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Horniman Museum and Gardens

#156 of 1,552 things to do in London
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Address: 100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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+44 20 8699 1872
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10:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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The Horniman Museum and Gardens is an inspiring, surprising,...

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is an inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free attraction in South London’s Forest Hill.The Museum has been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, the collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection.Unusually for such an important museum, you can see the collection up-close and face-to-face. You can even pick up, try on and play with some objects.Visitors come time and again to explore this free museum, take part in our activities and enjoy the 16-acre gardens.

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Half term with grandchildren

The Horniman has been a regular destination for at least eight years. The latest exhibition is 'the Robot Zoo' very good, but spoilt by use of 'American' spelling and imperial... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Horniman has been a regular destination for at least eight years. The latest exhibition is 'the Robot Zoo' very good, but spoilt by use of 'American' spelling and imperial measurements. At least half the visitors were school age, and will have been confused by this. Staff superb, very busy but queuing well managed and cafe coping with crowds from... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the robot zoo this morning with my 8 and 10 year old boys. £17 ticket got us into one dimly lit room with a few mechanical animals which moved their mouths and eyes. We got their at opening time but within 10 minutes the room was packed with children. Fortunately we didn't need to stay in there too... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really liked the gardens to walk around and the musical instruments gallery was very impressive. I liked all the nature galleries and the aquarium too.

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind words Ethan - we're glad you had a great visit! More 

Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibitions are very well done to many different topics. It was a pity that a part of the museum was closed due to conversion (December 2016). We were on a holiday there. That meant lots of children, lots of prams and a crowd in the restaurant.

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and we're sorry that the renovations may have hampered your visit. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I used to live near here and went quite often. The gardens are lovely and there is a great view to enjoy. Inside the museum, kids will love the aquarium and stuffed animals and adults will appreciate the musical instruments section. There is also an occasional market in the graceful Victorian greenhouse which is worth visiting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Living not far from the Museum, my husband and I went for a visit back in November 2016. Great educational place, fantastic for families and really good for a Saturday with a difference. There's also a lovely café, a bit pricey, but where you can enjoy a nice coffee or grab a bite

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had been meaning to come here for a while so visited on a really sunny Sunday. The space was smaller than I expected, but a really lovely walk and lovely views from being located so high on the hill. The animal section in particular was my favourite, and it was also quite interesting to walk around looking inside the museum... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good museum with a lot of variety. We went for the Wildlife Photography exhibit which was great. We also liked the natural history part. It's well exhibited. I think we needed a bit more patience for the musical instruments. It's really a lot to take in and quite time-consuming to read what everything is. We didn't do the aquarium. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a change! I remember this museum from childhood when it housed an eclectic collection which appealed to a young mind due to the inclusion of a few goulish items of the shrunken head variety! Now it has been revamped and offers a whole range of attractions which demonstrably attract a huge family audience. Arriving on a wet Saturday morning... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Just popped in on the way in to the city and found a gem. Hidden away behind fences and a grand facade is a gem of interesting features, lovely gardens and a good cafe. The museum proper is not quite of the same standard as the larger museum in central london but this is more thorough. There are lots of... More 

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