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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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A GOOD 1/2 DAY OUT

Great place to take children with enquiring minds. Museum is FREE but you pay for exhibitions... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
alexcfcirvine
Great place to take the family

This place has something for the family. There are free areas like the park, play area, small farm... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Darren C
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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 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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+44 20 8699 1872
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place to take children with enquiring minds. Museum is FREE but you pay for exhibitions. Butterfly House is very good and is time slotted. Museum is well organised in sections of either animal groups or animal functions (diggers/ protective shells/ misdirection/ etc.). Ground floor...More

Thank alexcfcirvine
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has something for the family. There are free areas like the park, play area, small farm, museum. And there are some paying sections like aquarium and when I was there the animal robots. But my kids and my friend kind loved it. As...More

Thank Darren C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We found our way to the disabled parking through the back streets. The parking was at the top behind the museum. Using my crutches I managed the slope just. The first visit was to the aquarium cost 4.40 for me no charge for my carer....More

Thank SMB169
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just love the museum especially for its fossil collection. The gardens are stunning with amazing views over London and on a Saturday morning there is the farmers market.

Thank sylvie28031956
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the fab review!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Horniman Museum as a Birthday treat for Granny, Sons, Grandaughter & friend ranging from 8 to 69 went for the day. The weather was kind and we started in the gardens which were well landscaped and had amazing views of the London...More

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

Thank you for this lovely review, we're so glad to hear the whole family had fun! We're also looking forward to seeing you again soon. Be sure to return when the World Gallery is open in 2018.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A magnet for mothers with small children and for primary school teachers looking for a day out with their pupils. I visited on a Monday and it certainly wasn’t a quiet experience. For instance several groups of school kids were trying out the musical instruments,...More

Thank Colin E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's quite far from where I live there wasn't any station near by but the place was really nice specially the gardens perfect for family day out they also have nice cafe and clean toilets.

Thank Lisa R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took our 8 year old grand daughter and she loved it ! Had paid to see Aquarium which was well worth it, we went round it twice as she found it so fascinating. Then visited the Musical room which was great fun and there is...More

Thank Rosemary64
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the great review Rosemary, we're so glad to hear your granddaughter enjoyed her visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the Butterfly house at the Horniman Museum which was a wonderful and magical experience. How I would have been thrilled by it as a child. The adult me was equally entranced. Helpful staff on hand to give some extra background information. Our friends also...More

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

Thanks for this lovely review, we're so glad you had such a magical visit.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really interesting museum, with an old fasioned natural history gallery, that actually is quite well done and informative, even if most of the exhibits aren't in that good condition. The music room is fantastic, more instrument than I could imagine. Not always...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
22 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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