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Horniman Museum and Gardens

100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
+44 20 8699 1872
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A hidden discovery

Tucked away in South London is this gem of discovery. The Robot Zoo the current exhibition was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
44elmcroft
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Essex
Interesting museum with nice little aquarium and garden

liked the place, the walrus looks very funny. very interesting and informative museum, there i read... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
OzymandiaA
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Kiev, Ukraine
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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 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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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+44 20 8699 1872
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Tucked away in South London is this gem of discovery. The Robot Zoo the current exhibition was amazing and informative and the permanent galleries were also unexpected and very educational I could have spent much longer in both the most incredible music gallery with it's...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

liked the place, the walrus looks very funny. very interesting and informative museum, there i read lots of facts about history and evolution. Enjoyed my time, the entry is free, but to see aquarium you must buy a ticket. it is small, but very cute,...More

Thank OzymandiaA
Reviewed 1 week ago

i really enjoyed my visit, ,looking at the various stuffed animals, the aquarium was good also, it would of been better if all the exhibits were open, also i asked when i went in if there were any spiders at all, i was told there...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the museum as staying very locally and looking for things to do. Museum entry is free but with a suggested donation (think it was £5). The museum consists of 2 floors, and a downstairs space for paid-for exhibitions. We did not go to these....More

Thank firework_223
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The horniman is a fabulous local museum, great for kids, fabulous gardens and aquarium. The robot exhibition is great for all ages....

Thank Kate C
HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely words Kate :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gem of a find within South London at a very reasonable price. My son loved the exhibits, especially the Aquarium. Add to that the Zoo area and the ample paths within the Gardens for a scooter mad youngster to wizz up and down. Definitely worthy...More

Thank Gary R
HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review Gary!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely little museum and a very pleasant lates offering too. The gardens offer brilliant views of London and are a must for a sunny afternoon south of the river

Thank Ian P
HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Ian!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a nice few hours here with my 11, 10 and 5 year olds. A range of activities available, some a little tired. The grounds and gardens were a highlight, but sadly the weather was not. Natural history got the vote above the aquarium (£11...More

Thank Garethpmarsh
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Took my granddaughter here for the first time,she loved it especially the interactive items such as the music room,Robot Models,outdoor music chimes etc,she was fascinated by the shell collections,bird and fish collections,loved the insects room where she could draw and look at insects through a...More

Thank Karen J
HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review Karen - we look forward to welcoming you back!

Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

We became members of the museum after our second visit, as we thought we would visit often as we live near. We like the musical instruments room, the grounds and changing exhibitions. It is educational for primary school children. On a sunny day is nice...More

Thank littleexplorer2017
HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review - we're glad you enjoy the Horniman!

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littlerainbow
is the horniman museum open all year round and is entrance free?
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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zs24711
Does the hornimans have a farm there? I noticed in some pictures there were farm animals? Thanks
23 August 2016|
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Response from Emma C | Reviewed this property |
It has an animal walk which has a selection of animals such as Alpacas, goats, rabbits, sheep and Guinea pigs. It's free.
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Sarahbr114
I wish to drive can anyone tell me the best place to park?
1 September 2015|
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Response from ems2020 | Reviewed this property |
There is parking on the surrounding roads (either side, behind and opposite). I have always found a space, but it can take a while- it's usually busy.
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