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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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Magical moments

Visited the Butterfly house at the Horniman Museum which was a wonderful and magical experience... read more

Reviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
Well worth the trip to Forest Hill

This is a really interesting museum, with an old fasioned natural history gallery, that actually is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
+44 20 8699 1872
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Reviewed yesterday

Visited the Butterfly house at the Horniman Museum which was a wonderful and magical experience. How I would have been thrilled by it as a child. The adult me was equally entranced. Helpful staff on hand to give some extra background information. Our friends also...More

Thank Woodfortrees
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a really interesting museum, with an old fasioned natural history gallery, that actually is quite well done and informative, even if most of the exhibits aren't in that good condition. The music room is fantastic, more instrument than I could imagine. Not always...More

Thank Sitta
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely grounds to wander round, my toddler loved everything. Especially the aquarium which is small and a bit overpriced but he seemed to like it. He enjoyed the main, free, part of the museum as well as the musical instruments out in the gardens. The...More

Thank DSkipper
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my granddaughter for an impulsive visit as we were passing Although it says it free entry, Entry to some displays are not £11 to see a some oversized dated robot models which didn't even impress my seven year old companion,

Thank petethepipe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic place. Full of interesting things for children of all ages. My grandaughter loved the Robot Zoo and Butterfly House. Very reasonably priced - we got the annual family ticket as intend to go back again.

Thank Siddy
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the gardens with our 2 yr old granddaughter whilst we were visiting my daughter who lives close by. My first impression was how clean and well kept the gardens were. We loved walking round all the different gardens, our granddaughter was fascinated with...More

Thank Smurph67
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wife and I visited on a sunny day with son, daughter in law and 1 year old granddaughter-arrived via Uber. Great new butterfly house where the beautiful insects land on you. Old fashioned natural history museum full of stuffed birds with pride of place to...More

Thank peregrin2012
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a very enjoyable couple of hours today at the Horniman Museum,Forest Hill, London. What a great institution it is: great location with amazing views over London, fantastic Arts & Craft building, interesting, well thought-out gardens -both formal and wild -a very cute little...More

1  Thank Graeme K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love everything about Hornimans museum & gardens. Having grown up in the area I have watched with great interest all of the many changes. Many happy memories from a young age to taking my own daughter to visit. The museum is a great mixture...More

Thank AEaton73
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum itself is free as are the gardens and everywhere is very family friendly. However, when we visited during the summer holidays, we did notice a number of families coming out of the queue to buy tickets when they saw the price of entry...More

Thank OverTheRainbowLondon
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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
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.
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.