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Happening at the Horniman: March 2017

Welcome to The Robot Zoo

Join us for an evening safari around the Museum at our Robot Zoo Late on 2 March. Play with giant robot animals in our popular new exhibition, meet exotic sea creatures in our acclaimed Aquarium, catch sight of animal animations, and get hands-on with specimens from our Natural History collection. There will be an expert panel discussing ‘Intelligent Life: The Robot, Animal and Human Zoo’ as well as music, food, drink and grown-up games. Over-18s only.


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.

See ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long’s fascinating and thought-provoking display Memorial. A Tribute to Taxidermy until 1 May. Inspired by pieces selected from the Horniman’s historic collection, Jazmine pays tribute to the unknown craftsmen of the past to produce a series of beautiful works that explore the journey from taxidermist to Museum. 

Don't miss the chance to see an 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


Our Libary will be open on 5 March for a special World Book Day 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 28 March for a Hear it Live! a talk and live performance on our 1772 Kirckman harpsichord. 

Join us to celebrate the diversity of our Forest Hill neighbourhood and the people that live here through storytelling, art and craft activities and immersive theatre performances at our Crossing Borders event on 11 March

Interested in Music? Come to our Music Matters workshops for adults and join a group of music-lovers who meet every Thursday afternoon to listen to music and learn about musical traditions inspired by the Horniman collections. 

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

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

  • Lyre, Music Matters workshop
    Music Matters workshop

Family activities

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 this month. On Saturday 14 March we are exploring Nature - find out why different mini-beasts, animals and plants are so important to people and the planet and then touch amazing objects from our collection. On Saturday 18 March we are looking at toys - find out why toys and playing are so important, then have fun playing with some of the toys from our collection. 

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. On Saturday 4 March are making Nature Nests and on Saturday 18 March we are making beautiful Cherry Blossom Trees.

  • A world of stories, Storytelling at the Horniman
    Storytelling at the Horniman

Please note that 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):