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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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Ranked #235 of 853 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Gardens, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Horniman Museum and Gardens is an inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free attraction in...
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Type: History Museums, Gardens, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I live round the corner so I visit this museum regularly with my daughter. A few insights from a regular: Excellent food in the cafe and there is additional seating in the large glass conservatory and outside in the summer. The clock (upstairs to the rear of the natural history gallery) does clever things at 4pm every day! There is... More 

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North Yorkshire, England
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4 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

What a disappointment. While there is something rather nostalgic about this place, the charm of that soon wears off. It's small, the natural history room a jumble of antiquated exhibits and with signage oddly outdated referring for example to Malaya and Siam. It looks as if it's been left unchanged for a few decades. The walrus, referred to in some... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

i highly recommend the Horniman museum it is really a great day out. there is plenty to see and do for all ages. the food in the cafe is nice and not too expensive.some of the amazing attractions are the walrus in the natural history gallery and who can forget the magical aquarium. there is a very small fee for... More 

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London
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4 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

This little museum is free with a little aquarium( small entrance fee) is a great size for kids. There's a music exploration room, and little cafe. Outside lovely gardens with views and little outdoor music area where kids can play. Lovely place for toddlers.

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Barcelona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Smaller that Natural History museum, has a good collection of dissected animals (look for the great Seal), a little aquarium, some anthropology rooms, an unbeatable musical instruments collection with some playable instruments.,... We also visited a especial exibition about Amazon, very instructive. We suppose that gardens are nice, but weather (0ºC) not invited so much. Cafeteria is a good place... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

The winter has dragged on and in desperation as to what to do on a rainy day we discovered the Horniman. In two hours we visited an Aquarium, an Amazon experience and a miniature Natural Histrory Museum. It was too cold for the gardens but they look great too. I would really recommend a visit - the museum is clean,... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I sometimes get irritated by museums trying so hard to make things interative but fail to show any real artifacts. The Horniman museum is all about artifacts on show and most of the labels are typewriter written, which is really lovely and completely charming. We went on a saturday when there were a LOT of screaming children, but there was... More 

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Dun-le-Palestel, France
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15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We visited on a Friday morning and the place was full of school children - not a problem as they were well supervised. It is a delight to see the enjoyment of the kids as they learned. The Natural History section is informative and crammed full of exhibits. The cafe was very busy and contained more child-buggys than I've ever... More 

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London
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58 reviews 58 reviews
3 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We live relatively locally and go to the Horniman regularly. Our 2 year old loves all the animals, the aquarium and the music room. The cafe is not bad although a little pricey what for you get! The grounds are great in the summer and we are looking forward to visiting the farm when it is open!

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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This is a brilliant museum, small enough for a good afternoon out with smaller children without them getting bored, it has a very nice tea room and is set in the Museum gardens so little ones can burn off some energy

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