Centred round five environmental extremes – heat, cold, aridity, permanent darkness and lack of oxygen – and the animals and plants that live there.

Extremes Ludovic Des Cognets


Films, photographs and natural specimens  are used to reveal how the plant and animal kingdoms have adapted for survival in the most extreme conditions on earth. Key to this are the taxidermy displays which allow visitors to compare the techniques specific to the polar bear, camel, ostrich, scimitar oryx and pipistrelle bat.

Venue details

Horniman Museum and Gardens 100 London Road, Forest Hill London SE23 3PQ 020 8699 1872 www.horniman.ac.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6)

Daily, 10.30am – 5.30pm
Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Daily, Mon – Sat, 7.15am – sunset
Sun and Bank Holidays, 8am ​– sunset

Closed 25 Dec