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Happening at the Horniman: September 2019

There’s lots to experience at the Horniman this September.

Exhibitions and displays

  • My Model City , My Model City, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Peckham Platform, Muf Architecture
    My Model City, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Peckham Platform, Muf Architecture

We say goodbye to My Model City, the collaborative artwork that sees the streets of Peckham reimagined as a testing ground for new ways of urban living. The exhibition from the Horniman Youth Panel, Peckham Platform and Muf Architecture comes to a close on Sunday 1 September.

The photographic series Turn it Up: On Paradoxes from Jide Odukoya highlights a paradox of opulence, with underlying economic poverty. His works highlights the importance of extravagant celebration to Nigerian cultural identity because the wealth supporting it is fragile. View the spirited exhibition in the Balcony Gallery now.

The dramatic As I Live and Breathe in the Natural History Gallery and Gallery Square is open now. The thought-provoking series of works created by Award-winning, internationally exhibited visual artist Claire Morgan draw upon the theme of waste at the impact on their environment.

Say hello to Green Turtle taxidermy on loan from the Natural History Museum, and learn about what we can all do to help conserve sea turtles in the Natural History Gallery.

Brick Wonders features 50 wondrous marvels from across the world and our history, from the Great Barrier Reef to iconic landmarks such as Old London Bridge and an Ancient Egyptian pyramid. Visitors can build their own awesome creations in our two interactive play areas, take on the tower-building challenge and add to our graffiti wall. Visit the exhibition off Gallery Square until Sunday 27 October.

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.


Happening in September

We’re holding a fete of special events, In the Company of Finchcocks, to celebrate the restoration of three historical keyboard instruments from the Finchcocks Collection. Enjoy evening concerts with Helen Charlston and Terence Charlston on Wednesday 11 September, Stephen Farr on Thursday 12 September or a special Music Gallery Tour with Steven Devine on Friday 13 September.

  • Ady Suleiman and Poppy Ajudha , Ady Suleiman and Poppy Ajudha , Emerge Festival
    Ady Suleiman and Poppy Ajudha , Emerge Festival

Join us for a night of special performances in the Museum and Gardens on Friday 27 September, as part of Emerge Festival, a new London-wide festival of after-hours events.

See artists Ady Suleiman and Poppy Ajudha perform sets on the Horniman Bandstand, then join the after party inside the Museum for more live music in collaboration with Jazz re:freshed and curator's talks and tours of the musical instrument collection.

Everyone is welcome to join the Festival of Creative Ageing on Sunday 29 September. Take part in a day of musical activities and performances made by older artists working with older people from Lewisham and surrounding areas, you can get a taste of what you can do as an older person, as we launch our new Stay in Tune Thursdays programme.

  • Festival of Creative Ageing , Festival of Creative Ageing , Horniman Museum and Gardens
    Festival of Creative Ageing , Horniman Museum and Gardens

Members can enjoy exclusive events across September. Join us for Meet the Fish on Friday 6 September or Meet the Animals on Friday 13 September.

Join a late night event focussing on our only flying mammal – the bat. Bat Walk for Adults is on Friday 6 September.

Come along to Hear it Live! every Thursday and see performances and talks based 17th and 18th century instruments including three from the Finchcocks Collection.

Discover and explore the natural world in the Horniman’s first formal learning day for home educated children on Monday 23 September.

Regular Activities

  • Busy Bees, Busy Bees, Megan Taylor
    Busy Bees, Megan Taylor

Join lively Busy Bees sessions for Under 5s and their carers every Tuesday during term-time. Storytellers change every week, with enchanting stories from around the world, songs and a whole lot of Horniman fun. Sessions start on Tuesday 10 September.

Grab a golf club and give the Plonk Crazy Golf course a go. Test your wits against their 9-hole putting course. Plonk is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the Bank Holidays.

If you are a new visitor to the Horniman or would like a refresh to our collections then come along to one of our Welcome to the Horniman Tours. Tours with our fantastic Visitor Hosts take place every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. You could also take one of our Curiosity Talks for an interesting insight into all manner of things, inspired by our collections every Tuesday and Thursday.

Our library will be open to the public on Sunday 1 September. Explore some of our rare books and talk to our knowledgeable librarians.

Every Saturday morning pop down to the Horniman Farmers’ Market to pick up the freshest, local produce. Our last Horniman Farmers’ Market will be on Saturday 28 September.

Be whisked away too 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.

Please Note

The Gardens will close at 7.50pm until Sunday 8 September. From 7.20pm between Monday 9 September - Sunday 22 September and then 6.50pm from Monday 23 September.

The Music Gallery will be closed to visitors between 2.45pm - 4pm on Friday 13 September for the Tour of the Music Gallery with Steven Devine.