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Horniman Museum and Gardens

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An old favourite re-visited

I visited on a blustery autumn day with frequent showers so did not spend much time in the gardens... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HampshireBirdman
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We visited the Horniman Museum and gardens where there is something for everyone. Whether it’s a... read more

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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 yesterday via mobile

I decided to visit on a day off in the week. I was really looking forward to this. I went to look at the taxidermy section but it was ruined as there were a large amount of school children screaming and running about and generally...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited on a blustery autumn day with frequent showers so did not spend much time in the gardens but what I sore of them they appeared well maintained and I was delighted to discover this year a small butterfly house which I greatly enjoyed....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Horniman Museum and gardens where there is something for everyone. Whether it’s a visit to the butterfly house and animals, the aquarium, the music garden,the anthropological exhibits or the fossil room and music exhibits (my 11 year old) There is something to...More

Thank Crystal H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are travelling to London, it really is worth a detour from the usual sites. The nearest station is Forest Hill and then a short walk up the hill. The Gardens are my favourite bit, fantastic views, beautiful gardens and they even have their...More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Craicup for your lovely review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with friends and our 2yo. We all had a wonderful day. Butterfly house and aquarium are lovely and big enough to keep my son entertained without needing the push chair and gave him the freedom to explore. The natural history exhibits started off...More

1  Thank CharlieC1651
HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much - it sounds like you had a good day!

Reviewed 8 October 2018

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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HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for this detailed review. Great to know about what you enjoyed, and also where you think we could do better. We are working on a number of the issues you point out, including lighting in the Music Gallery, quieter visit experiences...More

Reviewed 4 October 2018

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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HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review Dagmar, and for telling us about all the things you loved! Thanks also for your feedback on our 15-tank aquarium and on ‘Colour: The Rainbow Revealed’, our temporary exhibition (now closed).

Reviewed 28 September 2018

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

Thank Ruairidh G
HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are looking into improvements to our much respected and loved Music Gallery, however, due to technical challenges and required resources, this is a complex project. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it has been helpful to receive your comments.

Reviewed 24 September 2018

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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HornimanMuseum, Digital Manager at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review - we're glad you enjoyed your visit :)

Reviewed 16 September 2018

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

Thank Jo K
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

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

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Paula A
24 September 2018|
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Response from 389remys | 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 sosamdahelle | 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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