Horniman Museum and Gardens

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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.
Oviraptor Embryo

Dinosaurs: Monster Families

  • 13 February — 30 October 2016 *on now

Discover the fascinating world of dinosaurs and their young in this family-focused interactive exhibition.

Dinosaurs: Monster Families shows how dinosaurs looked after their eggs, nests and babies. Meet ‘Baby Louie’, the near-complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo; dig in the discovery pit; touch a real dinosaur leg bone and come face-to-face with T-Rex’s relative – a life-size Tarbosaurus skeleton cast. Plus have more fun at the interactive exploration stations, while dinosaurs ‘fill’ the room in vivid illustrations by artist Luis V Rey.

Visitors will also be able to see a fossilised egg of the extinct elephant bird, on loan from Sir David Attenborough’s private collection, and enjoy an exciting programme of dinosaur-themed events and activities to complement the exhibition. See www.horniman.ac.uk for details and ticket information. Horniman Members go free.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Family GA £18.70
Adult GA £7.70
Child GA £4.40



Favela: Joy and Pain in the City

  • 23 June — 18 September 2016 *on now

Photographers Bira, Elisângela and Adriano – each of whom comes from Brazil's largest favela, Maré – show us their vision of Rio de Janeiro in this series of evocative photographs, capturing the complexities of life in urban Brazil.

Each of the photographers has earned their reputation amongst contemporary Brazilian photographers through the exceptional quality of their work and the unique vision they bring of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Their work is presented by the Observatory of the Favelas based in Maré.



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



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Brazilian Food Garden

  • 22 June — 4 September 2016 *on now

Black turtle beans, sugar cane, coffee and cassava are among the plants featured in a colourful culinary display in the Horniman Food Garden, taking its inspiration from iconic dishes and drinks of Brazil. Planted in recipe groupings including caipirinha and feijoada



Project Morrinho

Project Morrinho: A Horniman Favela

  • 3 July — 4 September 2016 *on now

Discover a miniature model favela in the Gardens created as part of Project Morrinho, a social and cultural project from Rio de Janeiro where local youths build intricate models of the favelas they grew up in. Project Morrinho originated from the Laranjeiras neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, and has increasingly garnered local and international attention for its aesthetics and the ingenuity of its young creators. Project Morrinho has collaborated with local community groups to construct the Horniman favela.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Festa Julina

Festa Julina

  • 3 July — 4 September 2016 *on now

Our Festival of Brasil kicks off with Festa Julina, a traditional Brazilian party in the Horniman Gardens. Encounter live Forró music, Brazilian square dance, street performances, traditional Brazilian games, face painting and more. Festa Julina is inspired by Festa Junina - one of the most important festivals in Brazil after Carnival, celebrating the harvest of the corn in the Brazilian countryside.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Brazillian Street Art

Brazilian Street Art

  • 3 July — 4 September 2016 *on now

Explore the Horniman Gardens and discover specially created murals inspired by the Museum’s collections and created by some of Brazil’s most exciting street artists from the LATA Street Culture Festival. Then follow our online trail and discover more commissioned street art around the Horniman and Forest Hill area.
In association with Braziliarty.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Sunday Bandstand performers Pe De Jurema

Sunday Bandstand Concerts

  • 28 August 2016 3-5pm

Grab your dancing shoes and enjoy our weekly series of free outdoor concerts showcasing the diversity of Brazilian music from samba to tropicália.
7 August: Tonzee
14 August: Let Drum Beat
21 August: Viramundo
28 August: Pé De Jurema

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Horniman Carnival

Horniman Carnival!

  • 4 September 2016 12-5:30pm

Join us for an afternoon of extravagant concerts, dance and carnival performances in the gardens to celebrate the end of our Brazilian Summer: the programme will include specially-commissioned carnival parades, live music from samba to maracatu, theatre performances, workshops, food and more.

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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