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Horniman Museum and Gardens

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Closed Now: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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The Horniman Museum has everything from natural history taxidermy to cultural exploration of human... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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Interesting small museum

Well worth a visit if you are in the Dulwich area. Free admission for the main galleries. You could... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
+44 20 8699 1872
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 sit

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SurreyFletty
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 weeks ago

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
Thank Richard K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

sitting in south London, just five stgops from Canada Waters, this place is suprisingly quiet and crowdless. You can really enjoyits free galleries of the World cultures, animals and music as well as paid aquarium and butterfly garden, but the ticket price is so moderate...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank adamowicz
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the less visited but most charming museums in the British Isles. The Horniman Museum has a brilliant mixture of things. Not having been there since the 1970s, it was great to see how the Museum has been developed over the years. It's main...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Antomayo
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Visited here for the first and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There is so much to see and read and interact with - children will love it here! If the museum doesn’t interest you, then the gardens, animals and stunning views of the city landscape behind...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BoothyBoy67
Reviewed 11 December 2018

We went as a family with my wife grand daughter and son I was extremely pleased at the layout of the museum with the exhibits being very instructive as to how people live throughout the world Unfortunately we didnt have time to visit the animal...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Paula A
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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.
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.
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