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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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Fantastic

One of the best places to go love the museum and the grounds they have a market on a Saturday good... read more

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Siobhan C
An excellent day out

An excellent day out for adults and children. The newly opened world gallery is fantastic. You... read more

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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 collection of objects to visitors. Since then, the collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection.Unusually for such an important museum, you can see the collection up-close and face-to-face. You can even pick up, try on and play with some objects.Visitors come time and again to explore this free museum, take part in our activities and enjoy the 16-acre gardens.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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100 London Road | Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, England
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Reviewed yesterday

One of the best places to go love the museum and the grounds they have a market on a Saturday good really good reasonable price

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Reviewed yesterday

An excellent day out for adults and children. The newly opened world gallery is fantastic. You could spend hours in there.

Thank pollyoppy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have visited many times. Lovely area for picnics & museum holds lots of attractions . Most is free , just pay for a few exhibitions which is fine . The only thing that is well overpriced is the crazy golf. It’s a few holes and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Horniman is an underrated venue tucked away in South London. The extensive grounds include parkland and formal gardens with a bandstand and great views over London. The museum houses an extensive collection of musical instruments and there is also a small aquarium. As with...More

1  Thank Harshbutfair50
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Well, we're a little more rated thanks to you, thank you for your lovely review. Rest assured that we're now planning around our current heatwave, for the sake of our traders' and our visitors' comfort, as you're right to point out it caught us off-guard...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit out the way of the London museums but well worth the journey. Built in the Arts and Crafts style, but looks more like a railway station or a town hall. Thanks to Fredrick Horniman being a mad collector we have the privilege to...More

Thank 19chelsea70
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Horniman, we're always looking to keep Fredrick's vision alive and bring the world to Forest Hill.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Plenty to do here actually, although not as big or interactive as Kew Gardens. Really easy to get to though, especially by bus. Free entry to come into the gardens area and enjoy a picnic, a walk, play catch or any other activity people sometimes...More

Thank Nick B
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your time with us Nick and we're especially pleased to hear that our staff were so helpful. We're sorry to hear that you felt our Butterfly House was overpriced. We offer combination tickets to try to keep a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited here with my brother on a rather hot day during the recent "heatwave of 2018". A Saturday, it was fairly busy when we arrived after strolling up from a quick pitstop at the strange Wetherspoons. The facade is really rather attractive with a...More

Thank Alex V
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for this lovely review Alex. It's great to hear you enjoyed everything the musuem had to offer, and thanks for helping us to get the word out too!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit to Horniman and I brought an annual membership on the same day. It was clear we were into a winner for my 6 and 4yr old. The staff couldn't be more helpful, special thanks to Ann for helping my Mum...More

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

Oh how wonderful! We're so happy to hear you've decided to become a member too and we hope we'll be seeing you plenty more to make the most of your membership. We'll pass on your thanks to Ann too.

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Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Lovely grounds, brand new exhibits. Butterfly house has some stunning butterflies. Very knowledgeable staff. A must see

Thank Ann M
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you Ann, it's nice to hear you enjoyed your time with us.

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Reviewed 14 July 2018

Went to see the new World Gallery. Somebody had decided that you can't have a gallery without recorded noise constantly being played. This was so distracting that it was impossible to read about or study the exhibits. The old Natural HIstory Gallery, which luckily has...More

Thank Malcb231
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HornimanMuseum, Digital Assistant at Horniman Museum and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for getting in touch with us and we're sorry to hear you did not enjoy the new World Gallery. We have incorporated a number of interactives into the new gallery in order to allow visitors of all ages to engage with the cultures...More

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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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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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