The Horniman Museum

hornimanNo wonder the Horniman was a finalist in the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013.

The Museum describes itself as an inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free attraction in South London’s Forest Hill.  As we walked around we were in total agreement with this statement.  There are plenty of things to enjoy for people of all ages.

It is all thanks to Frederick Horniman, Victorian tea trader and collector who donated the museum, plus its contents and an adjoining garden, to the public, on condition it would be free to enter.

Where: 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ
Suitable For: Everone
Admission: Free –  apart for a charge for Aquarium and special exhibitions –
Facilities: Café, lift, baby changing room and separate baby feeding room,
free worksheets, hands on exhibits for children
 Website:  www.horniman.ac.uk

Having visited here over 35 years ago we remembered the old fashioned galleries with stuffed animals.  The original Natural History Gallery is still here and has been updated with hands on exhibits.  New galleries and a great aquarium (entrance fee)  have been added to the museum.  The Centenary Gallery has a large painting of Frederick Horniman and displays just a small number of the items he and other Victorians collected.


The museum has a large group of volunteers who are very helpful.  The volunteers staff an Object Handling Trolley and Nature Base in The Natural History Gallery which is brilliant for young children.

The Nature Base even has real live Honey Bees in a special hive and models of animals to touch.


There is also a Hands On Base is used for schools but is open to the public during school holidays and at certain times during the day..

Another great gallery is the display of musical instruments, which mixes the old and new combining cases of instruments with video screens, In the newly revamped gardens outside the building is a large childrens play area which is based on musical instruments which was very popular with young children

A great museum to visit with or without children, we will be back

Getting There 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ
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