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Happening at the Horniman: April 2017

We have fun activities for families every day throughout the Easter Holidays

Hunt for Minibeasts on the Nature Trail, go pond dipping, join in our special Big Wednesdays with performances and storytelling, explore the Horniman through special challenges and discover real Museum objects.

Join us for the Horniman Easter Fair on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Enjoy special Alice in Wonderland Storytelling performances, an Easter Egg trail, screen printing workshops, puppet making, face painting and shopping in the Arts and Crafts Market for handmade products by local designers.


Visit The Robot Zoo, where amazing animals are recreated in robot form to reveal their inner workings. This family-friendly exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been recreated using machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide.

  • Happening at the Horniman: May 2017, The Robot Zoo
    The Robot Zoo

Don't miss your last chance to see Memorial. A Tribute to Taxidermy, a series of beautiful works created by ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long. Her works have been inspired by the Horniman’s historic collection, paying tribute to the unknown craftsmen of the past. Until Monday 1 May.

  • Happening at the Horniman: December 2016, Jazmine Miles-Long's display, Memorial. A Tribute to Taxidermy,  Phil Sofer
    Jazmine Miles-Long's display, Memorial. A Tribute to Taxidermy,  Phil Sofer
Visit the extraordinary Ganesha sculpture from the British Museum that is the centrepiece of a fascinating display exploring the imagery and symbolism associated with the elephant-headed Hindu God. See Celebrating Ganesha in Gallery Square until 23 April.

  • Celebrating Ganesha, Courtesy of the British Museum
    , Courtesy of the British Museum

Coming up this month

Hear 15 gifted and aspiring professional harpsichordists participate in the second Broadwood Horniman Harpsichord Competition on Wednesday 19 April, 10.30am – 5pm. The performances will take place on the Horniman’s 18th-century Kirckman harpsichord.

Our Libary will be open on 2 April 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.

Join us in the Music Gallery on 25 April for a Hear it Live! a talk and live performance on our 1772 Kirckman harpsichord. 

Drop into our Hands on Base on select Sundays to hold, touch and feel real Museum objects from our collection. Open to all ages. 

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

Family activities

Get your wellies on and explore spring life on the Nature Trail Welly Walk: Signs of Spring. Discover what insects, animals and plants live there and have a go at sweep-netting and tree-beating. Saturday 22 April, 1.45–3.30pm.

Our popular Busy Bees sessions for under-5s runs most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings throughout the year. 

Come to the Hands on Base on select Saturdays for family activities that will explore a different theme linked to the collections in our galleries e.g. Animals, Costume, Masks, Music and Toys to name just a few.

Let our storytellers whisk you away in our interactive World of Stories sessions on select Sundays throughout the year. 

Get messy in our Art Makers sessions on select Saturdays

Please note

The Museum is now open from 10am every morning for visitors to enjoy the free permanent galleries and The Robot Zoo exhibition. The closing time remains 5.30pm. The Gardens open at 7.15am from Monday to Saturday, and from 8am on Sundays, and close at sunset. You can find the full list of Gardens closing times on our website.

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

What's On Guides

View our latest What's On Guide here (PDF):

Print off a large print version of our What's On Guide here (Word document):