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Horniman Museum

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  • Forest Hill
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The Horniman is an anthropoligical museum contained within an eccentric-looking art nouveau building with extensive gardens. The Natural History Gallery is dominated by an ancient walrus (overstuffed by Victorian taxidermists, who thought they ought to get the wrinkles out of the animal’s skin) and ringed by glass cabinets containing pickled animals, stuffed birds and insect models. There's also a permanent gallery dedicated to African, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian art, and a collection of around 1,600 musical instruments, whose sounds can be unleashed via touch-screen tables. The museum’s popular showpiece aquarium is a series of tanks and rock pools covering seven distinct aquatic ecosystems. It provides extensive activities for families, including a nature trail, weekend workshops and a hands-on base where children can touch museum objects.

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100 London Rd
SE23 3PQ
Forest Hill Overground/176,185,197, 356, P4 buses
Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for aquarium
Opening hours:
Daily 10am-5.30pm
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Brick Dinos

  • Natural history

If there’s one thing kids like, it’s dinosaurs, and if there’s another thing kids like, it’s Lego; combine the two and bam – that’s ‘Brick Dinos’, baby. Artist Warren Elsmore has made a series of dinosaurs both small and cute and borderline lifesize out of the ubiquitous plastic bricks, and though it’s a touring exhibition he’s even crafted a new Polacanthus – a sort of early Cretaceous forbear of the Ankylosaurus – especially for the Horniman. There are about 20 creatures in the exhibition, including the 1.5m long Polacanthus; note that ‘Brick Dinos’ is not formally affiliated with Lego, beyond being made out of it.

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