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Horniman Museum

A 25-foot Alaskan totem pole outside the main entrance gives a clue as to what’s in here: a wealth of quirky anthropological and natural history treasures. You can while away hours perusing the place, but the Grade II-listed natural history gallery – refreshingly devoid of computer touchscreens – possibly contains the most memorable: a comically overstuffed walrus (the work of an over-zealous 1880s taxidermist).

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Simon S
Simon S

I remember visiting the Horniman Museum on a school trip jn about 1980; had a good day but I remember it mainly for managing to get stuck in the revolving door on the way in.