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“For a non-museum goer - I quite enjoyed it!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum and Gardens
Ranked #157 of 1,570 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
South East London
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“For a non-museum goer - I quite enjoyed it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

It was a rainy day and didn't know what to do with my day. I then remembered about the Horniman's Museum. I took my other half there and we wasn't disappointed. There were some lovely exhibitions that were free and the paid ones were not expensive at all. (I got in free due to working at another Museum). We especially enjoyed the Aquarium (My other half works at an Aquarium so we obviously had to visit) and while we were there she educated some children about the different kinds of fish and some interesting facts that were enjoyed by their parents as well. We might have come at the wrong time, but there didn't seem to be anyone in there. Let alone anyone that could you could ask questions to.

Although I work in one, I don't tend to go to Museums much but this one I would certainly recommend for anyone visiting the area.

Visited April 2013
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Ankara, Turkey
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“A great museum for people with children”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

It's located in south London and it's easy to access with train from central London. This is a museum for people with children. There are lots of interesting educational activities for children. Also there's a lovely aquarium and a big garden. This museum is a good example of "children education in museums"

Visited July 2013
Thank LevniB
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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Ideal if you've got children”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

The gardens are gorgeous and varied - formal flower gardens, lawns for games, tree walks, vegetable plots etc. and they are free. Perfect for a picnic. There are a LOT of families though so it won't be as peaceful as you might have hoped.

The museum has an aquarium. It is all very pleasant and v. cheap (£3 adult entry for the aquarium) and the exhibits are interesting, but it is still very family focussed and I would be great if you had kids with you, but is mildly annoying if you don't.

There is also a great gift shop and a lovely café.

Visited August 2013
Thank Joy C
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Hello Joy,
Glad to hear you enjoyed the Museum and Gardens.
You are right in saying that the museum is very popular with local families, meaning we can get quite full of younger visitors, particularly during school holidays. Weekdays during term time are usually quieter, particularly later in the afternoon.
If you're looking for the more peaceful spots in the museum, African Worlds and the Centenary Gallery are usually a good bet.
We also have regular events designed for adult visitors, including our Over-18s Lates. The next one coming is coming up in September, and we'd certainly recommend that if you're looking for a more grown-up experience.
Hope you can make it back soon!
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“One stop shop!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

Went here today with my husband, five year old and Aunty. It was a really good day out with something for everyone. The aquarium, whilst small, is cost effective and interesting. The gift shop has something to suit all budgets.

There's a music room with a vast amount of instruments, together with a room where you can have a go at some of the more unusual instruments. Outside is another music play area, an animal area, (closes at 4pm) and a bandstand where a Latin jazz group where playing. The view from there was quite stunning.

The gardens are beautiful and the place had a relaxed vibe about it. Overall I'd recommend it for all ages as an informative am inexpensive day out.

Visited August 2013
Thank Candycanuck
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“perfect place to take small children to”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

wonderful settings on a lovely summer's day, there is a small; farm animal zoo within the garden that small children seem to enjoy very much. for the adult the museum is also interesting with a multitude of varied objects and artefacts to keep interested

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Claire C
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