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Around the Horniman

Discover what you can see and do on your day out to the Horniman, from strolling around our Gardens to getting up close with marine life in our Aquarium.

Gardens remain open.

The Museum, Butterfly House and Animal Walk have closed from 16 December following Government guidelines. The Library remains closed.

The majority of the Horniman is free to enter. You can find lots of information below about the places you can visit, the displays you will see, as well as the sights and features of the Horniman. 

We also have lots of activities, trails and tours that you can take at your own pace. Find out which are the best for you.

Trails, tours and activities

Worm in soiil

Nature Challenge: Soil

Let’s celebrate World Soil Day and take a journey to discover the ground beneath our feet. Be prepared to get your hands dirty.
Painting of four people by person on stilts.

Afrikan-Caribbean Masquerade

Masquerade has always been part of Afrikan culture. Today, many do not know the history or meaning behind Caribbean masquerades.
The word MAKE! created from pencils and crayons

Create a Nature Notebook

Are you a nature explorer? Create a Nature Notebook, try different nature challenges and add them to your notebook. What will you discover about the world around you?
A plastic bottle lies discarded in a gutter surrounded by yellow leaves

Nature Challenge: Trash or Treasure

One person's trash is another person's treasure. Try this nature challenge, download the activities to add to your Nature Notebook, and see if you can make something useful out of rubbish.
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Nature Challenge: Plastic Free July

Plastic is bad for the Planet. Learn about plastics and how you can reduce your use of it in this Nature Challenge, as part of the Plastic Free July initiative.
Figure of doll with painted white face and long wide dress. The doll is holding a small pot on a stick and the doll is stood on a black box with gold detailing.

The Mindful Museum of Me

An extra special warm hello from the Horniman Museum and Gardens, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust Recovery College and Ldn Dares Drama Co. Relax and explore this mindful resource, The Mindful Museum of Me.
Sea Turtle with plastic bag in its mouth swimming in ocean.

Nature Challenge: World Oceans Day

Take part in this Nature Challenge to find out why oceans are so important and explore some of the ways that people can help ocean life.
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Make! arts and crafts tutorials

Enjoy making things? Love arts and crafts? Find some of our arts and crafts tutorials here, and make something exciting from things found around the house.
Big blooming peach roses in a flower bed with a path leading to a wooden gate behind them. The sky is blue and there are a few trees in the background

Gardens Walk

Walking is one of the simplest exercises we can do; even 10-minute…
A shallow metal water fountain with a reflection of a clocktower in it. The water in tinged with green

Architectural Walk

Clocktower The impressive Clocktower has become an iconic feature of the Horniman…
A sundial in the shape of a Butterfly, sat in amongst some shrubbery

Sundial Trail

Solar time is a bit different from clock time. We…
old tree in gardens with bandstand and city skyline in the background

Tree Trail

The Horniman Gardens are home to native and non-native species, rare specimens, and excellent tree-hugging options. Follow our trail to explore more.  

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