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Horniman Museum and Gardens

100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
+44 20 8699 1872
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I can understand why the New York Times rates this place!

Had I known that the museum was so easy to get to (I'm in east London) I would have visited... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
TheMissElaineous
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Brilliant, great day out!

We visited last weekend with our 2 kids aged 5 and 2. What a great day out and has something to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dawn G
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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 collection of objects to visitors. Since then, the collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection.Unusually for such an important museum, you can see the collection up-close and face-to-face. You can even pick up, try on and play with some objects.Visitors come time and again to explore this free museum, take part in our activities and enjoy the 16-acre gardens.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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+44 20 8699 1872
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had I known that the museum was so easy to get to (I'm in east London) I would have visited w-a-a-a-a-y before. This great place has been named as one of the coolest top ten museums in the world by the New York Times, and...More

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

Another fan, fantastic. We're so glad you enjoyed your trip Elaine, and thanks so much for taking the time to write up this review. You really took it all in. You absolutely have to return to visit our World Gallery when it opens alter this...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited last weekend with our 2 kids aged 5 and 2. What a great day out and has something to suit everyone. Whether it be a walk around the beautiful gardens, or a visit to the museums within. My kids loved the farm (free...More

Thank Dawn G
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the review Dawn, it's wonderful to hear you all enjoyed your visit. We hope you and your family will be returning for many years.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to the Horniman especially to see the musical instrument display, which is apparently one of the biggest in London. But they have obviously spent a lot of money creating a display too loud and too dark for anyone who is really interested in...More

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

Thank you so much for your feedback, we are always looking into how we can improve our visitor experience so we will be taking your comments on board. We understand that the level of lighting can cause issues for some of our visitors, the level...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My Grandson was mesmerized by what he saw in the museum. Loved all the animals on view and especially the aquarium, you do pay to visit it but well worth the money. The grounds are outstanding and superbly maintained by volunteers. The day we were...More

Thank StephenXXXXX
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's great to hear you had such a wonderful visit to the Horniman and we hope you'll visit us again. Later this month we're opening a brand new World Gallery and we're sure you and your grandson would enjoy it.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'd been meaning to go for ages and finally did. Lovely place with interesting exhibits, a reasonable café and gorgeous grounds. Entrance to the small aquarium and butterfly house is extra. Go - you won't be sorry!

Thank Peggy C
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the fab review Peggy, it's great to hear you're such a fan! We hope you'll be back to visit when our World Gallery opens next month.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very interesting and eclectic collection, informative and ideal for families with young children. Set in very relaxing grounds, with cafe and friendly staff.

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us this wonderful review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit so much. We hope you'll visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Horniman Museum and Gardens wasn't what I expected - in a good way! The museum may be smaller than most, but there is still lots to do and see, especially for families/young children. The gardens are lovely and well kept. Well worth a visit if...More

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

Thanks so much for your review, it's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope you'll return soon to visit our new World Gallery opening next month. The World Gallery will display our Anthropology collection in an incredible new, modern gallery.

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Reviewed May 11, 2018

This must be the only museum in the world containing a mermaid among its taxidermied animals. Loved it. On a more serious note, I sometimes wonder if natural history museums are still useful in this age of numerous TV documentaries about wildlife, but apparently children...More

Thank Pierre J
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

We're still very popular with children and their families. It's great to hear you enjoyed our Natural History Gallery and thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Be sure to come back when our World Gallery opens next month.

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Reviewed May 8, 2018

Really nice place to spend a sunny afternoon. Lovely gardens, not too manicured. So much to see. The museum itself is fantastic; the taxidermy collection in particular. The aquarium is so worth paying the admittance fee for, too. Loved this museum and its stunning surrounds.More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

Wow, it's wonderful to hear how much you loved visiting Ciara. Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We hope you'll be back plenty more in the future. We're opening a brand new World Gallery next month to house our...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

Beautiful museum, fasinating to see the victorian natural history display and especially enjoyed the walrus. Shame that two of the big galleries are currently closed for work. Butterfly house was nice but slightly overpriced for what it is. If you visit at a weekend be...More

1  Thank Roxy P
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

We're sorry that our gallery closures hampered your recent visit Roxy, but it's great to hear you enjoyed your visit regardless. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a nice review, we'll hope you'll return later this year when both our World Gallery and...More

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littlerainbow
November 6, 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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August 22, 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
September 1, 2015|
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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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