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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Museum and Botanical Garden
Forest Hill, London, Greater London, Forest Hill
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    Vic M.
    "Lovely view of London from the gardens."(5 Tips)
    Franz V.
    "fantastic family-friendly museum with beautiful gardens"(4 Tips)
    Alison R.
    "Awesome musical instrument collection!"(2 Tips)
    "... museum is famous for stuffed animals and musical instruments from around the world, all part of the..."(2 Tips)
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  • gardens
  • scenic views
  • picnics
  • café
  • instrument collection
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  • Jon C.heart icon on user image
    Jon ChooAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great fun to be had by everyone. The aquarium is worth the small fee to enter, and during the summer they have jazz bands playing in the bandstand.
  • Dug T.heart icon on user image
    Dug TremellenJune 21, 2015
    Museum which remains true to its eccentric late Victorian roots, set in beautiful grounds which make the most of the museum's hilltop placing. A perfect summer weekend afternoon
  • Remi L.heart icon on user image
    Remi LefevreJune 18, 2015
    Take a half day to make the most of your visit: both the Museum and its Gardens make a great weekend mini-trip. Extensive collections about animals, including an aquarium, and a great glasshouse café!
  • Alistairheart icon on user image
    AlistairMay 10, 2016
    The photo exhibition of the Rio favelas is great. The walrus needs no introduction, the gardens are beautiful. The cafe is nice. It's free. I love this museum.
  • Valentina C.heart icon on user image
    Valentina CoveyMarch 25, 2016
    Beautiful green space in Forest Hill with sweeping panoramic views of London. Perfect for a picnic or a walk. Family friendly, with lots to do.
  • Isa S.heart icon on user image
    Isa SierraJune 14, 2016
    The Horniman is so poorly taken care of that its kind of charming. It definitely needs a clean (some of the spiders in the shelves are not taxidermy) but the displays are fabulous. Authentic.
  • Gordon S.
    Gordon SpoonerAugust 20, 2013
    Great place for children (not so good if you want a quiet day). Brilliant collection of musical instruments, perhaps too many although lighting is poor making it difficult to view in detail.
  • Stef M.heart icon on user image
    Stef MattanaJune 30, 2016
    Go there in spring, it's wonderful! On weekends there's a market at the top of the hill with special food and bio eggs/meat/veg to buy.
  • Jon M.heart icon on user image
    Jon MooreJanuary 29, 2018
    What a great place to spend the afternoon. The butterfly house was lovely and the grounds are beautiful. Spectacular view of London too!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 17, 2013
    Kids adore the nature trail, aquarium, "Hands On Base" where they can touch museum objects, and "Nature Base" where they can investigate a beehive. - Green Guide Editor
  • Georgeheart icon on user image
    GeorgeOctober 24, 2015
    Great place to take children of all ages. Lovely farmers market on a Saturday morning with a great view of the city from the hilltop.
  • Alessia C.heart icon on user image
    Alessia CameraApril 9, 2017
    Lovely park and little museum on a hill in the South East. Better take a bus from the overground station, to avoid the sloping path.
  • Vic M.heart icon on user image
    Vic McGinMarch 23, 2015
    Lovely view of London from the gardens. The music garden is too much fun. And some amazingly weird taxidermy to freak out the kids.
  • Thunder C.heart icon on user image
    Thunder CatDecember 20, 2014
    The stunning views from the gardens stretch from Wembley to Canary Wharf. The museum is a treasure trove of unusual and interesting artefacts.
  • Catherine R.
    Catherine ReynoldsSeptember 21, 2014
    see the famous stuffed walrus, the fishes and walk in the garden. go back for the events especially the bat walk and season event!
  • Krystel J.heart icon on user image
    Krystel JusticeDecember 26, 2016
    Best children's museum I have ever attended. Great views of London from the playground.
  • Franz V.heart icon on user image
    Franz VitulliJune 9, 2016
    A fantastic family-friendly museum with beautiful gardens and a great view outside. Another hidden gem in London.
  • Jacques
    JacquesMay 13, 2015
    One of London's best museums and well worth visiting. And its free!!
  • Neil T.heart icon on user image
    Neil TurnerJune 7, 2012
    Have a look at the unusual musical instruments and use the interactive panels to hear how they sounded. The gardens are also nice for a stroll or a picnic.
  • Martin T.
    Martin TiedemannMay 29, 2012
    9 November: Watch Fijian fish at the Aquarium. Visitors are offered the chance to immerse themselves in the underwater worlds of tropical Fijian coral reefs, British pond life, a mangrove swamp etc.
  • Jennifer H.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer HardiAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Be a member. It first cost a lot and you get to visit the exhibitions and aquarium free of charge unlimited for a year
  • Amazing Food And Travelheart icon on user image
    Have been visiting since I was a child. The grounds and the exhibitions are great and lots of them are free.
    unlike.netFebruary 22, 2012
    Part of the Horniman’s charm is the fact that whilst it’s small enough to be manageable in one visit, crucially it’s still interesting enough that there’ll be something new each time you go. Read more
  • Sabina C.heart icon on user image
    Sabina ChaudhryJune 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful gardens - great for picnics. Nice farmer's market every Sat - the black pudding sausage rolls are the best!
  • Stef M.heart icon on user image
    Stef MattanaJuly 27, 2016
    Love the gardens. Make sure to stop by on Saturdays as there's a tiny cozy street market/food
  • Ben T.heart icon on user image
    Ben TaylorFebruary 26, 2018
    A combination of fossils, live animals, stuffed animals and musical instruments.
  • Daisy J.heart icon on user image
    Daisy JanesJune 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The herb garden is amazing. Try to find chocolate mint and pineapple sage.
  • Kaylie M.heart icon on user image
    Kaylie MJanuary 3, 2016
    Great view of the city, lovely gardens, something for everyone here!
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 27, 2012
    A 25-foot Alaskan totem pole outside the main entrance gives a clue as to what’s in here: a wealth of quirky anthropological and natural history treasures. Read more
  • Simon W.
    Simon WillisonNovember 10, 2013
    Cabin in the Woods fans rejoice... hidden within the Horniman's extensive collection is a genuine merman!
  • Elizabeth B.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth BuckleyApril 6, 2015
    Beautiful garden, interesting culture museum and musical instruments museum 😊
  • Em E.heart icon on user image
    Em EssNovember 23, 2016
    The walrus is the absolute best. The aquarium is also worth it.
  • Kevan D.heart icon on user image
    Kevan DavisMarch 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    There's a sundial trail running through the gardens and conservatory here, showcasing eleven different types of dial.
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GordonDecember 5, 2011
    Perfect place for the kids on a wet weekend. The aquarium and hands-on music room (adjacent to the instrument collection) are favourites.
    HISTORY UKFebruary 15, 2011
    This museum is famous for stuffed animals and musical instruments from around the world, all part of the collection of Frederick John Horniman who made his fortune in the 19th century tea trade.
  • Michael A.heart icon on user image
    Michael AmbjornAugust 21, 2016
    Curiosities galore - and amazing views of London from the beautiful gardens.
  • Ieva P.heart icon on user image
    Ieva PJanuary 9, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Beautiful educational gardens full of herbs and other plants. Great London views on top of the Hill.
  • Danny U.
    Danny UKNovember 16, 2014
    Free entry, though no decent parking nearby. If suggest parking at Sainsbury for 2 hours and walking up.
  • Erwin K.heart icon on user image
    Erwin KrijgerApril 8, 2015
    Great if you have kids. The gardens are beautiful and relaxing. Great view.
  • Evening Standard
    Evening StandardMay 14, 2012
    One of the most popular displays at the Horniman Museum is a walrus created by a taxidermist who had never actually seen one and, not knowing that they had loose folds of skin, overstuffed it. Read more
  • Geoffrey M.
    Geoffrey MakstutisMay 30, 2010
    This is a great place for kids and parents alike. Very 'hands-on' with activities and events year round. A place you can return to again and again.
  • Jon C.heart icon on user image
    Jon ChooSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out Horniman's aquarium and its famous jellyfish tank.
  • Londonist
    LondonistOctober 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're planning on eating in the cafe, take your food through to the ornate summer house in the gardens. Much more peaceful.
  • Sergei R.
    Sergei RinaldesAugust 16, 2013
    Unexpectedly beautiful museum and garden and cool events organised by the best Arts and Events manager!
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonFebruary 23, 2012
    The most popular part of the museum is its showpiece Aquarium, where a series of tanks and rockpools cover seven distinct aquatic ecosystems. Read more
  • Alison R.heart icon on user image
    Alison RocheJuly 9, 2017
    Awesome musical instrument collection!
  • Kirsty J.heart icon on user image
    Kirsty JaneJune 30, 2015
    Love the garden area museum is odd!
  • Dirk V.
    Dirk Vom LehnMay 8, 2010
    Great collection of ethnographic objects, musical instruments, stuffed animals. Wonderful garden and excellent cafe. I not working here!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RedmanOctober 31, 2009
    Make sure you head into the gardens. From there you'll get an amazing view. You'll also find parking on Westwood Drive. There is also a great playground off Syndenam drive Read more
  • National Maritime M.
    Frederick Horniman joined the family tea-importing business in 1849, just as US clipper ships started transporting tea from China, slashing travel time to only 100 days. Find your maritime story. Read more
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