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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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A nice creche with (only part of) a museum attached

I can only echo the comments of the last reviewer. While I appreciate that parents want to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ASubscriber
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London, UK
Erm..

We visited the Horniman Museum not realising it was the Easter Holidays for school kids and were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Laura W
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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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%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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"musical instruments"
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"stuffed animals"
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"natural history"
in 74 reviews
"butterfly house"
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"an aquarium"
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"farmers market"
in 16 reviews
"gardens are lovely"
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"small farm"
in 7 reviews
"up hill"
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"animal farm"
in 6 reviews
"animal area"
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"guinea pigs"
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"glass cases"
in 7 reviews
"school parties"
in 10 reviews
"all ages"
in 23 reviews
"wonderful collection"
in 8 reviews
"interactive displays"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I can only echo the comments of the last reviewer. While I appreciate that parents want to introduce their children to museums, the level of noise was apocalyptic. The lower level of the museum was a vast parking lot for push-chairs. We were also disappointed...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Horniman Museum not realising it was the Easter Holidays for school kids and were left regretting our decision.. the museum was just absolutely chaotic with noise, buggies and kids running round and it was impossible to actually take in any of the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely day out with friends. Interesting Museum especially for children and families. Beautiful garden for picnics and little farm. Really pretty butterfly house and sea life area.

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

Thanks for the great review, we're really happy to hear you enjoyed your day out with us. We hope you'll be back soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok so I’m a bit biased... This is a local museum that I had spent many happy hours in when my children were young. I hadn’t been back for a while so suggested that I take a friend to see it and see if it...More

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

We hope you don't wait so long for your next visit. You should come back and check out our brand new World Gallery when it reopens this summer. We're always happy to hear about how visitors have really connected with the museum, thanks for this...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking for something to do with 10yr olds we quickly looked at reviews and thought it would be for us. Probably a mistake to go in Easter holidays. It was full to the brim with 2-5 year olds and the enthusiastic shouts and inevitable cries...More

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

Thanks for your review. The museum can often prove very popular with families with young children, especially during the school holidays, we advise planning your visit for later in the afternoon when looking for a more relaxed visit. Thanks for your feedback, we'll be taking...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

A more splendid display of children's buggies would be difficult to find. Forget the dry stuffed stuff and bones, this is a place for screaming kids to run amok. The expensive gift shop seemed to have no literature relevant to the museum contents or history....More

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

Hi, we're sorry to hear that you were not happy with your visit. We are aware that the Horniman is very popular with school groups and families with young children. For visitors looking for a more peaceful visit, we suggest timing your visit in the...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The natural history section of this museum is excellent and worth making the trek to SE23 for on it's own although you would be foolish having made the effort not to pop downstairs to peruse the music gallery. A truly brilliant and eclectic collection of...More

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

Hi, thank you for your review we’re pleased to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to the Horniman. Thank you for your feedback on our Aquarium, it’s much loved, but we’re sorry that you didn’t enjoy it. We hope you will come back again...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We only managed to do the museum and cafe. Its a fantastic day out, my son was 9 months when we visited and he really enjoyed it. He was fascinated by everything. Me and my husband had a really good time too. It was really...More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Hi Princessmayya, thank you so much for your lovely review we really appreciate you taking the time to post it. We look forward to you visiting again soon.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Spent an enjoyable few hours in the museum and gardens on a very cold but sunny Saturday. We used the car park which the museum suggested and it was perfect, just a few minutes walk away, though it is up hill. There are lots of...More

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

Thanks for the review, it's great to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to the Horniman. We are aware that the cafe can become very busy, but now the weather is improving we are happy to offer visitors the chance to eat in our Dutch...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

A nice free museum for family day out. Lovely outside area with mini farm and amazing view from the hill. You have to pay some fee to enter the aquarium, butterfly garden and other exhibitions.

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thanks so much, it's great to hear you enjoy your visits to the Horniman. Be sure to come back and visit when the World Gallery and the Studio open later this year.

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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 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
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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