Horniman Museum and Gardens, London

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#43 of 222 in Museums in London
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. To visit Horniman Museum and Gardens on your holiday in London, and find out what else London has to offer, use our London trip itinerary maker site .
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  • This isn't billed as a children's museum, because it isn't, but it children are definitely the focus. Most children's museums have the same types of rooms and exhibits but this one is totally differen...  more »
  • Extensive gardens but definite highlights are the incredible museum displays with free entry.Robot exhibition for a fee with children allowed to play along with the exhibits meant it was difficult to ...  more »
  • Interesting collection of musical instruments though the numbering on the instruments did not always align with the descriptions and was hard to match up the two. Also the room was dark and it was som...  more »
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  • Absolutely gorgeous free museum and gardens plus exhibition center with an abundance of things to do (there is even a small petting zoo!). Fantastic views. Excellent place to spend a couple of hours of an afternoon wandering around in especially if the weather's nice. Very kid-friendly and serene.
  • A fun and quirky museum reminds makes me feel a bit like a kid again. It's nice to see them keep the displays throughout the years instead of trying up "upgrade" to something more modern. It's very family friendly, and educational. Support smaller, local museums. Be sure to stroll around the surrounding gardens.
  • Beautiful gardens, perfect for a stroll, a picnic or a run. Love the markets on a Saturday but could add a few more stalls. The museum is fab, I've wandered the taxidermy a million times but always see something new. So lucky to have this on our doorstep.
  • After living in London for 3 years, have only just visited as a tourist! Really nice collection of natural history from all kingdoms of life, arranged in a "scientific" way by classification. Really nice arrangements showing adaptation within families... Gardens are lovely with a stunning view of the city. Impressive and educational would definitely come again
  • There is always a nice exhibition on and hands on items for children. The aquarium is lovely and the Cafe has nice food not to overly priced. The Gardens in spring/ summer are beautiful and if you go up to the top their is a tiny little farm with an amazing view.

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