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Horniman Museum & Gardens

Welcome to the award-winning Horniman Museum and Gardens - where you can discover more about the World, its people, their cultures, and its environment.

The Horniman is officially recognised as having outstanding collections of national importance. We are delighted that we can display a lot of this collection in the exciting and innovative African Worlds exhibition.

You can explore the collections further in the Museum's Music and Natural History exhibitions, or visit one of our temporary exhibitions in the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery, the Balcony Gallery and Gallery Square.

Combine this with a visit to the new Horniman Aquarium, the newly sited Library in the environmentally friendly CUE Building, and the extensive gardens around the Museum for a visit full of enjoyment and discovery.

The Horniman Aquarium

Immerse yourself in the wonderful underwater worlds of the new Aquarium. Journey through delicate environments and ecosystems from teeming British Pond Life, stunning and sensitive Rockpools, tropical Fijian Coral Reefs, to mysterious Mangrove Swamps and a breathtaking South American Rainforest display.

Discover captivating creatures from across the world including jellyfish, British seahorses and tropical monkey frogs amongst others. Amazing tank-viewing dens and interactive displays gets you up close to these fantastic worlds.

Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Journey to different times and places and learn more about the world and its cultures. With an ongoing rotation of new exhibitions, the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery offers the chance to discover something different every visit.

Music Room

What are musical instruments made of and how do they work? How are African drums used in ceremonies? See over 1500 musical instruments including the new Boosey and Hawkes collection.

Use the touch-screen computers and headphones to find out what many of them sound like and how they are played. Find out about musical instruments from all parts of the World and throughout history - from 3500 year-old Egyptian clappers to electric guitars.

Natural History

How are animals adapted to moving and protecting themselves? Just how big is a walrus? Compare the shape and structure of animals from around the World. On the balcony, examine the variety of animal life and how it can be grouped.

Centenary Gallery

Encounter world cultures in the Centenary Gallery and discover more about Frederick Horniman's (the Museum's founder) original collection. From butterflies to a Spanish Torture Chair (assembled from torture equipment used during the Spanish Inquisition) the Centenary Gallery brings to life Victorian curios and Frederick Horniman's early collections.

Library at the CUE Building

(Centre for Understanding the Environment) Find out more about our collections from the stunning setting of the CUE Building with its green roof and environmental design.

The Gardens

Stroll through beautifully maintained formal and natural landscapes. Explore the sunken and water gardens and admire the magnificent Victorian conservatory. Follow the sundial and nature trails before taking in the stunning views of London.


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Situated on the South Circular Road, five minutes walk from the centre of Forest Hill and the railway station.

Free parking available in surrounding streets (please do not park in private roads).

Rail: 13 minutes from London Bridge. Other direct train services from London Victoria, Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Sutton and Purley.

Buses: 176, 185, 197, 356, P4 stop outside; 122, 363 and P13 stop nearby.

Visit www.tfl.gov.uk for travel options.

Horniman Museum & Gardens Postcode for SatNav: SE23 3PQ


+44 (0)20 8699 1872
+44 (0)20 8699 2339
+44 (0)20 8291 5506

100 London Road
Forest Hill
Greater London
SE23 3PQ

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