Horniman Museum and Gardens

A photograph showing the Horniman Museum
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Open daily: 1030-1730

Admission charges

Free admissiont to Museum & Gardens.
Charge for Aquarium and some temporary exhibitions and events.

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Fauna Brazil

  • 2 July 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

This photographic display by João Marcos Rosa showcases the incredible wildlife of Brazil including the unique animals of the Atlantic Forest and the tropical wetlands of the Brazilian Pantanal. These stunning images feature paths where jaguars hunt, rivers where giant otters fish and the enormous trees where harpy eagles build their nests.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Jazmine Miles-Long

Memorial. A Tribute to Taxidermy

  • 22 October 2016 — 5 March 2017 *on now

Inspired by pieces selected from the Horniman’s historic collection, Jazmine pays tribute to the unknown craftsmen of the past to produce a series of painstakingly beautiful works that explore the journey from taxidermist to museum. A film featuring rare insights into the process and production of her own work are also presented in this fascinating and thought-provoking display.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

European Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • 26 November 2016 — 15 January 2017 *on now

The 84 exceptional images showcase the beauty and diversity of the natural world, capturing unique moments such as the glory of the northern lights, a new-born seal’s first glimpse of the world and an ant’s tiny landscape magnified into a colourful ‘fairyland’. The exhibition also includes overall winner Richard Peters’ photograph of an urban fox, Shadow Walker.

The European Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest is owned by the GDT-Society of German Photographers.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Horniman Museum and Gardens
100 London Road
Forest Hill
Greater London
SE23 3PQ






020 8699 1872


020 8291 5506

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