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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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Interesting visit but not a lot there

Nice Sunday visit with some very interesting things to see. Beautiful building and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
GeorgeRead
via mobile
Something for all ages; gardens, animals, children's activities, artifacts, special exhibitions

Whether you want to spend an hour or the whole day there with the children there is plenty to do... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hazel S
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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 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 am - 5:30 pm
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice Sunday visit with some very interesting things to see. Beautiful building and gardens. However, there were lots of children and also the museum isn’t the biggest. It is free though, so good value for money!

Thank GeorgeRead
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether you want to spend an hour or the whole day there with the children there is plenty to do, especially during the holidays. Most of it is free but to visit the special exhibitions there are fees. In the free parts there are musical...More

Thank Hazel S
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for such a comprehensive review, Hazel, it's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just came back from a visit to the Hornimans Museum. It is a really lovely place to visit. There is a lot to see. Some of the galleries are closed at the moment as the displays are being changed or refurbished. The natural history museum...More

Thank Jackie D
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review Jackie, do come back when the World Gallery opens in 2018 to make up for those galleries you had to miss out on.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My 6 year old son & I had a fab afternoon at the museum. We bought tickets to see the Robot Zoo, Aquarium & butterfly gardens which was well worth it. The remainder of the museum is also great with an amazing collection of taxidermy...More

Thank Emma N
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Emma, be sure to come back soon. We can't wait to show you the new World Gallery.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited this Museum many times over the past few years with my ‘London daughter and her two daughters ‘. And it has so much to offer; a terrific shop, a fascinating aquarium, exhibits of exotic animals, a large room with musical instruments, and...More

Thank David B T
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi David, thank you for this great review. We're so glad to hear you had such a lovely day out.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful representation of animal internal and external bodies, even the music gallery has a good collection of past and present instruments. Unfortunately the robot zoo and the centenary gallery were closed. Very easy to reach by overground or bus, completely free a part of the...More

Thank Summ3rT1m3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe the area needs a 'modern museum'? I say this because Hornimans has lost it's charm completely. I used to visit this museum over 30yrs ago as a child and some things have not changed like the area with the stuffed animals which represent good...More

Thank George L L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very disappointed - we went to the animal robot exhibition which was very expensive for what it was. It was sold as robotic animals showing you how animals moved - but it didn't. The animals moved a bit but not in any useful...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here on recommendation, and quite enjoyed the museum, but it was crowded with little children, who made an enormous amount of sounds... The Robot and aquarium were not interesting enough for our teenaged kids..🤖

Thank Martin D
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Great place to take children with enquiring minds. Museum is FREE but you pay for exhibitions. Butterfly House is very good and is time slotted. Museum is well organised in sections of either animal groups or animal functions (diggers/ protective shells/ misdirection/ etc.). Ground floor...More

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

Thank you Alex, we're very grateful you took the time out for this review. We're so glad you're such a fan too!

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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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zs24711
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
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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