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Happening at the Horniman: February 2019

Don’t have a dull moment this Half-Term. There’s plenty of sessions and activities to take part in throughout the week and across February.


Join us for our new brick-tastic family-friendly exhibition Brick Wonders opening 16 February. The exhibition will feature 50 wondrous marvels from across our known universe, from the Great Barrier Reef to iconic landmarks such as Old London Bridge and an Ancient Egyptian pyramid. Visitors can even build their own awesome creations and take on the tower-building challenge in our two interactive play areas.

  • Sea Nomads, D3_0097, James Morgan
    D3_0097, James Morgan

Capture the lives of the Bajau Laut, in James Morgan’s stunning photography exhibition Sea Nomads, now open in the Balcony Gallery. The Laut people have adapted to aquatic environments for generations, and in the last two decades, they have had to move more inland. This exhibition highlights their efforts to conserve their culture.

The Lore of the Land by Serena Korda and the Collective is open in the Studio space. The multi-sensory installation features scent dispensing ceramic sculptures and a soundscape inspired by the chemical processes of plants and trees.

Have you seen the life-size crotchetdermy® animals in the Natural History Gallery? Shauna Richardson has revived the once dying practice of crochet with the technique of skin creation from interlocked stitches. See EVOLUTION of The Artist and The Exhibited Works in the Natural History Gallery.

Inspired by the expansive collections at the Horniman, Joshua Sofaer has created a series of fake noses as part of an Artquest research residency. Visit the intriguing display, Horniman Noses in the Natural History Gallery.

Always Part of the Story depicts hidden and visible aspects of disability. The display from The Access Advisory Group shows that the world can be experienced and understood in many ways. The display is on until June 2020 in World Gallery.

Also, don’t forget to drop into the Natural History Gallery and say hello to Bengal tiger taxidermy, on loan from the Natural History Museum.

  • Taxidermy of Bengal Tiger, Taxidermy of Bengal Tiger, Item loan from the Natural History Museum
    Taxidermy of Bengal Tiger, Item loan from the Natural History Museum


  • Bricks McGee, Bricks McGee
    , Bricks McGee

Gain fresh insights on our vast collections in Outset Teen Tours, supported by Outset and in partnership with Mishcon de Reya.

Join the free and fabulous craft activities with Family Art Fun, running Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during Half Term. Create model dinosaurs and their environment or beautiful bird boxes or get close to the objects in Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers.

Join us Wednesday 20 February for Big Wednesdays: Wonderful World, a day of performances and storytelling with a Brick Wonders twist.

Tickets are selling out fast for our LEGO® building and making workshops with LEGO® artist and fan Bricks McGee. Workshops take place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Half-Term.

If you do miss out on tickets, there is an interactive play area in the Brick Wonders exhibition, including Duplo® area for the under 5’s.

Coming up this month

All Together Now organised with Live Music Now is a bi-monthly music club for families with children with disabilities and their siblings. The session takes place on Saturday 3 February.

Our Library will be open on Sunday 4 February for the Library Open Day. There is no need to make an appointment - just pop in to browse our collections, chat to the Librarian and see some of the Library's treasures. 

Don't forget to pop by our Farmers' Market every Saturday for delicious food and to stock up on local produce.

Every Thursday (except 21 February), a group of adult music-lovers will meet at the Museum to listen to music and learn about musical traditions inspired by the Horniman collections for Music Matters!

Led by the Aquarium Curator Jamie Craggs and Deputy Aquarium Curator Michelle Davis, members and benefactors can go behind the scenes of our Aquarium and learn more about aquatic animals and environments. Members Meet the Fish takes place Friday 15 February.

Join us for a performance by Rosie Manford at Hear it Live! on Tuesday 26 February. Rosie specialises in the Harpsichord, a keyboard instrument that evolved during the 16th – 18th century.

Regular Family Activities

Be whisked away to far off places with A World of Stories every Sunday.

Create some amazing art in Art Makers every Saturday.

Join us for Busy Bees - lively sessions for under 5s, including storytelling, art and craft and outdoor play on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Hands on Base will be open every weekend for you to explore our Handling collection.

Please Note

The Gardens open at 7.15am from Monday to Saturday, and from 8am on Sundays, and close at 5.20pm. From 11 February, the gardens will close at 5.50pm.