The Historical Background to the Collections…

The collections cover a number of disciplines studied by the Society. Some collections are quite comprehensive, others less so, but there is always a fascinating variety. For the most part, the collections have been donated to us by members, and some of these pre-date the formation of the Society. At other times we have been able to be the repository of items that might otherwise have been dumped or consigned to storerooms by other museums. The acquisition of our present premises in 1919 has enabled us to provide sufficient space to present these collections. Prior to that, in 1912, when the Society was hiring rooms for their activities and storage, the collections were offered to Bournemouth Council as a basis for a local museum – an offer which was never accepted nor replaced with a better scheme. Meanwhile, the Society offers the people of Bournemouth a chance to view some of their natural heritage.

The museum collections are open to visiting members of the public on Tuesday mornings between 10am and 4pm.  Groups from schools, universities or other educational establishments are also welcome by appointment to see the museum collections. For more information about visiting us, please click here.

Museum NEWS

Dudsbury Guide Camp working with Bournemouth Natural Science Society

January 17, 2017

In October 2016 Bournemouth Guides received £32,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project to investigate the 3000 year old hill fort called Dudsbury that their campsite is situated on at West Parley. Led by the Girlguiding members the project focuses on the historical importance of their ancient Iron Age hill fort and […]

Winner of BNSS President’s Award 2016 Announced

December 10, 2016

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) is thrilled to announce the winner of its inaugural President’s Award, which was presented at the Society’s AGM on Saturday 10th December 2016. This new award has been created to recognise the individual who has contributed the most to the furtherance of science or has inspired to others to […]


April 19, 2016

A History of the BNSS Building It is appropriate that our historic collections of local artefacts, local wildlife and fossils (plus lots more!) should find home in one of Bournemouth’s historic buildings. Not only is “Bassendean” the home of the Bournemouth Natural Science Society, but it is a Grade II Listed Building. These two important […]

Bournemouth’s “New” Museum!

February 3, 2016

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society receives Museum Accreditation. The Bournemouth Natural Science Society is thrilled to announce its successful application to the Museum Accreditation Scheme. Our Museum Committee has been working hard for a long time to get our documents in order and up to scratch and it is a credit to them that we […]

Chris Packham joins the BNSS as new Patron!

July 7, 2015

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society is thrilled to welcome Chris Packham as its new Patron. Chris Packham, the famous English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author is joining forces with the Society to help promote and support our wonderful work within the community. Not a stranger to the BNSS, Chris has previously lent his […]