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Horniman Museum and Gardens

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Child friendly

A good place to go with children. An outside area with animals and play area and views. Inside the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lesley C
Lovely gardens and quirky museum

I visited yesterday during the February mini heatwave! I was mainly drawn to the gardens which are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sarah P
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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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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Agree with the previous reviews that say it is disappointing and ‘mayhem’ - sadly we didn’t love our visit to The Horniman. Firstly I was gobsmacked to be told to go outside or to the cafe feed my 3 year old a small snack (in...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Holibop
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write. Unfortunately, eating and drinking are not permitted in the museum, as this attracts pests and endangers our collections. We are sorry that the Café was so busy when you made your way there - lunchtimes...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I decided to visit Brick Works, but wouldn't recommend it as I didn't feel that there was enough to see for the price of the ticket. The exhibits which were on display were great, but there didn't seem to be much there. I went to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Emmab22
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Emma, many thanks for your feedback. Brick Wonders contains approximately 50 models, including special commissions of the Horniman museum building and our iconic Walrus, but we are sorry that the exhibition didn’t meet expectations. Thank you for exploring the rest of the Horniman –...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Horniman; a beautiful museum and grounds, with some really fascinating artefacts. Unfortunately, as with many free museums now, it has become a place for badly behaved children and their unengaged parents to just hang out. Children running wild everywhere, screaming at the tops...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Sharkiem, many thanks for your visit and for your review, as we always appreciate feedback. Since the opening of our exhibition Brick Wonders, the Horniman has been an even more popular destination for families – especially at weekends and during school holidays. Quieter times...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good place to go with children. An outside area with animals and play area and views. Inside the children can look at the animals, jump on fish, do rubbings and colouring activities.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lesley C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I heard lots of good things about this Museum from the friends I have who live in the area with young children so we ventured some distance to find out for ourselves what all the fuss was about, purchasing tickets for the aquarium, lego brick...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank StuAndJo
HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your helpful review, we really appreciate your feedback. We are very sorry that you had to wait for such a long time, especially for Brick Wonders. We are indeed finding that weekends and school holidays have been extremely busy since...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited yesterday during the February mini heatwave! I was mainly drawn to the gardens which are really nice with a lovely view of London from the high point. The gardens are not as big as I had expected but I did manage to find...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 14 February 2019 via mobile

This is a place well worth a visit for a couple of hours. Lots to see, I go especially for the aquarium which is reasonable to get into and really relaxing to spend time in unless there is a lot of screaming kids in there...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KatiePSK
Reviewed 11 February 2019 via mobile

I visited the Horniman Museum with my friend Holly yesterday and it was very enjoyable, I found excitement and interest in almost every part of the building and its gardens. It is a great day out for friends and families alike. I was, however, disappointed...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

Thinking for something different to do, indoors in the cold weather, we thought we’d take our two little ones (3.5 years and baby) to the Horniman museum in Forest Hill. Our little boy was excited to see the aquarium so we bought tickets to this...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mimi A
Reviewed 2 February 2019 via mobile

The aquarium and butterfly house are well worth the admission cost especially if you have children with you. Some interesting exhibits but the glass case displays seem a little old hat. The gardens have splendid views of the London skyline.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Paula A
24 September 2018|
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Response from 389remys | Reviewed this property |
I highly suggest that you buy the tickets online as it will save you time and avoid you queuing as well. But yes, you can buy the tickets on site.
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Sam_MM
22 July 2018|
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Response from HornimanMuseum | Property representative |
Hi Sam, Plonk! Mini Golf and Bach to Baby are not covered by the annual membership. Plonk! is part of an external partnership and Bach to Baby is part of a fundraising project for the new World Gallery.
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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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