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, social activities and a monthly ‘Young Explorers’ club. The home of the BNSS is a grand, late Victorian Grade II listed building, located on the outskirts of Bournemouth town centre. It houses a fascinating museum which cherishes a menagerie of preserved natural history specimens, including plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, eggs and shells, as well as extensive collections of fossils, rocks and minerals. The museum also has numerous archaeological artefacts and an Egyptology collection which boasts a 2500 year old mummy in its sarcophagus. In addition, there are many thousands of photographic slides dating from the late 19th century, and two libraries holding over 5000 volumes available for loan and reference to its members. The grounds of the building feature a marvellous garden aimed at encouraging wildlife in an urban environment. The Society welcomes the use of all of its facilities for research, education and enjoyment.
Do look at our website bnss.org.uk for latest information.
Groups from schools, universities or other educational establishments are welcome by appointment to see the museum collections.
The Society runs an extensive programme of events throughout the year, including lectures, museum open days, exhibitions, study groups, field meetings, cultural visits, social activities and a monthly ‘Young Explorers’ club.
|Toilets for Wheelchair Users||Yes|
|Guided Tours||By appointment|
|Wheelchair Accessability||Ground floor only|
|Facilities for the Blind / Visually Impaired|
|Group Visits||By appointment|
|School Visits||By appointment|