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Happening at the Horniman: May 2018

The Gardens are bursting to life and so is our events calendar. Here’s what’s happening at the Horniman this May.


Our award-winning, new exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed is open and a great way to keep the little ones entertained during the holidays. 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

May Half Term

On Tuesday 29 May, discover the variety of wildlife living in our Nature Trail Pond with Pond Dipping. Or join us for a Minibeast Safari on Thursday 31 May.

Join us for a day celebrating bees and their importance to our ecosystems with Big Wednesday: The Great British Bee Count, taking place on Wednesday 30 May.

Every weekday in half term except Wednesday, we’ll be having some Family Art Fun. Why not join us?

Happening in May

Join us for a special celebration of all things coral reef related, as we dive down deep beneath the waves to take a closer look at this threatened underwater world. Enjoy exclusive installations, performances, and films as well as face-painting and craft workshops, at our Under the Sea Late on Thursday 17 May.

On Tuesday 29 May join us for Hear it Live! and hear the work of the Goldsmiths Gamelan Group as they perform traditional and contemporary pieces on the enchanting Goldsmiths gamelan degung orchestra from the Sunda region of Indonesia.

Regular Activities

Every Saturday pop down to the Horniman Farmer’s Market to pick up the freshest, local produce.

Every Thursday (with the exception of Thursday 31 May) you can learn more about our incredible musical collection with Music Matters!

On Sunday 6 May, our library will be open to the public to explore some of our rare books and talk to our knowledgeable librarians.

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, taking place every Tuesday and Wednesday during term time.

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. The Gardens will close at 8.50pm.

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.