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The Horniman Museum & Gardens

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The Horniman Museum & Gardens is situated in Forest Hill, London and opened in 1901. There's a wide range of collections relating to natural history, anthropology and musical instruments as well as an aquarium and a fascinating taxidermy collection. The museum hosts a variety of exhibitions, events, workshops, concerts and many more throughout the year. Explore the collections from close-up and even pick up and interact with some objects. The Horniman is free to visit, except the Aquarium, Butterfly House and certain events.

Children/Family activities

The Museum offers countless activities and experiences perfect for the whole family. Go on an adventure through the 16 acres of Gardens such as a Sound Garden where children can have fun playing with musical instruments or the Wildlife Garden, learning about how wildlife is attracted to green spaces. The Animal Walk lets you and your kids have close encounters with many different animals such as rabbits, goats, sheep, alpacas, chickens etc. and learn about why people have domesticated them. Children will love the magical land of butterflies at the Butterfly House where they can gaze at the wonders of nature, learning about their life cycle and their behaviour.


Enjoy a variety of foods and drinks at The Horniman Cafe with a lovely outdoor terrace. Choose from meals, light sandwiches, treats like cakes and pastries with a cold or hot drink like fair trade tea/coffee. There's a separate menu catered for children, as well as vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available.


There are accessible unisex toilets available.

Getting There

The address of the Museum is: Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Road, London, SE23 3PQ. To contact the museum, call 020 8699 1872. There's no parking available at the museum. There is however on site parking for the disabled, via the Horniman Drive.

  • Railway: Forest Hill Railway Station.
  • Buses: 176, 185, 363, P4, P13