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A shot of the exterior of the Horniman - a large pale yellow stone clocktower with rounded edges, a building next to it with a curved roof and a mosaic, and a third structure closer to the camera with a peaked roof, made of similar stone. There is a path along the front of all three with flower beds featuring green and purple flowers in front of the camera. The sky is blue

About the Horniman

We are the Horniman Museum and Gardens, an inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free attraction 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, a Butterfly House and Natural History collection.

The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future for the world we all share.

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.

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