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Horniman Museum and Gardens

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Closed Now: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Very enjoyable

This is a place well worth a visit for a couple of hours. Lots to see, I go especially for the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
KatiePSK
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London, United Kingdom
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Good if you enjoy disappointment

I visited the Horniman Museum with my friend Holly yesterday and it was very enjoyable, I found... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
angusvanderslott
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London, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a place well worth a visit for a couple of hours. Lots to see, I go especially for the aquarium which is reasonable to get into and really relaxing to spend time in unless there is a lot of screaming kids in there...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the Horniman Museum with my friend Holly yesterday and it was very enjoyable, I found excitement and interest in almost every part of the building and its gardens. It is a great day out for friends and families alike. I was, however, disappointed...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thinking for something different to do, indoors in the cold weather, we thought we’d take our two little ones (3.5 years and baby) to the Horniman museum in Forest Hill. Our little boy was excited to see the aquarium so we bought tickets to this...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mimi A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The aquarium and butterfly house are well worth the admission cost especially if you have children with you. Some interesting exhibits but the glass case displays seem a little old hat. The gardens have splendid views of the London skyline.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 16 January 2019 via mobile

Ruined by the noise of babies small children and m phones cafe ok but had lots of people eating their own food so there was nowhere for us to sitMore

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SurreyFletty
HornimanMuseum, Owner at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your comment and we are sorry to hear that. For a quieter time we recommend visiting after 2.30pm during weekdays or early on a Sunday morning. We understand that the café does get very busy at times and have opened a picnic...More

Reviewed 11 January 2019 via mobile

The Horniman Museum has everything from natural history taxidermy to cultural exploration of human tribes, fascinating history, stunning mosaic exterior - a never never land clock, and private library, A real South east London treasure, Always fresh exhibitions, and a farmers market on Saturday. Lovely...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 January 2019

Well worth a visit if you are in the Dulwich area. Free admission for the main galleries. You could combine a visit with a look around the Dulwich Picture Gallery which is only 10-15 minutes walk away. The Horniman has a good collection of stuffed...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

If you come here allow time to walk around the grounds which are a mix of formal planting and open parkland with lovely views towards the City of London. There is a playground plus a Butterfly House (you need to pay for this). On the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 2 January 2019

I only visited this museum because my partner wanted a walk down memory lane. (He used to go their regularly with his father 60+ years ago). It was a total delight, very interesting with a wide collection of artefacts and an absolute delight for children...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TravelFromBrighton
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

Lots to see and some very interesting artefacts. The world section was amazing. The natural history section was interesting but organised seemingly at random and most of the sample bottles were nearly empty of formaldehyde, leaving the samples to deteriorate. The gardens have a lovely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank johnandlizb
HornimanMuseum, Owner at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

Hello johnandlizb, thank you for your lovely comments on the World Gallery. With our new galleries now open, we have more capacity again to look at other parts of the museum. The Natural History Gallery is next on the list. Thanks so much for your...More

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Paula A
24 September 2018|
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Response from 389remys | Reviewed this property |
I highly suggest that you buy the tickets online as it will save you time and avoid you queuing as well. But yes, you can buy the tickets on site.
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Sam_MM
22 July 2018|
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Response from HornimanMuseum | Property representative |
Hi Sam, Plonk! Mini Golf and Bach to Baby are not covered by the annual membership. Plonk! is part of an external partnership and Bach to Baby is part of a fundraising project for the new World Gallery.
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littlerainbow
7 November 2016|
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Response from HornimanMuseum | Property representative |
Hi Littlerainbow The Horniman Museum and Gardens are free in the main, but there is a fee for entry to the Aquarium (Child £2.20; Adult: £4.40; Family - 2 adults & 2 children £9.90) and some events. I hope this helps, but... More
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