Horniman Museum

We are the Horniman Museum and Gardens, an inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free attraction in South London’s Forest Hill.

We’ve been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, our 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 our collection up-close and face-to-face. You can even pick up, try on and play with some of our objects.
Our visitors come time and again to explore our free museum, take part in our activities and enjoy our 16-acre gardens. And they discover something fascinating and mesmerising every time.


Upcoming Events

Hands on Base: Horniman Explores (Easter Holidays)

Discover the collections that make the Horniman special in our Hands and Base gallery. Touch, see, smell and hear real things from African masks to shark jaws and pueblo drums. Take part in a series of challenges that could have you trying on clothes, playing music, drawing and exploring objects related to our holiday theme.

  • Friday 6, Monday 9 and Friday 13 April 2018
  • 11am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 3.30pm
  • Location: Hands on Base
  • Price: Free, drop in
  • Suitable for all age


Dawn Chorus Walk

Experience the many bird songs that make up the dawn chorus on an early morning tour of the Horniman Gardens for International Dawn Chorus Day. Ornithologist David Darrell-Lambert will lead you around the Horniman Gardens to listen to and indentify the many birds in the Gardens.

  • Saturday, 5 May 2018
  • 5am - 7am
  • Location: Horniman Gardens
  • Price: Adult £8 and Child £5
  • Suitable for ages 10+


The Horniman museum runs several free activities over the half term. Please visit the Horniman website to see the selection of events.