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Horniman Museum and Gardens

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100 London Road Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ England
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KBtraveller36 wrote a review Oct 20
London, United Kingdom204 contributions109 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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RA - 20/4/19 wrote a review Sep 2020
Rome, Italy32 contributions4 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Dawnraider55 wrote a review Sep 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom35 contributions14 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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hilary d wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom338 contributions143 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from HornimanMuseum, Owner at Horniman Museum and Gardens
Responded 4 weeks ago
We're glad your trip was worth it and you enjoyed the Museum and Gardens. Thank you for the recommendation, Hilary.
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maizedaisy wrote a review Sep 2020
Ambleside, United Kingdom743 contributions124 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from HornimanMuseum, Owner at Horniman Museum and Gardens
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Thank you for the recommendation. It's wonderful to see that you enjoy our Gardens.
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