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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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2 year old had fun, great museum!

Lovely grounds to wander round, my toddler loved everything. Especially the aquarium which is small... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
Not that impressive

Took my granddaughter for an impulsive visit as we were passing Although it says it free entry... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
+44 20 8699 1872
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely grounds to wander round, my toddler loved everything. Especially the aquarium which is small and a bit overpriced but he seemed to like it. He enjoyed the main, free, part of the museum as well as the musical instruments out in the gardens. The...More

Thank DSkipper
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Took my granddaughter for an impulsive visit as we were passing Although it says it free entry, Entry to some displays are not £11 to see a some oversized dated robot models which didn't even impress my seven year old companion,

Thank petethepipe
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a fantastic place. Full of interesting things for children of all ages. My grandaughter loved the Robot Zoo and Butterfly House. Very reasonably priced - we got the annual family ticket as intend to go back again.

Thank Siddy
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited the gardens with our 2 yr old granddaughter whilst we were visiting my daughter who lives close by. My first impression was how clean and well kept the gardens were. We loved walking round all the different gardens, our granddaughter was fascinated with...More

Thank Smurph67
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wife and I visited on a sunny day with son, daughter in law and 1 year old granddaughter-arrived via Uber. Great new butterfly house where the beautiful insects land on you. Old fashioned natural history museum full of stuffed birds with pride of place to...More

Thank peregrin2012
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a very enjoyable couple of hours today at the Horniman Museum,Forest Hill, London. What a great institution it is: great location with amazing views over London, fantastic Arts & Craft building, interesting, well thought-out gardens -both formal and wild -a very cute little...More

1  Thank Graeme K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love everything about Hornimans museum & gardens. Having grown up in the area I have watched with great interest all of the many changes. Many happy memories from a young age to taking my own daughter to visit. The museum is a great mixture...More

Thank AEaton73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum itself is free as are the gardens and everywhere is very family friendly. However, when we visited during the summer holidays, we did notice a number of families coming out of the queue to buy tickets when they saw the price of entry...More

Thank OverTheRainbowLondon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was considering heading in to central London to go to the Natural History Museum. This was during school holiday, so I was braced for busy trains and a rammed museum. On searching the internet for details, the Horniman came up as it also has...More

1  Thank nemesisofpop
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very special place where you can spend the whole day with your children. Beautiful and informative gardens, nice animal walk, amazing butterfly house and the museum itself has lots of treasures and great exhibitions. The café is good too with very friendly...More

Thank Milatsou
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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
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.
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.