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Horniman Museum & Gardens, London
(4.3/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
Boasting a collection of over 350,000 objects, Horniman Museum & 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 & Gardens part of your personalized London itinerary using our London itinerary maker.
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  • Enjoyed our day at Horniman museum and gardens, it's compact yet enough variety to keep us occupied. Highly recommend for young kids! Cafe is kind of expensive though, and no other food options nearby...  more »
  • This museum is a bit far from the city centre and is therefore not a handy tourist destination, I have to say unfortunately. To get there you have to take a bus or train from Victoria Station after about an hour and 10 will arrive just in front of the Museum. Inside you will find many special things, but guys will hit: the first is the skin of a walrus padded ballooned up to bring up this animal three times larger, the other is the skeleton of a "Siren". Actually is the skeleton of a monkey attached to the tail of a fish, but when it was brought to Britain many believed in the veracity of this authentic forgery, eliciting a lot of wonder. In the basement there is also an aquarium with several pools, and a collection of musical instruments. If you have time take a visit.
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  • Having visited here in the 80s it has changed on the outside with 2 more buildings, plus a cafe and education centre and aquarium. Asks for a £3 donation, a good shop and 2 cafes, one with hot food an...  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!!