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Horniman Museum and Gardens, London

(4.4/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
Boasting a collection of over 350,000 objects, Horniman Museum and Gardens focuses on anthropology, natural history, and musical instruments. The museum opened in 1901, designed in the Arts & Crafts style. Explore the wide variety of exhibits, including a textile display, conservatory, African worlds gallery, centenary gallery, torture chair, coffin lid, stuffed animal collection, and more. Stop by the basement to see the aquarium--the newest addition to the collection. To top it all off, visit the lovely garden, quaint cafe, and gift shop. Make Horniman Museum and Gardens part of your personalized London itinerary using our London itinerary maker.
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  • I visited the museum knowing that some of the galleries were out of action for the long term. Entry is free to the main areas with a charge for two specialist galleries. The older galleries were very ...  more »
  • My first visit to this excellent small museum in South London. This museum was started by the owner of the Horniman's Tea Company who had a passion for collecting. At present there are just two free g...  more »
  • We visited the museum with some friends and their kids and had a lovely few hours looking at the taxidermy and especially seeing the walrus. A great thing to do for an afternoon.  more »
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  • Great for a day out, for either couples or families. Lots to do and see. Enough to do without paying either. Grounds are lovely to walk around. Great cafe, that has both hot and cold meals, food came quickly and was plentiful and tasty. No parking onsite, but found a space about 5 minutes walk away! Staff helpful and friendly, will go back!
  • The Horniman is a gem for locals and a must see for all Londoners. Stunning views from the top of the gardens are complimented with a small collection of animals and outside musical instruments. The museum provides a small aquarium and other artifacts in a variety of exhibitions. The grounds / museum are exquisitely maintained for a great day out.
  • London nugget with a view. Surprised me how interesting this place is. The music library was an added bonus. And sorry about my 11 month old daughter squealing with joy and all the animals. She especially loved the bees and the hands-on music room. Definitely coming back!
  • The Horniman Museum is an eclectic little collection in south east London. There's a lot to see and probably a bit of something for everyone with a naturalist's collection to a musical instruments gallery, several large cultural galleries and an art exhibition which is probably temporary. There are no dinosaurs and some of the exhibits are targeted at adults so if you're looking for a kids' day out or have a short attention span maybe consider the central London museums. However, if you've done those, are looking for something local or different then this is definitely worth doing.
  • Best place for a family day out!plenty to see and explore between Anthropology collection, marine life in the aquarium, natural history in the taxidermy gallery and music with one of the most amazing collection of instruments open to the public in London. .. as if wasnt enough the museum is surrounded by a secluded and manicured gardens with animal walk. Love coming here any time of the year!!