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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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Brilliant day out- outstanding staff

This was my first visit to Horniman and I brought an annual membership on the same day. It was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sam_MM
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London
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Great free day out

Lovely grounds, brand new exhibits. Butterfly house has some stunning butterflies. Very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ann M
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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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  • Average10%
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  • Terrible1%
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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was my first visit to Horniman and I brought an annual membership on the same day. It was clear we were into a winner for my 6 and 4yr old. The staff couldn't be more helpful, special thanks to Ann for helping my Mum...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely grounds, brand new exhibits. Butterfly house has some stunning butterflies. Very knowledgeable staff. A must see

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

Thank you Ann, it's nice to hear you enjoyed your time with us.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see the new World Gallery. Somebody had decided that you can't have a gallery without recorded noise constantly being played. This was so distracting that it was impossible to read about or study the exhibits. The old Natural HIstory Gallery, which luckily has...More

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

Thank you for getting in touch with us and we're sorry to hear you did not enjoy the new World Gallery. We have incorporated a number of interactives into the new gallery in order to allow visitors of all ages to engage with the cultures...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed our day here. There are lots of things to see and do for all ages. There is a variety of galleries and exhibitions and an aquarium and a butterfly house. Free admission but you pay to visit a few exhibits including aquarium and butterfly...More

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

Great to hear you had a nice time out with us Danny, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic, park with great picnic spots and musical play area, great little farm section, amazing butterfly house, once inside the aquarium is fantastic, exhibits with lots of things to touch and space for my baby to crawl after my toddler, great lifts to take us...More

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

Thank you for your lovely review Annabelle. We're delighted to hear we can provide you with a space to keep your children entertained and engaged. We hope we'll be seeing you all for many more years.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely day. Cafe good. Animal park and butterfly’s good. Could have done with more children’s play area. But crazy golf well over priced £6 audult. £4 child. Our grandaughter is two. We paid but for 9 holes that were not very well set...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not all London museums are located in Central London; some of the best ones are situated in the suburbs. Here is a classic example at Forest Hill, about 6 miles out of town. Local and natural history plus the beautiful gardens to stroll through.

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Day spent there with my grandson. Very child/family friendly with exhibits for all tastes. There is a charde to go to the Butterfly House and Aquarium but they are well worth it. The cafe is clean and airy and provides a good range of snacks...More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the review Dee, it's wonderful to hear that both you and your grandson enjoyed your time with us. We hope we'll be seeing you both again plenty more times.

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Reviewed 6 June 2018

Had I known that the museum was so easy to get to (I'm in east London) I would have visited w-a-a-a-a-y before. This great place has been named as one of the coolest top ten museums in the world by the New York Times, and...More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Another fan, fantastic. We're so glad you enjoyed your trip Elaine, and thanks so much for taking the time to write up this review. You really took it all in. You absolutely have to return to visit our World Gallery when it opens alter this...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

We visited last weekend with our 2 kids aged 5 and 2. What a great day out and has something to suit everyone. Whether it be a walk around the beautiful gardens, or a visit to the museums within. My kids loved the farm (free...More

Thank Dawn G
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Thank you so much for the review Dawn, it's wonderful to hear you all enjoyed your visit. We hope you and your family will be returning for many years.

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Sam_MM
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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
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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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