Horniman Museum

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An anthropological museum set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens, the Horniman has a traditional natural history gallery – dominated by a bizarre, overstuffed walrus – where the exhibits are displayed in traditional cases with no computer touch-screens in sight. There's also an aquarium, a permanent gallery dedicated to African, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian art, and a collection of around 1,600 musical instruments, with an area where people can play some of them and a display ('At Home with Music') where historical keyboards, dating all the way back to a virginals from 1555, are on show. The museum provides extensive facilities for families, including a nature trail, weekend workshops and a hands-on base where children can touch museum objects. Nature Base explores the natural world with exhibits including the Horniman beehive.

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Venue name: Horniman Museum
Address: 100
London Rd
SE23 3PQ
Opening hours: Daily 10.30-5.30pm
Transport: Rail: Forest Hill Bus: 176,185,197,356,P4
Price: Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for aquarium
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  • Exhibitions Until Sunday September 4 2016 Free
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