Horniman Museum and Gardens

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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum and Gardens
4.5
Natural History Museums • Art Museums
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Amy C
London, UK320 contributions
Ok park
Apr 2020 • Friends
Great place to dwell and good museum and cafe and shop to browse in a cold day and not that expensive
Written February 8, 2021
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Thank you Amy C.
Written March 23, 2021
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Borisandhis60kids
London, UK7 contributions
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
Jun 2020 • Family
This is a museum that just keeps on giving.

Me and my family have been to this museum many times over the years and it still surprises me how family friendly and interesting it is. One of the things that I really enjoyed was the animal bone exhibit where we saw the famed walrus as well as evolution of wolves into our beloved house hold pet, the dog. Children really enjoy the interactive part of the museum where they can stroke the pelts of animals and hear the many sound of birds by spinning a wheel.

I highly recommend this museum to anyone with a family or is just interested in the history of the world.
Written December 20, 2020
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Thank you, we are glad to see you have kept visiting over the years and that you enjoy the Natural History Gallery. We hope we can welcome our visitors back to the Museum soon.
Written January 4, 2021
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ヒロビロ大壺
Kintamani, Indonesia208 contributions
PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND JOURNEY!!!!!
Dec 2020
What a terrible place! Because of COVID-19, we booked our tickets for the time slot in the morning, but as soon as we arrived, it was a bad news.

We couldn't believe what we saw at the entrance - millions of prams! Inside of the museum, there's a lot of babies and kids shouting and screaming and running like a hell with their parents who didn't keep social distancing at all, and moreover, the staff of the museum didn't do anything for that but just were busy having a chat with their colleagues.

We were so looking forward to seeing the displays, we, however, just couldn't stand those kids' SCREECHY screaming so that we decided to leave the museum without seeing anything just a couple of minutes after we arrived.

I understand that everybody has a different opinion, but I must tell you that museums should be quiet and peaceful, but should not be nurseries. This place was definitely the WORST museum I've ever visited in London area. (I don't even want to call this place "Museum").

I so regret visiting this place - PLEASE GIVE ME MY PRECIOUS TIME BACK!
Written December 14, 2020
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We are sorry that you did not enjoy your visit on this occasion but are grateful for your feedback which we will share with the relevant staff
Written December 18, 2020
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Pete T
1 contribution
More of a creche than a museum
Dec 2020
I had hoped that with Covid-19 restritctions the museum would be fairly quiet, especially as only a few tickets had been booked in our time slot and the one before. I was wrong: as soon as we entered the premises we were deafened by the squeals and screams of pre-schoolers running in all directions, leaving saliva and finger marks on the display cases. Staff and parents seemed to think that this was perfectly acceptable behaviour in a museum, and made no attempt to control the children.
The noise levels were so bad we left within 2 minutes of arriving and will not be coming back.
Written December 14, 2020
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kay
Kent, UK212 contributions
a wonderful, FREE museum!
Oct 2020
i've been intrigued by this museum for a while due to the massive walrus i saw circulating around social media and i'm glad i got the chance to visit pre-second lockdown. very interesting displays, the taxidermy room was admittedly my favourite! my niece and nephew who are both under 5 absolutely loved it too - but it's not just a museum! the gardens are lovely with a good play area for little ones, a gardens with a greenhouse and a little alpaca walkway with a cafe! definitely a great day trip and would recommend for people of all ages!
Written November 17, 2020
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We are glad you got to visit us pre-second lockdown and thank you for your wonderful review.
Written November 18, 2020
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KBtraveller36
London, UK207 contributions
Lovely visit but Covid measures restrictive
Oct 2020 • Family
I’ve always enjoyed visiting the Horniman Museum and was really pleased when it reopened after lockdown. This was my first trip there with my little one since it reopened. The museum is still lovely and the dinosaur exhibition they had on at the moment is great for kids, especially the animatronic dinosaurs! The grounds are lovely and the cafe served yummy food.

My reason for 4 stars and not 5 unfortunately concern the Covid measures in place and the impact they have on the overall experience. Please don’t get me wrong, I 100% understand that it is incredibly difficult to put the required things in place in order to reopen and not lose a bit of the original ambience.
My overall feeling though was that the staff were quite stressed. On previous visits I’ve always noted how lovely and friendly the staff are, particularly as there are often so many pre-school kids running around the place! With the new restrictions in place it became obvious quite quickly that the mixture of little (unpredictable) kids and stringent Covid measures was a recipe for stressed staff. They often seemed flustered and frustrated with kids not following the rules or running the wrong way etc. It is of course the responsibility of parents to control their kids but it’s also impossible to expect children under 5 to always understand and adhere to so many new restrictions. Also the decision to close the cafe toilets is very frustrating as of course when my little one inevitably needed the loo as soon as we sat down for lunch we had to traipse up the hill to the garden toilets! I really couldn’t see any logical reason why they’d close the cafe toilets as it very much made lunch a bit of a palaver!
Written October 20, 2020
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We are so glad you enjoyed the Museum and Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs. The toilets by the café have been closed because of social distancing measures – unfortunately, the lobby space where you access the toilets is quite restricted. However, we are very grateful for all your feedback which we will make sure to share with the relevant staff.
Written November 12, 2020
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RA - 20/4/19
Rome, Italy32 contributions
A trip not to be missed.
Sep 2020
Saturday 19 September 2020 - what a wonderful experience we had. It proved to be a very good day out overall. The museum is surrounded by well-maintained gardens/parks with spectacular views of the key sky-line buildings. The Permian monsters exhibition was amazing. Overall so much history and information easy to read.
Written September 24, 2020
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Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed are city views and Permian Monsters.
Written November 10, 2020
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Dawnraider55
Leeds, UK35 contributions
Great adventure for a dinosaur loving toddler.
Sep 2020
Having promised a Natural History Museum visit to our dinosaur mad toddler grandchild we were gutted to find it is not open on Monday & Tuesday. The Horniman saved our bacon when we found out that they have an exhibition of Permian Monsters ( he'll never spot the difference) which runs until January 2021. We booked two days in advance and could choose any of the time slots. Actually the Horniman was much better than the NHM for our 2 year old: smaller, not at all busy, smaller but with more than enough keep him interested for a two hour tour. And the dinosaurs were a great hit.
Written September 24, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We are glad Permian Monsters kept the children entertained.
Written November 10, 2020
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hilary d
London, UK385 contributions
horniman museum 8.9.20
Sep 2020
I booked a visit to this museum on monday 7th september and was able to get a slot on tuesday 8 th september.Although its a long way from me(live in north london),its worth the journey!my favourite section are the musical instruments!the gardens are lovely,brought a packed lunch.
Written September 13, 2020
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We're glad your trip was worth it and you enjoyed the Museum and Gardens. Thank you for the recommendation, Hilary.
Written September 21, 2020
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maizedaisy
Ambleside, UK751 contributions
A must visit when in London
Sep 2020 • Couples
A trip to London wouldn’t be the same without a visit here. We have been in to the museum many times before (make sure you book online now before visiting. It’s free) This time we went to look at the gardens, view and to enjoy an ice cream. It was a beautiful day and the view of the London skyline as you look down on it is amazing. Gardens lovely as ever. Look for the archway made of growing gourds and the pumpkin patch. A refreshing place to visit away from city life.
Written September 6, 2020
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Thank you for the recommendation. It's wonderful to see that you enjoy our Gardens.
Written September 21, 2020
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