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90 mins; Mondays/Tuesdays, autumn and spring term only; £147.00 including VAT

Discover our Indian sanchar rod puppets, hear the story of Rupa the Elephant and her friends. Then make a rod puppet inspired by the story to take home. This session is suitable for Years 1 and 2 it is not suitable for Nursery age pupils.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about some of our world collection of rod and stick puppets.
  • Look at the different materials used to make puppets and how they work.
  • Understand that puppets are used for communiction and storytelling.
  • Develop basic art and craft skills. 

Examples of the puppets made in the sessions 

     MaTaP elephant and tiger MaTaP leopard and peacock


 The Horniman is an Arts Award Supporter and Artsmark Partner!

Our Make and Take a Puppet sessions can be put towards parts A, B and C of your group's Discover or Explore awards.

Find out more about Arts Award and Artsmark here 


How to book

Booking a taught session includes a welcome briefing on arrival, timed access to a lunch space, cloakroom facilities and access to toilets for the exclusive use of school groups.  To contact us to make a booking please call 020 8291 8686 or by email schools@horniman.ac.uk

 Our taught sessions start at:

  • 10.30-11.15am   (lunch room 12-12.30pm)
  • 11.45-12.30pm   (lunch room 1-1.30pm)
  • 1.30-2.15pm       (lunch room 12.30-1pm)

When you contact us:  Please have ready the name of the taught session you would like to book or topic you are studying, 1st/2nd/3rd choice of date and preferred session time, and the number of pupils and adults.


Entrance to the Horniman Museum and Gardens is free of charge. Taught sessions and access to some exhibitions are charged for. We invoice after your visit.

From September 2019 the following charges will apply

45 minute object handling, museum and garden sessions (up to 30 pupils): £72.50 ex VAT (£87.00 inc VAT) per session

30/45 minute object handling sessions for Special Education Needs classes (up to 12 pupils): £36.25 ex VAT (£43.50 inc VAT) per session

60 minute Gamelan and 90 minute sessions (up to 30 pupils): £122.50 ex VAT (£147.00 inc VAT) per session

We offer a bursary

Essential information

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See Plan Your Day for other essential information including our Risk Assessment 2019 - 20