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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 very interesting and eclectic collection, informative and ideal for families with young... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brendannw10
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London, United Kingdom
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Horniman Museum and Gardens wasn't what I expected - in a good way! The museum may be smaller... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
GreenwoodEsther
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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...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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+44 20 8699 1872
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A very interesting and eclectic collection, informative and ideal for families with young children. Set in very relaxing grounds, with cafe and friendly staff.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Horniman Museum and Gardens wasn't what I expected - in a good way! The museum may be smaller than most, but there is still lots to do and see, especially for families/young children. The gardens are lovely and well kept. Well worth a visit if...More

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

Thanks so much for your review, it's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope you'll return soon to visit our new World Gallery opening next month. The World Gallery will display our Anthropology collection in an incredible new, modern gallery.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This must be the only museum in the world containing a mermaid among its taxidermied animals. Loved it. On a more serious note, I sometimes wonder if natural history museums are still useful in this age of numerous TV documentaries about wildlife, but apparently children...More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're still very popular with children and their families. It's great to hear you enjoyed our Natural History Gallery and thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Be sure to come back when our World Gallery opens next month.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice place to spend a sunny afternoon. Lovely gardens, not too manicured. So much to see. The museum itself is fantastic; the taxidermy collection in particular. The aquarium is so worth paying the admittance fee for, too. Loved this museum and its stunning surrounds.More

1  Thank Ciara S
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, it's wonderful to hear how much you loved visiting Ciara. Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We hope you'll be back plenty more in the future. We're opening a brand new World Gallery next month to house our...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful museum, fasinating to see the victorian natural history display and especially enjoyed the walrus. Shame that two of the big galleries are currently closed for work. Butterfly house was nice but slightly overpriced for what it is. If you visit at a weekend be...More

1  Thank Roxy P
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're sorry that our gallery closures hampered your recent visit Roxy, but it's great to hear you enjoyed your visit regardless. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a nice review, we'll hope you'll return later this year when both our World Gallery and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice inexpensive day out, suitable for all the family. We visited the butterfly house at an additional charge but it was money well spent. The grounds are lovely and would make an ideal picnic spot on a nice day.More

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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

The grounds do make an ideal picnic spot you're right, we hope you'll come back to find out for yourself. It's great to hear the whole family had a great day out at the Horniman. Thank you for taking the time out to leave us...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is amazing and had an amazing collection with different sections (from music instruments to skeletons), I really enjoyed it although I got there mid afternoon which didn’t leave me enough time to see everything I wanted to see. Good to know for parents,...More

1  Thank Remy S
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the wonderful review Remy. Looks like you're going to have to keep coming back a few more times if you're going to see everything and we're looking forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

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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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We appreciate your feedback. The Horniman is indeed very popular with families, especially during the school holidays, we advise planning your visit for later in the day if you're looking for a more relaxed visit. We're also sorry to hear that our gallery closures hampered...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 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

1  Thank Laura W
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback Laura. The Horniman is indeed very popular with families, especially during the school holidays, we advise planning your visit for later in the day if you're looking for a more relaxed visit. We're very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit...More

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 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 6 April 2018

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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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
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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
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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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