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.
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



The Kongouro

Cook and the Kangaroo

  • 19 March — 5 June 2016 *on now

See the first European painting of an Australian animal, ‘'The Kongouro from New Holland' by the artist George Stubbs, alongside the Horniman’s taxidermy mount of an Eastern Grey Kangaroo. This small display will explore Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, which encountered new landscapes, people, plants and animals.
Part of a collaborative project between five museums, led by Royal Museums Greenwich, and funded by the Art Fund and HLF.

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.
Family Enjoying Family Art Fun

Family Art Fun

  • 2 — 3 June 2016 11am-2:45pm

Join free and fabulous craft activities inspired by the sheep in our Animal Walk. Make woolly sheep models and a bug or beetle than can fly as you run!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17



Pond Dipping

Nature Explorers: Pond Dipping

  • 2 June 2016 11-11:45am, 12-12:45pm, 2-2:45pm, 3-3:45pm

Try your hand at pond dipping in our Nature Trail Pond and discover a summer environment bursting with life on the Nature Trail. All equipment is provided. This activity is not suitable for prams or pushchairs. Please dress for the weather. An alternative indoor event will be run in the event of very bad weather.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17


Child £3
Adult Free



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






020 8699 1872


020 8291 5506

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