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Horniman Museum and Gardens

#148 of 1,516 things to do in London
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Address: 100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
Phone Number: +44 20 8699 1872
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10:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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The Horniman Museum and Gardens is an inspiring, surprising,...

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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Amazing South London find

This is a fabulous museum. We picked up delicious lunches to eat in the gardens where we walked through the medicinal, dye, and food (scare in fall, but still there) sections. We... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fabulous museum. We picked up delicious lunches to eat in the gardens where we walked through the medicinal, dye, and food (scare in fall, but still there) sections. We took in the views of London and watched a school class play with the large outdoor musical instruments. We then spent about 90 minutes in the musical instruments... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's really lovely here, so worth a visit when in the area. It's very child and kid friendly, so expect it to be full of kids and parents. The grounds are lovely, such beautiful gardens and areas with sundials, mini animal farm, wonderful views and some lovely walks. There is a nice cafe on site, which is always busy and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is FULL of stuffed animals. Any you can think of. Every type of bird, fish, mammal. You could literally spend hours in here. Plus, the view over London from the gardens is astounding. A must-see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went there on a school trip with my daughter and it was a lovely place. It has a good selection of stuffed animals and fossils. The garden is really nice and overlooking the shard, gherkin and all the tall building from a distance. It is smaller compared to most of the museums in London but it still worth seeing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stuff animals ... And has a aquarium that all kids will love... Very fun day out .... My son loves it been twice ... And I highly recommend it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not the most well known of London's museums but one of the best for kids. The Horniman has an interesting blend of different exhibitions natural history, musical instruments, African history and loads more. It's also got an aquarium and a small 'farm' on site. The best part is the massive emphasis on 'hands on' exploration of exhibits, dressing up etc... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've now been to the Horniman Museum twice with our young children, 1 and 3. The gardens are fantastic with picnic tables and plenty of grass space. There was also a farmers market on when we went (Sunday in August). There are a few things to do outside including a sound garden which both our children enjoyed. We didn't have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed our day at Horniman museum and gardens, it's compact yet enough variety to keep us occupied. Highly recommend for young kids! Cafe is kind of expensive though, and no other food options nearby.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having visited here in the 80s it has changed on the outside with 2 more buildings, plus a cafe and education centre and aquarium. Asks for a £3 donation, a good shop and 2 cafes, one with hot food and one outside for snacks . The walrus is still there, plus the natural history skeletons, taxidermy and hands on curators... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having lived in London in the early '90s and failed to visit Dulwich and its picture gallery during that time, I made a point to travel there on a Sunday during a recent business trip. Afterward, I walked over to the Horniman Gardens. I can't comment on the museum but, on this sunny October afternoon, the gardens were filled with... More 

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