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Horniman Museum and Gardens

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Closed Now: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Great education!

Visited here for the first and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There is so much to see and read... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
BoothyBoy67
A Truly delightful place to visit

We went as a family with my wife grand daughter and son I was extremely pleased at the layout of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Kingston upon Thames, 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...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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
Thank oriel25
Reviewed 1 week ago

The walrus is cracking and hilarious. I'm so glad they didn't correct it. A magical mystery tour round people and animals. Eclectic, well displayed and fun.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jane S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first visit to a great museum with a variety of exhibits to interest everyone with extras for young children. We occupied ourselves inside on a wet winters morning, with a break for coffee and lunch in the cafe, and outside in the gardens in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank joannie448
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review jonnie448

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I decided to visit on a day off in the week. I was really looking forward to this. I went to look at the taxidermy section but it was ruined as there were a large amount of school children screaming and running about and generally...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Emmab22
HornimanMuseum, Owner at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Emma, Sorry to hear your experience wasn't what you expected. It can often get busy during school hours, we would recommend visiting during our quieter times which is after 2.30pm during weekdays. Would you be happy for us to contact you directly in relation...More

Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

I visited on a blustery autumn day with frequent showers so did not spend much time in the gardens but what I sore of them they appeared well maintained and I was delighted to discover this year a small butterfly house which I greatly enjoyed....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank HampshireBirdman
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

We visited the Horniman Museum and gardens where there is something for everyone. Whether it’s a visit to the butterfly house and animals, the aquarium, the music garden,the anthropological exhibits or the fossil room and music exhibits (my 11 year old) There is something to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Crystal H
Reviewed 24 October 2018

If you are travelling to London, it really is worth a detour from the usual sites. The nearest station is Forest Hill and then a short walk up the hill. The Gardens are my favourite bit, fantastic views, beautiful gardens and they even have their...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Thanks Craicup for your lovely review!

Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

We visited with friends and our 2yo. We all had a wonderful day. Butterfly house and aquarium are lovely and big enough to keep my son entertained without needing the push chair and gave him the freedom to explore. The natural history exhibits started off...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank CharlieC1651
HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Thank you so much - it sounds like you had a good day!

Reviewed 8 October 2018

I've long wanted to visit the Horniman, and finally managed it! It was good in parts and disappointing in others. The Good. Free admission. An astonishing array of musical instruments. Really fascinating. Natural History gallery was a wonderful collection, with interesting displays of evolution and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Thank you very much for this detailed review. Great to know about what you enjoyed, and also where you think we could do better. We are working on a number of the issues you point out, including lighting in the Music Gallery, quieter visit experiences...More

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Paula A
24 September 2018|
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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.
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Sam_MM
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.
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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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