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Happening at the Horniman: March 2018

As spring arrives at the Horniman we look ahead to what's happening at the Horniman in March.


Our award-winning, new exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed is now open kicking off a year of exploring the colours of the rainbow here at the Horniman. Be sure to join us to be dazzled by how colours are made and perceived.

Discover how artist Karen Dodd uses woolen fabric to create sculptures designed to draw attention to coral and coral reefs around the world with Coral: Fabric of the Reef.

  • CoralFabricoftheReef (c) KarenDodd. Photo by SophieGladstone_, Karen Dodd's woollen coral intrigues and delights in equal measure, Sophie Gladstone− © Karen Dodd
    Karen Dodd's woollen coral intrigues and delights in equal measure, Sophie Gladstone

Drop into the Natural History Gallery to see a new taxidermy loan from the Natural History Museum, a stunning Bengal tiger.

  • Happening at the Horniman: June 2017, Bengal Tiger, On loan from the Natural History Museum
    Bengal Tiger, On loan from the Natural History Museum

Coming up this month

Grab your neon glasses and your dancing shoes and join us for an incredible night of science, music, dance, and art, at the Neon Late on Thursday 1 March.

Join us for a special evening of live music performed by some of Lewisham’s best up and coming young musicians at Live at the Horniman on Friday 2 March.

on Sunday 4 March Join Live Music Now and the Horniman for an interactive and fun session of music making for families with disabled children and their siblings at All Together Now.

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

Crossing Borders: People and Places will be celebrating the diversity of our neighbourhood and the people that live in it on Saturday 10 March.

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

Every Thursday 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!

On Saturday 24 March, the Horniman Youth Panel take over the Museum for an exciting Youth Takeover Day of activities for families, inspired by Colour: The Rainbow Revealed.

On Tuesday 27 March, Hayley Pullen will be performing on a historic bassoon from 1920 that once belonged to Archie Camden for Hear it Live!

The Horniman Easter Fair will offer a chance for the whole family to enjoy the holiday on Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April. You can meet the world's unlikeliest hero with Ugly Duckling Storytelling or go on an Easter trail throughout our Gardens. 

Regular Family Activities

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

Art Makers will give you the chance to create some amazing art every Saturday.

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

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

Please Note

The Museum is now open from 10am every morning for visitors. The closing time remains 5.30pm.

The Gardens open at 7.15am from Monday to Saturday, and from 8am on Sundays, and close at 5.50pm. From 12 March until 24 March the Gardens will shut at 6.20pm, and from 25 March this will become 7.20pm.

Our African Worlds and Centenary Galleries remain closed as we undergo major new development as part of our Anthropology redisplay. Find out how these changes might affect your visit.