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Horniman Museum and Gardens

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We only visited a small part of the garden, but the bit we were in was beautiful and tranquil. We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
819dagmarw
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
An eclectic museum

This museum was started by Frederick Horniman in the late 1890s. He was a very well travelled man... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
roaming_kiwi58
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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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...more
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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've long wanted to visit the Horniman, and finally managed it! It was good in parts and disappointing in others. The Good. Free admission. An astonishing array of musical instruments. Really fascinating. Natural History gallery was a wonderful collection, with interesting displays of evolution and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only visited a small part of the garden, but the bit we were in was beautiful and tranquil. We went into the butterfly house which I really enjoyed. Knowledgeable staff to answer questions and show you where eggs and caterpillars hide, and of cause...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For years I have planned to visit the Horniman musical instrument collection and this week I finally did it. Frankly it was very disappointing. The displays in large glass-fronted cases are badly lit with labels that are very hard to read. Is the low lighting...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was started by Frederick Horniman in the late 1890s. He was a very well travelled man and collected all sorts of stuff from all over the world. The museum has continued to expand and there are collections of interest to adults and children....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This family friendly museum and gardens is to be found in Forest Hill South East London. There isn't a car park but there's plenty of off street parking a few minutes away. Opening times are 1- - 5.30 seven days a week. Entrance to the...More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderfully detailed review Jo, it's great to hear that you recommend us!

Reviewed 12 September 2018

Visited the museum twice already, it has a lovely setting in a park / gardens with small animal farm, big butterfly house and Sunday market (consisting of couple of stalls offering ice cream, fruit and veg etc). Museum has a lovely display of animals and...More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We hope we'll see you again soon Kate, thank you very much for a wonderful review.

Reviewed 5 September 2018

I visited this museum for the first time and was impressed with the friendly, professional staff and pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. My entire experience was enjoyable, not forgetting to mention the absolutely delicious sweet potato, spinach and lentil dahl, which I had for lunch in the...More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Our Cafe staff will be pleased - thanks for your lovely review!

Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

The greatest thing is having free museums. Hornimans museum has so many things to see. Great place to visit set on the heart of SE23...This is a feixbds favourite place too who lives in Japan, whenever she visits this is on her list to see...More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Thanks for your lovely review Jason.

Reviewed 4 September 2018

The Horniman looked like the perfect place to take two lively five year olds for a last summer holiday outing before school starts again. Unfortunately, our initially positive impressions were shattered by the 45+ minute wait to buy tickets for the Aquarium. At one stage...More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Thank you for letting us know about the long waiting times on the day of your visit – we are so sorry about your experience. Great customer care is really important to us, and we hope to see you back again for an altogether better...More

Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is one of London’s hidden gems and have a big collections of anthropology, natural history, musical instrumens. Really worth visiting. Entry fee is FREE. But if you want visit Aquarium and Butterfly House, you must buy tickets. Aquarium: adult...More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Thanks for recommending us Kristina, it's wonderful to hear you think we're well worth a visit.

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Paula A
24 September 2018|
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Response from Remy S | Reviewed this property |
I highly suggest that you buy the tickets online as it will save you time and avoid you queuing as well. But yes, you can buy the tickets on site.
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Sam_MM
22 July 2018|
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Response from HornimanMuseum | Property representative |
Hi Sam, Plonk! Mini Golf and Bach to Baby are not covered by the annual membership. Plonk! is part of an external partnership and Bach to Baby is part of a fundraising project for the new World Gallery.
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littlerainbow
7 November 2016|
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Response from HornimanMuseum | Property representative |
Hi Littlerainbow The Horniman Museum and Gardens are free in the main, but there is a fee for entry to the Aquarium (Child £2.20; Adult: £4.40; Family - 2 adults & 2 children £9.90) and some events. I hope this helps, but... More
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zs24711
22 August 2016|
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Response from Emma C | Reviewed this property |
It has an animal walk which has a selection of animals such as Alpacas, goats, rabbits, sheep and Guinea pigs. It's free.
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Sarahbr114
1 September 2015|
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Response from ems2020 | Reviewed this property |
There is parking on the surrounding roads (either side, behind and opposite). I have always found a space, but it can take a while- it's usually busy.
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