Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum and Gardens An inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free Museum and Gardens in South London’s Forest Hill. The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future.
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Our mission is central to everything we do, whilst our values help shape our work and give the Horniman its unique character. Our mission is:

The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future for the world we all share.

Our mission is central to everything we do, whilst our values help shape our work and give the Horniman its unique character. Our mission is:

The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future for the world we all share.

Operating as usual

It's the last weekend to see From Birth Till Death: #ScrolledLife Stories, which closes on Sunday.We are thrilled that t...
12/06/2021

It's the last weekend to see From Birth Till Death: #ScrolledLife Stories, which closes on Sunday.

We are thrilled that the exhibition has been nominated as Exhibition of the Year (UK) at the Museum and Heritage Awards.

If you can't make it this weekend, have a tour with the Artist R.M. Sánchez-Camus and hear about his work with local organisations including St Christopher's Hospice, Arts Network, Three Cs and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Inclusion Team.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/from-birth-til-death-scrolled-life-stories/ #ArtIsEverywhereMW #MuseumWeek

Announcing 📣📣 696 Festival 📣📣A summer of music events, championing music genres, and the people working in them, that ha...
11/06/2021
696: Celebrating Black music in south London - Horniman Museum and Gardens

Announcing 📣📣 696 Festival 📣📣

A summer of music events, championing music genres, and the people working in them, that have been disproportionately affected by bias in legislation.

Skin Deep present Sonic Transmissions, four Wednesday evenings of conversation, live performance and collective listening, starting on 30 June.

Where does Black British music belong, and who gets to decide? Celebrating south London’s music scene, music curator Adem Holness highlights the relationship between Black British music and physical space in Dance Can't Nice, opening 23 July.

Join us on Saturday 31 July for the Jerk Cook Out - a family-friendly food and music festival featuring live music and top Caribbean and African chefs, happening across the Horniman’s Gardens.

On Sunday 1 August dive into the work of our 696 Resident Artists in an exclusive performance.

On 8 August, join us for a live radio experience, Soul Surge Live with Tony Supreme. An evening of arts and crafts, games and soulful sounds

On Thursdays in August, Balamii present their Summer Series. Featuring some of south London’s most exciting artists, enjoy incredible live music and spectacular views of London at these weekly gigs on the Horniman Bandstand.

Join us on 15 August for a special music event produced for the festival by the 696 Promoters.

On 29 August Church of sound presents Balimaya Project in the Sunken Gardens

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/series/696/

With thanks to all our sponsors and supporters Arts Council, Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, Youth Music, PRS Foundation and London Community Foundation

The Black British sounds of south London take centre stage at the Horniman Museum and Gardens this summer for its 696 festival

There is till time to book Friday's Nature Trail Welly Walks 🌳🐦🌿🐞We're offering free tickets on Friday 11 June to Nation...
10/06/2021
Recreatex - Register exhibition

There is till time to book Friday's Nature Trail Welly Walks 🌳🐦🌿🐞

We're offering free tickets on Friday 11 June to National Lottery Players (National Lottery Good Causes) to say #ThanksToYou for helping to fund our work.

Join us at 11am or 3.30pm, for this free hour long session. Just show your proof of purchase either as a hard copy ticket or digital (the date of purchase is not relevant).

Discover what insects, animals and plants thrive on the Horniman Nature Trail in summer. Have a go at sweep-netting, tree-beating and identifying what you find on this family-friendly walk.

Suitable for children aged 5+

https://webshop.horniman.ac.uk/Exhibitions/Register?refresh=y&id=E02438C3-78C4-EB11-8184-000C2937530A&shop=65d20a75-9e1e-4d90-92b5-a9d3f3744cf3

Calling all runners! 🏃‍♀️We’re delighted to be taking part in the London Landmarks Half Marathon this year. We have a li...
09/06/2021

Calling all runners! 🏃‍♀️

We’re delighted to be taking part in the London Landmarks Half Marathon this year.

We have a limited number of places available. So if you are a runner, looking for a challenge and want to celebrate your appreciation of the Horniman, get in touch to register your interest by 11 June.

Each runner should be able to fundraise £250.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/support-us/london-landmarks-half-marathon/

Calling all runners! 🏃‍♀️

We’re delighted to be taking part in the London Landmarks Half Marathon this year.

We have a limited number of places available. So if you are a runner, looking for a challenge and want to celebrate your appreciation of the Horniman, get in touch to register your interest by 11 June.

Each runner should be able to fundraise £250.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/support-us/london-landmarks-half-marathon/

Come and visit the Horniman Market, starting soon in the Gardens 😋🥦🍏🍞🥓🧀🌮🥕🍇As well as the tasty hot and cold food on offe...
06/06/2021
Horniman Market - Horniman Museum and Gardens

Come and visit the Horniman Market, starting soon in the Gardens 😋🥦🍏🍞🥓🧀🌮🥕🍇

As well as the tasty hot and cold food on offer, you can also find body care, clothing, jewellery, design and craft​ stalls - perfect for picking up gifts from local sellers.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/horniman-market/

The Horniman Market is open every Sunday to pick-up your weekly essentials direct from independent and local producers, located in our Gardens.

What better way to help look after the planet on #EnvironmentDay than to join the Environmental Champions Club 💚We will ...
05/06/2021

What better way to help look after the planet on #EnvironmentDay than to join the Environmental Champions Club 💚

We will suggest activities you can do from home, at the Horniman or in your local community, to help you to take action in your daily life.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/about-the-horniman/climate-and-ecology/environment-champions-club/

What better way to help look after the planet on #EnvironmentDay than to join the Environmental Champions Club 💚

We will suggest activities you can do from home, at the Horniman or in your local community, to help you to take action in your daily life.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/about-the-horniman/climate-and-ecology/environment-champions-club/

Missed the Nature Trail Welly Walks? We're offering free tickets on 11 June to National Lottery Players (National Lotter...
04/06/2021

Missed the Nature Trail Welly Walks? We're offering free tickets on 11 June to National Lottery Players (National Lottery Good Causes) to say #ThanksToYou for helping to fund our work.

Discover what insects, animals and plants thrive on the Horniman Nature Trail in summer. Have a go at sweep-netting, tree-beating and identifying what you find on this family-friendly walk.

Suitable for children aged 5+

https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/projects/national-lottery-open-week/view/free-welly-walks-on-the-horniman-nature-trail-11-june

Join us and Callum Anderson for Hear it Live! Digital, starting now over on YouTube, featuring the 1772 Kirckman harpsic...
03/06/2021
Hear it Live! Digital - Callum Anderson playing the 1772 Kirckman harpsichord

Join us and Callum Anderson for Hear it Live! Digital, starting now over on YouTube, featuring the 1772 Kirckman harpsichord in the Music Gallery.

Callum Anderson is a London-based Harpsichordist and Organist. He has just completed a Master’s Degree in Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music with a distinction, studying the harpsichord with Carole Ceresi and James Johnstone.

Callum has recently taken part in the ‘Bach the European’ concert series at the Royal Academy of Music and Ensemble la Notte’s upcoming CD recording ‘La Folia’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzIN777HBQ0

Listen to this performance by Callum Anderso playing pieces on the 1772 Kirckman harpsichord at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.Callum Anderson is a London-b...

Want to get crafty with the kids this half term?Explore our Make! activities and get sticking, cutting and colouring all...
03/06/2021

Want to get crafty with the kids this half term?

Explore our Make! activities and get sticking, cutting and colouring all sorts of exciting arty projects 🎨

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/plan-your-visit/around-the-horniman/make-arts-and-crafts-tutorials/

Want to get crafty with the kids this half term?

Explore our Make! activities and get sticking, cutting and colouring all sorts of exciting arty projects 🎨

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/plan-your-visit/around-the-horniman/make-arts-and-crafts-tutorials/

Did you know Annie Horniman rode a man's bike because it was easier to ride than a woman's bike? This earnt her a lot of...
02/06/2021

Did you know Annie Horniman rode a man's bike because it was easier to ride than a woman's bike?

This earnt her a lot of mockery and anger from men. She did it anyway.

#BikeWeek

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/the-thoroughly-modern-annie-horniman/

Did you know Annie Horniman rode a man's bike because it was easier to ride than a woman's bike?

This earnt her a lot of mockery and anger from men. She did it anyway.

#BikeWeek

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/the-thoroughly-modern-annie-horniman/

There’s only a month to go until the #WalrusTeaParty! Throw a Tea Party on Tuesday 29 June to celebrate the 120th annive...
29/05/2021

There’s only a month to go until the #WalrusTeaParty!

Throw a Tea Party on Tuesday 29 June to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Horniman and raise some much-needed funds.

Sign up now to receive your fundraising pack full of great ideas and fundraising materials.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/support-us/the-great-walrus-tea-party/

There’s only a month to go until the #WalrusTeaParty!

Throw a Tea Party on Tuesday 29 June to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Horniman and raise some much-needed funds.

Sign up now to receive your fundraising pack full of great ideas and fundraising materials.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/support-us/the-great-walrus-tea-party/

Visit the weekly Horniman Market, which is open with food stalls, including fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, cake...
28/05/2021
Horniman Market - Horniman Museum and Gardens

Visit the weekly Horniman Market, which is open with food stalls, including fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, cake, meat and street food.

Alongside food stalls, you’ll find body care, clothing, jewellery, design and craft​; most are locally produced, ethical and many use environmentally friendly materials, as well as natural and organic ingredients.

Have a look at our list of traders: https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/horniman-market/

The Horniman Market is open every Sunday to pick-up your weekly essentials direct from independent and local producers, located in our Gardens.

A new display has opened in the World Gallery: Nigeria60: 60 Years of Independence.https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/nige...
27/05/2021

A new display has opened in the World Gallery: Nigeria60: 60 Years of Independence.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/nigeria60/

The promise of an independent Nigeria relied on bringing together the Eastern, Western and Northern regions. Today, Nigeria has 36 states and one federal capital territory, over 350 spoken languages, and many distinct histories and cultures. These long pre-date the drawing of Nigeria's current borders in 1914 by the British colonial administration.

Independence coincided with Nigeria's confirmation as a global powerhouse of literature, theatre and poetry. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, was first published in 1958 and has been translated into over 50 languages worldwide. This legacy continues with a new generation of world-renowned writers, in Nigeria and the diaspora.

The display brings together 1960s Nigerian objects in the Horniman collections and objects/artwork from Designer & Artist Alafuro Sikoki-Coleman.

The display is free, but you must have a (free) ticket to enter the Museum.

The ancient Celts called the oak ‘king of the forest’ because of its strength and long life – some oaks have lived for 1...
24/05/2021

The ancient Celts called the oak ‘king of the forest’ because of its strength and long life – some oaks have lived for 1000 years.

Explore some of the magnificent trees in the Horniman Gardens with our tree folklore trail.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/plan-your-visit/around-the-horniman/tree-folklore-trail/

The ancient Celts called the oak ‘king of the forest’ because of its strength and long life – some oaks have lived for 1000 years.

Explore some of the magnificent trees in the Horniman Gardens with our tree folklore trail.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/plan-your-visit/around-the-horniman/tree-folklore-trail/

Teas can range from white, yellow, green, oolong, black and Puerh.Amazingly, all these teas come from this one Camellia ...
21/05/2021

Teas can range from white, yellow, green, oolong, black and Puerh.

Amazingly, all these teas come from this one Camellia plant. The leaves are processed in different ways and produce very distinct flavours 🍵

#InternationalTeaDay

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/tea-drinking-along-the-silk-road/

Teas can range from white, yellow, green, oolong, black and Puerh.

Amazingly, all these teas come from this one Camellia plant. The leaves are processed in different ways and produce very distinct flavours 🍵

#InternationalTeaDay

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/tea-drinking-along-the-silk-road/

Today is #WorldBeeDay!Did you know that nitrogen dioxide pollution masks the smell of flowers and can stop bees from fin...
20/05/2021

Today is #WorldBeeDay!

Did you know that nitrogen dioxide pollution masks the smell of flowers and can stop bees from finding food.

But Jasmine Pradissitto’s Flower Girl sculpture in the Bee Garden is made of a material that absorbs nitrogen dioxide pollution, making it easier for bees to find their way to food.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/horniman-bee-garden-wins-bees-needs-champions-award/

Today is #WorldBeeDay!

Did you know that nitrogen dioxide pollution masks the smell of flowers and can stop bees from finding food.

But Jasmine Pradissitto’s Flower Girl sculpture in the Bee Garden is made of a material that absorbs nitrogen dioxide pollution, making it easier for bees to find their way to food.

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/story/horniman-bee-garden-wins-bees-needs-champions-award/

Happy #InternationalMuseumsDay!We’re so glad to be welcoming back our wonderful visitors now that we’ve reopened. What’s...
18/05/2021

Happy #InternationalMuseumsDay!

We’re so glad to be welcoming back our wonderful visitors now that we’ve reopened.

What’s the first thing you’re going to do or see when you get to the Horniman?

#WhyIMissedMuseums

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/plan-your-visit/ticket-information/

Happy #InternationalMuseumsDay!

We’re so glad to be welcoming back our wonderful visitors now that we’ve reopened.

What’s the first thing you’re going to do or see when you get to the Horniman?

#WhyIMissedMuseums

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/plan-your-visit/ticket-information/

Book your tickets for Monkey Business, open now. 🐒Explore the fascinating world of primates in this immersive family fri...
17/05/2021

Book your tickets for Monkey Business, open now. 🐒

Explore the fascinating world of primates in this immersive family friendly exhibition.

From the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla, learn how primates have evolved and adapted over time in Monkey Business. Immerse yourself in the heart of the forest to discover how primates live, move, eat, play and interact.

Monkey Business is a National Museums Scotland exhibition, touring in association with Nomad Exhibitions.

Image: Chimpanzee © National Museums Scotland

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/monkey-business/

Book your tickets for Monkey Business, open now. 🐒

Explore the fascinating world of primates in this immersive family friendly exhibition.

From the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla, learn how primates have evolved and adapted over time in Monkey Business. Immerse yourself in the heart of the forest to discover how primates live, move, eat, play and interact.

Monkey Business is a National Museums Scotland exhibition, touring in association with Nomad Exhibitions.

Image: Chimpanzee © National Museums Scotland

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/event/monkey-business/

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100 London Road
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SE23 3PQ

Buses: 176, 185, 197, 356, P4 (Stop outside the Museum and Gardens) and 122, 363, P13 (Stop nearby) Train: To Forest Hill (trains from London Bridge, Victoria, Clapham Junction, New Cross Gate, East Cryodon, Sutton and Purley)

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The Horniman Story

Bring the world to Forest Hill

Frederick John Horniman, Victorian tea trader and philanthropist, began collecting objects, specimens and artefacts 'illustrating natural history and the arts and handicrafts of various peoples of the world' from around 1860. His overarching mission was to 'bring the world to Forest Hill' and educate and enrich the lives of the local community.

His travels took him to far flung destinations such as Egypt, Sri Lanka, Burma, China, Japan, Canada and the United States collecting objects which 'either appealed to his own fancy or that seemed to him likely to interest and inform those who had not had the opportunity to visit distant lands'. Mr Horniman’s interest as a collector was well known and many travellers approached him with specimens and curiosities.

By the late nineteenth century, these 'natural, industrial and artistic spoils had accumulated to such an extent that he gave up the whole house to the collections'.


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