Horniman Museum and Gardens
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At Horniman Museum and Gardens, the wildlife comes both stiff, stuffed and signposted and alive and kicking in its natural habitat. Whichever your preference, you’re bound to find something to enthral and fascinate.
Situated in Forest Hill, South London, this museum of curiosities was dreamt up by Frederick Horniman, a 19th-century tea trader. The museum’s extensive collection of taxidermy and global artefacts provides a fascinating window into natural history and anthropology. Continue the zoological journey in the basement, where you’ll find an aquarium and outside in the garden where urban wildlife thrives. Brush past the Grasslands Garden, a blend of South African grasslands and North American prairie and emerge into an arts and crafts style Sunken Garden, where dramatic floral displays dazzle visitors in the spring and summer months. Whether you’ve got tiny tots in tow or just after a breather from the bustle of life, the Horniman Museum and Gardens delivers a day out that’s full of nature-based surprises.
Gardens - 7.15am (8am Sundays and Bank Holidays) to dusk.
Check website for seasonal closing times.
Closed 25 December.
Museum 10am to 5.30pm, closed 24 - 26 December
Garden audio tours
Listen in on the secrets of selected gardens from their head gardeners. Our audio tours take you through seasonal planting, histories and stories.