! Joyce and all the staff were very patient with us and you know they are there because they love being there, informing the public and restoring the exhibits....beautiful, beautiful care takers'!
Jacque with the dinosaurs was informative, patient and enthusiastic, again, all the volunteers' we met were AMAZING!!!
We ate our picnic in the garden and really, really enjoyed our first visit.
I urge everyone to go. Places like this are rare and need to be saved, nurtured and protected.
It should have a load of money bunged at it to save the building because it's contents ( including the volunteers' ) are priceless!
Hallelujah for places like this!!!
Written 6 September 2019
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chatsworth25
Bournemouth, UK15 contributions
Definitely 10/10 Fantastic
Aug 2019
Although undergoing restoration of its roof lantern hence the scaffold this really is one of the best places to go on a rainy day (or even any other day)Children will love it and it covers all nature:birds,buterflies,reptiles , geology,eygptology
The volunteers certainly are very knowledgable and are brilliant in communicating this across to all ages -my 9 year old absolutely loved her time there and has asked when we will go back
NB Check on the website for their opening times
This really is an absolute gem and should be one of Bournemouths top places to visit
Written 14 August 2019
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Michelle T
Helston, England, United Kingdom1 contribution
What a gem!
Aug 2019 • Family
Visited here with my 3 and 6 year old children and my husband, we all had a great morning! My son loved the geology bit downstairs, specially the dinosaurs. He was really excited he got to handle a mammoths tooth and a few different stones, the lady there was so kind and patient with him. Next we went upstairs to see the Mummy, again we had a very knowledgeable lady who took the time to tell us lots of interesting facts about Tahima and the ancient Egyptians. Next we went through to the Botany department where we got to see a fascinating collection of Cocoa beans, Cork, sugar canes, etc. We made our way back down to the ground floor to see the insects, and were very surprised to find lots of live specimens! Stick insects, moths, tarantulas, beetles, etc.
Would highly recommend, we will definitely be going back!
Written 11 August 2019
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Laupsavea
London, UK46 contributions
Great but well hidden!
Aug 2019
A very nice museum. It could do with improving its publicity as we stayed literally opposite it and didnt notice until our last day that it was there. It has an old world charm about it. The volunteers who staff it are all very helpful and enthusiastic. Entrance is free but a donation is morally the right thing to do to keep this gem alive. The place is full of interesting fossils, natural history and loads of other interesting items. They also have a wonderful garden at the rear with its own pond.
Written 7 August 2019
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Jimjam27bm
Bournemouth, UK32 contributions
We love this place
Aug 2019 • Family
Love this place. So much to see. There’s always staff around in each section who are Hppy to I’ve you an educated talk and lots of information. There’s an Egyptian mummy. Dead animals. Shark teeth. Nature and much more. Plus it’s free. But it’s nice to donate to them as they are a charity. You could spend hours looking around.
Written 4 August 2019
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Bournemouth Natural Science Society is open:
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 - 16:00