Having a younger visitor from overseas gave us the opportunity to visit the Horniman Museum and Gardens for the first time in probably two decades. My memory of the previous visit was that it was interesting, but felt very much in need of TLC. This has clearly been received and the management and staff should be commended for their attention to detail and visitors. We saw a wonderful special exhibition on the Amazon and took a walk around the aquarium. Both of these are smaller than at one of the larger museums but still massively informative and intinate enough for children to get a real hands-on feel. I don't think I saw one grumpy or bored child. Although slightly more demanding of subject understanding the musical instruments display offered some real opportunities for younger guests. Finally, we decided to lunch on the premises and although the main dining area is busy there is an annexe in one of the old glass-houses. The food was just right and made and served with great care and attention by an all-round excellent catering team. On leaving, we had the opportunity to see some of the outside activitities but also had a fabulous view over London - that alone would justify a visit! Do go! Most is free entry, the Amazon exhibition and aquarium had a modest price but well worth the expenditure - The Amazon exhibition is temporary but for most of 2013.
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