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Happening at the Horniman: January 2019

Happy New Year from the Horniman.  There's lots of activities to get your year off to a great start. You could explore our 16-acre gardens or take part in our new curiosity tours.


  • _D3_0097 , James Morgan
    , James Morgan

Sea Nomads, a spectacular view of the culture of the Bajau Laut from award-winning director and photographer James Morgan. The Bajau Laut have adapted to a maritime environment over the generations and this exhibition highlights their efforts to preserve their way of life. You can see the free exhibition in the Balcony Gallery from 26 January.

We say goodbye to Yamal: The Stream of Life, the stunning photography exhibition that follows the lives of the Nenets in the Yamal region of Northwest Siberia. The exhibition closes on 6 January. If you missed it, learn more about the Nenets and Bryan Alexander’s photography on his website focused on artic life.

Visit The Lore of the Land in The Studio space. The exhibition features over 100 objects from the Horniman’s collections and some of the ceramics dispense smells inspired by the Gardens.

Trophy heads of crocheted life-size animals loom over visitors to the Natural History Gallery. EVOLUTION of The Artist and The Exhibited Works by artist Shauna Richardson is on until 17 March.

Coming up this month

Starting from 5 January, Curiosity Talks and Welcome Tours will be happening on select days throughout the year. They offer a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the Horniman’s vast collections. Check the What’s On Calendar to find out more.

Have you ever wondered what goes into taking care of all our special objects? Members and Benefactors can join us on 25 January for an insight into the care and repair of our objects with Conservators Julia and Charlotte at our Members' Behind the Scenes Tours.


Regular Activities

  • Boy at Busy Bees, Megan Taylor
    , Megan Taylor

Pop-in the Farmers Market every Saturday for goods from local traders and artisans.

Our Library is open to the public every first Sunday of the month with no need to book an appointment.

Our Busy Bees sessions for under 5’s are now running every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Art Makers is back on Saturdays with arts and crafts for Children aged 3+

The Hands on Base will be open every weekend for you to explore our Handling collection and take part in family-friendly activities.

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

Join us Saturday mornings for Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers, sessions explore animals, costumes, masks, music and toys to name just a few. Sessions are aimed at families with children, but everyone is welcome.

Hands on Base: Open for All returns 13 January, with chances every Sunday to get up close with our collections.

Please note

The Gardens will close at 4.20pm until 27 January and from 28 January close at 5.20pm.