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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Forest Hill, Greater London, England

  • Exhibits at Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill
  • Conservatory at Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill
  • Bandstand at Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

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.


  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available Nearby Parking Available Nearby
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Horniman Museum and Gardens's website
020 8699 1872

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

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


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