Horniman Museum and Gardens
Horniman Museum and Gardens
100 London Road
020 8699 1872
020 8291 5506
The Horniman has a unique range of exhibitions, events and activities which illustrate the cultural and natural world. Our collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments provide the inspiration for our programme of permanent and temporary exhibitions and events and activities. A full range of events and activities take place for different audiences including storytelling and art and craft sessions for children, and courses and workshops for adults.
This museum has Designated Collections of national importance.
Museum, Library, Archive, Garden, parklands or rural site
Open daily: 1030-1730
Free admissiont to Museum & Gardens.
Charge for Aquarium and some temporary exhibitions and events.
Our library is open to the public by appointment only.
The Ethnography and Music collections are Designated Collections of national importance.
The Museum holds in total some 350,000 objects and related items. The Horniman has three main collections, World Cultures (Ethnography) comprising 80,000 objects, Natural History with 250,000 specimens, and Music with over 7,000 instruments plus 1,000 archive documents. There is also a parallel education handling collection which has over 3,700 objects drawn from all three main disciplines and a library collection with texts and related items covering the main collection areas.
The Museum also has an active collecting policy with regular fieldwork to acquire new objects and to find out more about existing ones carried out by curators. Over 90% of the collections of Ethnography and Music have been acquired since the original bequest by Frederick Horniman in 1901. Most objects not currently on display are held in storage at the Museum's Study Collection Centre in Greenwich, while the Museum also loans objects to other institutions for exhibitions.
World Cultures, Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Photography, Performing Arts, Natural Sciences, Music, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
The Art of Harmony: The V&A and Horniman Music Collections
- 1 August 2012 — 1 March 2014 *on now
This exhibition showcases Western classical musical instruments on loan from the V&A and complementary objects from the Horniman.
- Any age
- 28 September 2013 — 2 March 2014 *on now
The stories of our planet’s lost and fading species are brought to life in this photography exhibition by Sean Dooley. After Life features poignant and surprising portraits of extinct and endangered animals preserved in museums and private collections, including specimens from the Horniman’s own collections.