Horniman Museum and Gardens

An inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free museum and gardens in South London’s Forest Hill.

We’ve been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, our collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection.

Unusually for such an important museum, you can see our collection up-close and face-to-face. You can even pick up, try on and play with some of our objects.

Our visitors come time and again to explore our free museum, take part in our activities and enjoy our 16-acre gardens. And they discover something fascinating and mesmerising every time.

Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free. A small charge is made for the Aquarium and som temporary exhibitions.


Guided tours


Exhibitions and events

African Worlds

Permanent exhibition

The exhibition brings together a rich mixture of sculpture and decorative arts. It is a co-curated exhibition which includes many voices; elders, maskers, drummers, diviners, artists and exiles as...

Music Gallery

Permanent exhibition

Over 1300 instruments from the Horniman's internationally renowned collection can be seen in the Music Gallery. Its breathtaking display spans a wide range of instruments from around the world,...


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