Horniman Museum and Gardens

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. 

Find us at...

  • Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • 100 London Road
  • Forest Hill
  • London
  • SE23 3PQ

Our family-friendly offer

We have activity packs and trails available here:

Baby changing facilities are available in both toilets. If you would prefer to breastfeed in private, there is a breastfeeding room located off Gallery Square.


We have lots of information to help you plan your visit and know what to expect in advance. The Horniman would like to make visiting as accessible as possible for all of our visitors. Find lots of information at this link: to help you plan your visit and answer any questions you may have. We have also created a series of films which show you how the Horniman is on a typical day, in terms of visitors, lighting and noise levels. Watch them on our YouTube channel. If you have any queries or require any assistance ahead of your visit, please phone 020 8699 1872 or email - we'll be happy to help.


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