Horniman Museum and Gardens, London

4.3
#7 of 19 in Childrens 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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  • Such an eclectic collection of things! there really is something for everyone here! Entire species of animals, the obvious overstuffed Walrus, collections of stuff from the East and West, an enormous ...  more »
  • Perfect alternative to the Natural History Museum. Lots of interesting things to see and the gardens are lovely.  more »
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  • Museum AND Gardens really is true. You ca come here to relax for free (unless you like ice cream) in a wide variety of outdoor spaces. There are lots of trees and shade but also a wide field, formal gardens, outdoor musical instruments (that sound good even when played by enthusiastic kids) and a pretty good view over London. The main museum houses a number of fixed exhibits from stuffed animals and the ever fun history of musical instruments (which you can digitally play) to special exhibitions like the current Lego one and previous robotic animals. The downstairs aquarium is ... well tiny and a bit disappointing, though you still can stick your head in some Perspex bulbs to get up close to frogs and fish. Little kids only really. Outside the farm has the usual chickens, alpacas, sheep, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs. It’s next to the temporary butterfly exhibit (which is warm!) but that’s been around a while and worth a visit but you need to book a time slot in the museum. And the mini golf ... no, that’s not included in membership, has London prices and is temporary/ looks it too. Enjoy if it’s your thing. Overall it’s a great place to relax for a couple hours, being the family or have a picnic date. You’ll find your spot and never forget the name or the tower on the main road.
  • Excellent museum with plenty to see and free too! I particularly enjoyed the natural history section, they also had an enclosed glass wall with bees nesting in! A volunteer for the museum who was very enthusiastic about bees (and the potential flooding of the Thames) was brilliant to talk to! I also very much enjoyed the collection of historical instruments as a musician myself.
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