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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.

Read about our favourite exhibits at the Horniman or see more great museums for kids in the capital


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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What’s on

Dinosaur rEvolution

  • Exhibitions

You can rarely go too long at the Horniman without encountering some form of prehistoric life: following its recent ‘Permian Monsters’ and ‘Brick Dinos’ exhibitions, 2024 sees it play host ‘Dinosaur rEvolution’. Based around five showstopping animatronic models – including a seven-metre-long T-Rex – the general idea is that it’s compliant with current scientific thinking on what these creatures looked like: so lots of feathers, basically, alongside quills, spikes and all sorts of vibrant colours. Alongside the moving monsters will be various games and activities, plus a smattering of casts of actual fossils, including skeletons of velociraptor and compsognathus. If you haven’t yet got the message that the Jurassic Park-slash-World films were very wrong about what dinos looked like, you hopefully will after this.

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