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Horniman Museum and Gardens

  • Forest Hill
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction closed

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak,Horniman Museum is currently closed to the public, however the gardens are still open. We'll keep this updated with news of when it might be open again, but always recommend to check before you travel.

Don't worry - you can find lots more great days out in Forest Hill, or you can browse days out all over the UK here.

Attraction Information

You won't find such an unusual and eclectic collection anywhere else in London!

Lots of interesting changing exhibitions, and galleries include Natural history, African Worlds, Anthropology, Music Gallery and much more. It's a real treat for curious kids, particularly the 4,000 item Hands On zone, with some really unusual things to explore with wild textures and amazing oddities a go go. Happy hands!

Plus, you can all learn how to easily identify city wildlife, and the Animal Walk lets visitors walk through the centre of the new enclosures for a close encounter with its furry and feathered residents! A delightfully immersive way to enjoy nature that will really capture kids' imaginations as its like walking through a jungle.

The Museum's Aquarium has been designed from the ground up with children in mind. Low level viewing windows and engaging interpretation introduce them to underwater wonderlands. Fifteen exhibits showcase aquatic environments from around the globe, ranging from the British coastline to Fijian coral reefs!

Plus, the glorious botanical gardens, an adventure in itself if you have the weather for it! There are activity packs to download for your exploration if you like, but plenty to see and do without too, with educational display gardens which as well as focusing on Materials, Foods and Dyes also features a special garden producing sounds! You can also follow the trail of Sundials or catch a summer performance at the Bandstand, or take your picnic inside at the Dutch Barn.

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Opening hours


Monday to Sunday 10:30 - 17:30

Closed 24 to 26 December.


Monday through Saturday 07:15 - dusk

Sundays and Bank Holidays 08:00 - dusk

Closed 25 December.

The Animal Walk

Monday to Sunday 12:00 - 


Free admission for Museum and Gardens.


Adults: £3.50

Children: £1.50

Family: from £7.50

Travel & Contact Information


100 London Road, Forest Hill, Greater London, SE23 3PQ, England

Phone number

020 8699 1872



Click here to visit Horniman Museum and Gardens' website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Horniman Museum and Gardens has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Horniman Museum and Gardens has not told us about their dining options.

Yes, Horniman Museum and Gardens is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Horniman Museum and Gardens have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Horniman Museum and Gardens has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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