Horniman Museum and Gardens

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

Website

www.horniman.ac.uk

E-mail

enquiry@horniman.ac.uk

Telephone

020 8699 1872

Fax

020 8291 5506

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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, Library, Archive, 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.
Children enjoy blue screen technology which places them at a mountain top

Extremes

  • 15 February — 2 November 2014 *on now

Come on an expedition to see how animals and plants survive in extreme heat, cold, dryness and constant darkness or with little oxygen in our new family friendly exhibition.

See some of the animals that live in these environments, watch films that make you shiver, feel the air-conditioning inside an ostrich’s beak, try to keep up with the drinking speed of a camel or see how much fat you have compared with a seal.

Extremes mixes hands-on experiences including games and experiments, with films and taxidermy animal specimens. This exhibition is in three languages – English, Spanish and French.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Languages

  • Spanish
  • French

Admission

£3.30 Child, £6.60 Adult, £16.50 Family (prices include 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation)

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/upcoming-exhibitions/extremes#image-4

photograph of musical instrument

Music Gallery

  • 1 January 2014 — 1 January 2016 *on now

Over 1300 instruments from the Horniman's internationally renowned collection can be seen in the Music Gallery. Its breathtaking display spans a wide range of instruments from around the world, making up the largest number on display in the UK.

The gallery also features short films linking instruments on display to the cultures and contexts in which they are played around the world.

Interactive sound tables offer the chance to listen to the sounds of your favourite instruments, and make some new discoveries, while the Hands On Space allows everyone the chance to make some music of their own.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/displays/music-gallery#image-1

Extremes

  • 15 February — 2 November 2014 *on now

Calling all budding explorers! Come on an expedition to see how animals and plants survive in extreme heat, cold, dryness and permanent darkness or with little oxygen in our new family friendly exhibition Extremes.
See some of the animals that live in these environments, watch films that make you shiver, try to keep up with the drinking speed of a camel, feel the air-conditioning inside the ostrich’s beak, or see how much fat you have compared with a seal. Extremes mixes hands-on experiences including games and experiments, with films and taxidermy animal specimens. This exhibition is in three languages – English, Spanish and French.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/extremes#image-1

At Home with Music

  • 1 July 2014 — 31 December 2015 *on now

Visit our new permanent display of keyboard instruments. This display explores domestic keyboards from the past five centuries that were brought into homes from parlours to palaces and brings together highlights of the keyboard instrument collections from the Horniman and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The display includes organs, harpsichords, pianos and clavichords and features rare and beautiful instruments.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/displays/music-gallery#image-3

Revisiting Romania: Dress and Identity

  • 4 October 2014 — 6 September 2015 *on now

Exploring how Romanian folk art has been used to express social and political ideas within the village and on the national and international stage.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions

Revisiting Romania: Dress and Identity

  • 4 October 2014 — 6 September 2015 *on now

Exploring how Romanian folk art has been used to express social and political ideas within the village and on the national and international stage.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions

photograph of romanian waistcoat

Revisiting Romania

  • 4 October 2014 — 6 September 2015 *on now

An exhibition exploring how Romanian folk art has been used to express social and political ideas within the village and on the national and international stage.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/upcoming-exhibitions/revisiting-romania-dress-and-identity#image-0

Kurt Jackson: River

  • 29 November 2014 — 25 January 2015

A unique chance to see a selection of paintings and sculptures from British artist Kurt Jackson's different river projects from the last three decades. Including pictures of the Thames, the Dart, the Severn and the Tamar, this retrospective of riverine works features a number of very large plein-air canvases as well as film footage of the works in progress, sketches and ceramics.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Painiting: Rain Cotehele Oak and Holly

Kurt Jackson: River

  • 29 November 2014 — 25 January 2015

A unique chance to see a selection of paintings and sculpture from British artist Kurt Jackson’s different river projects from the last three decades. Including pictures of the Thames, the Dart, the Severn and the Tamar, this retrospective of riverine works features a number of very large plein-air canvases as well as film footage of the works in progress, sketches and ceramics.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/upcoming-exhibitions

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.

Horniman Farmers' Market

  • 21 September 2013 — 20 December 2014 *on now

A locally sourced, locally sold farmers' market selling vegetables, meat, fish, bread, flowers, hot food and much more in our glorious Gardens.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Horniman Farmers Market

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

A locally sourced, locally sold farmers’ market selling vegetables, meat, fish, bread, flowers, hot food and much more in our glorious Gardens.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Every Saturday

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/horniman-farmers-market

Hands on Family Workshops

  • 6 September — 13 December 2014 *on now

Every Saturday. Touch real museum objects in these popular themes sessions for families.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Hands on Family Workshops

  • 6 September — 13 December 2014 *on now

Every Saturday. Touch real museum objects in these popular themes sessions for families.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Art Makers

  • 6 September — 13 December 2014 *on now

Every Saturday. Have fun with different art techniques to create something fabulous to take home inspired by the Horniman’s collections or seasonal celebrations.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Discovery for All

  • 7 September — 14 December 2014 *on now

Come and visit our Hands On Base and explore its thousands of real objects from around the world with our Explainers.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

A World of Stories

  • 7 September — 14 December 2014 *on now

Our popular storytellers bring the Horniman’s collections and Gardens alive with enchanting stories from around the world.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Busy Bees

  • 23 September — 13 December 2014 *on now

Every Tuesday and Wednesday. Lively sessions for Under 5s and their parents/carers. Activities change each week and include creative play, stories and songs or simple art and craft.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Horniman Halloween Fair

  • 25 — 26 October 2014 10:30am-4pm

Enjoy a spooky trail, find goodies in our arts and crafts market and take part in family craft activities – plus lots more. Come dressed in your favourite Halloween costume and join the Halloween parades taking place throughout the weekend.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/horniman-halloween-fair

Girl peering through the trees

The Big Draw: Giant Hibernation Home

  • 25 October 2014 11am-3:30pm

Help us turn the Horniman’s famous bandstand into a giant hibernation home. Make a drawing of a leaf in the gardens, and then stick it inside the Bandstand to add to our cosy burrow!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/the-big-draw-giant-hibernation-home-960

Horniman Halloween Fair

  • 25 — 26 October 2014 10:30am-4pm

Join us at the Horniman Halloween Fair where you can enjoy a spooky trail, find goodies in our arts and crafts market and take part in family craft activities – plus lots more.   Come dressed in your favourite Halloween costume and join the Halloween parades taking place throughout the weekend. 

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/horniman-halloween-fair

Discovery for All

  • 27 October 2014 2-3:30pm

Come and visit our Hands On Base and explore its thousands of real objects from around the world. Everyone welcome.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Family Art Fun

  • 27 — 31 October 2014

Join free craft activities this half term inspired by Diwali and festivals of lights around the world – make a paper boat with a tissue candle (Mon and Tue) or a decorative lantern (Wed – Fri). Suitable for ages 3+.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Community Teachsport: ParkActive

  • 27 — 31 October 2014

Enjoy some healthy drop in activities in the Gardens. Older children can have a go at sports from around the world whilst tiny tots can enjoy the soft play and baby gym. Please check for cancellations due to bad weather. Suitable for 0-18 years.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Nature Explorers: Bulb planting in the Gardens

  • 27 October 2014 11am-12pm, 1:15-2:15pm, 3-4pm
  • 28 October 2014 11am-12pm, 1:15-2:15pm, 3-4pm

Take a look at some unusual seeds from around the world and help us to plant some bulbs in the Garden ready for Spring.
Suitable for ages 5+.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Child £2. Buy on the day.

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/nature-explorers-bulb-planting-in-the-garden

photograph of seeds

Nature Explorers: Bulb Planting in the Gardens

  • 27 — 28 October 2014 11am-4pm

Take a look at some unusual seeds from around the world and help us to plant some bulbs in the Garden ready for Spring. Suitable for ages 5 and above.

Suitable for

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

Admission

£2.00 per child, accompanying adults free.

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/nature-explorers-bulb-planting-in-the-garden

Hear it Live!

  • 29 October 2014 3:30-4pm

On the last Tuesday of each month, enjoy an informal live session in the Music Gallery

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Kathak Dance for All

  • 29 October 2014 11am-3:45pm

Learn how to tell a story through dance and find out how it is linked to Diwali – the festival of light. Suitable for ages 5+

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/indian-kathak-dance-for-all

photograph of ashdown

Nature Trail Discovery

  • 29 October 2014 2-3:30pm

Discover our mile-long Nature Trail, the oldest in London. Encounter wildlife and pond, meadow and log pile habitats. Suitable for ages 3 and above. Not suitable for prams or pushchairs.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Girl with flowers

Nature Trail Discovery

  • 29 October 2014 2-3:30pm

Discover our mile-long Nature Trail, the oldest in London. Encounter wildlife and pond, meadow and log pile habitats. Suitable for ages 3+. Not suitable for prams or pushchairs.

Suitable for

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

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/nature-trail-discovery-940

Kathak Dance

Kathak Dance for All

  • 29 October 2014 11-11:45am, 12:15-1pm, 1:45-2:30pm, 3-3:45pm

Learn how to tell a story through dance and find out how it is linked to Diwali – the festival of light. Suitable for ages 5+

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/indian-kathak-dance-for-all

Discovery for All

  • 30 October 2014 2-3:30pm

Come and visit our Hands On Base and explore its thousands of real objects from around the world. Everyone welcome.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Discovery for All

  • 31 October 2014 2-3:30pm

Come and visit our Hands On Base and explore its thousands of real objects from around the world. Everyone welcome.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Miss Horniman’s Halloween Tour

  • 31 October 2014 11:30am-3:45pm

Join Miss Horniman as she tells spooky stories and mysterious myths in the darkest corners of the Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Horniman Late: Festival of Lights

  • 13 November 2014 6:30-9:30pm

There will be light! Join us for a night of live music and dance celebrating Diwali, light and sound installations by cotemporary artists, animation film screenings by international filmmakers, LED light juggling, workshops, food and more.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/festival-of-lights-late

Behind the scenes: Tour of the Music Gallery

  • 13 November 2014 7-8pm

Take an after hours tour around the UK's largest gallery of musical instruments with music curator Margaret Birley. Learn about the history of the Horniman's remarkable musical instrument collection which numbers over 8,000 examples, and the stories informing its display.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/behind-the-scenes-at-the-horniman-tour-of-the-music-gallery

Behind the Scenes: Tour of the Music Gallery

  • 13 November 2014 7-8pm

Take an after hours tour around the UK’s largest gallery of musical instruments with music curator Margaret Birley. Learn about the history of the Horniman’s remarkable musical instrument collection which numbers over 8,000 examples, and the stories informing its display.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5 Adults

Night of Late: Youth Late

  • 22 November 2014 6:30-9:30pm

They're back, bigger and brighter than ever! The Horniman Youth Panel take over the Museum for the 5th year running with live bands, a sparkletastic Pop-up club and an acoustic and spoken word stage. For ages 14-25 years. No alcohol. The first 250 visitors get a free Night of Light wristband.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/night-of-light-youth-late-959

Night Of Light

Night of Light: Youth Late

  • 22 November 2014 6:30-9:30pm

They’re back, bigger and brighter than ever! The Horniman Youth Panel take over the Museum for the 5th year running with live bands, a sparkletastic Pop-up Club and an acoustic and spoken word stage. The first 250 visitors get a free Night of Light wristband. For ages 14-25 years. No alcohol.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/night-of-light-youth-late-959

Paprika Concert

  • 23 November 2014 3:30-5pm

As part of the London Jazz Festival, we're hosting a concert by Paprika who perform Eastern European, Balkan and Gypsy music, bringing rare and lost Balkan music back to life. Part of our autumn series of free exhibitions and events celebrating culture from Romania and the Balkans.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/paprika-concert

Paprika

Paprika Concert

  • 23 November 2014 3:30-5pm

As part of the London Jazz Festival, we’re hosting a concert by Paprika who perform Eastern European, Balkan and Gypsy music, bringing rare and lost Balkan music back to life. Part of our free exhibitions and events celebrating culture from Romania and the Balkans.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/paprika-concert

Hear it Live!

  • 25 November 2014 3:30-4pm

On the last Tuesday of each month, enjoy an informal live session in the Music Gallery

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar

Behind the Scenes: The Meaning of Shrunken Heads, and the ethics of their display.

  • 4 December 2014 7-8pm

Dr Robert Storrie, our keeper of Anthropology draws on his fieldwork in Amazonia to discuss the meaning of the three shrunken heads in the Horniman's collection. What did they mean to the Shuar People who made them, and what do they mean now to their descendants? What have they meant to museums and their visitors over the past century, and can we find a way of displaying them in the future that does justice to Amazonian understandings of the world?

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/behind-the-scenes-at-the-horniman-the-meanings-of-shrunken-heads-and-the-ethics-of-their-display

Behind the Scenes: The meanings of shrunken heads, and the ethics of their display

  • 4 December 2014 7-8pm

Dr Robert Storrie, our Keeper of Anthropology draws on his fieldwork in Amazonia to discuss the meanings of the three shrunken heads in the Horniman's collection. What did they mean to the Shuar People who made them, and what do they mean now to their descendents? What have they meant to museums and their visitors over the past century, and can we find a way of displaying them in the future that does justice to Amazonian understandings of the world?

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5 Adult

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/behind-the-scenes-at-the-horniman-the-meanings-of-shrunken-heads-and-the-ethics-of-their-display

Horniman Christmas Fair

  • 6 — 7 December 2014 10:30am-4pm

Join us for our traditional Christmas Fair. Browse unique gifts for all the family in our Christmas markets, join in with our Christmas Trail, enjoy delicious festive treats and lots more. On the Sunday there will be local choirs providing festive singing- wrap up warm and come along!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/horniman-christmas-fair

Horniman Christmas Fair

  • 6 — 7 December 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Join us for our traditional Christmas Fair. Browse unique gifts for all the family in our Christmas markets, join in with our Christmas Trail, enjoy delicious festive treats and lots more. On the Sunday there will be local choirs providing festive singing – wrap up warm and come along! Free though some activities may have a charge.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free though some activities may have a charge.

Website

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/horniman-christmas-fair

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