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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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Not what it used to be like.

Regrettably I have to concur with those visitors who found the staff largely unhelpful and the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
francescoGreenwich
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Greenwich
Interesting visit but not a lot there

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
GeorgeRead
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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

Regrettably I have to concur with those visitors who found the staff largely unhelpful and the atmosphere of the museum almost riotous at times. Other museums seem able to cope with children so why not the Horniman? I used to live near the museum and...More

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

We’re very sorry to hear you were disappointed in your visit. The Horniman is indeed a popular destination – quieter times to visit are weekday afternoons during term time, or first thing on Sunday mornings. We hope that you will return in the future, especially...More

Reviewed 4 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
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review George - we’re glad you enjoyed our beautiful building and Gardens. We hope to welcome you back in 2018 when we will reopen two of our Galleries.

Reviewed 5 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 4 weeks 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 5 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 4 weeks 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 7 November 2017 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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 7 November 2017 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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 6 November 2017 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

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

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
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We’re sorry you did not enjoy your visit to the Horniman recently. Two of our galleries are currently being refurbished and will re-open in 2018- we hope you’ll come back and will find them to be a welcome new take on our anthropology collection.

Reviewed 29 October 2017

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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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We’re sorry you were disappointed in your visit to the Robot Zoo and that you had been given incorrect pricing information. We hope that you will consider to return and explore one of our new exhibitions in the future.

Reviewed 25 October 2017 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..🤖More

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

We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Horniman. We are indeed a very popular destination for visitors of all ages, and it can sometimes get busy – often it is quieter to visit later in the day during the week, or...More

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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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