We love the Mayor of London’s campaign to show the world that the capital is open for business, open to ideas and open to people from across the world who have chosen to live and work in London. As part of the campaign Mayor Sadiq Khan has said,
London is the best city in the world. It is creative, international, entrepreneurial and full of opportunities. I’m incredibly proud to be Mayor of a city that’s so comfortable with its diversity and so optimistic about its future.
We don’t simply tolerate each others’ differences, we celebrate them.
Inspired by the #LondonIsOpen campaign and the Mayor's comments we thought we would share some of the ways that the Horniman is open.
Open for learning
Whether you are one of the 46,000 adults and children who visited us on a school trip last year, a member of our Youth Panel or are one of our community groups, we want you to find the Horniman friendly, fascinating and ultimately fun.
As one Year 3 pupil put it after an Ancient Egypt hands on session,
Thank you for letting me touch this amazing stuff; I never thought I could do that!
Open to the world
Just as our founder Frederick Horniman travelled the world collecting, we want to give back to all our international visitors through objects and experiences that spark off wonder and joy. We celebrate different cultures through our events and seasons, like the Festival of Brasil, which has bought Brazilian artists together with our communities to shape the Festival.
There is also a hive of international exchange going on behind the scenes. Horniman staff work with experts all over the world to exchange information and advance global knowledge on a range of topics, from examining what it means to be human to coral reproduction.
Open for sharing
Members of our communities share their thoughts, experiences, memories and stories of the Horniman with us and we love to read them.
@HornimanMuseum I miss Ginger the mummy - I used to visit him every weekend with my nan who lives in Dulwich— Karen Wright (@kazzarre) July 31, 2016
Open to everyone
The Horniman has fantastic visitors coming through the door daily, visiting our Gardens and coming to our website from every corner of the world, from south London to Samoa.
Underpinning everything we do is a desire to use our collections and Gardens to encourage a wider appreciation of the world, its peoples, cultures and environments. This spans from pond dipping sessions at the bottom of our Gardens to working with coral specialists in Australia.
So next time you are thinking of trying something new have a look at all the amazing things the Horniman has to offer and pay us a visit.
The Horniman is open!