Founded in 1901, the Horniman Museum and Gardens in south London houses nationally regarded collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments, as well as an aquarium.

With over 16 acres of landscaped gardens offering dramatic views of London, and a year-round programme of exhibitions, activities and events, the Horniman offers visitors of all ages an inspiring window on the world.

In April 2015, the Museum ran a highly successful Art Happens crowdfunding campaign to fund an exhibition of Mark Fairington's paintings, alongside the hidden specimens that inspired them.

Meet Me at the Museum

Actor and writer Lolita Chakrabarti visits the Horniman Museum & Gardens in London to explore a collection that’s full of surprises.

Permanent collection

The museum's eclectic collection of over 350,000 objects spans anthropology, natural history, musical instruments and an aquarium. The Horniman's overstuffed walrus is one of its most popular exhibits, spawning its own Twitter account.

The museum's gardens provide views across London, from the Shard to Wembley Stadium.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Free to all

100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, Greater London, SE23 3PQ

020 8699 1872


Opening times

10am - 5.30pm
Closed Wednesdays and 24-26 Dec

Mon-Sat 7.15am – sunset
Sun and Bank Holidays 8am – sunset
Closed 25 Dec

You must have a ticket to visit the Museum, Aquarium, Butterfly House and Monkey Business.

Please wear a mask or face covering unless you have a good reason not to (children under 11 are exempt).

The majority of the Horniman is free to enter but you must have a ticket – find out more about planning your visit.

Your ticket is valid only for the date and time you choose.

With a National Art Pass you get

Free entry and free exhibitions

Ready to discover more? Choose your pass

Exhibitions nearby

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