The Horniman offers a dedicated programme of workshops, object loans and careers support for secondary schools and further education colleges.
We offer a range of taught Museum workshops onsite which link to the Science, Geography, History, Art and Music curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to touch, hold and study real museum objects during these workshops.
We also offer tailor-made workshops which can take place onsite, in-school or virtually. These can explore a range of topics such as the Museum’s work around colonial histories and the climate and ecological crisis.
We can connect students with staff in other departments such as our curatorial and Aquarium teams.
We are hosting a GCSE Music Day on Thursday 8th February 2024 to support the world music area of study. Students will have the opportunity to attend live performances of traditional music from India, Africa and the Middle East. Musicians will introduce their performances which have been tailored to explore the texture and structure of traditional music from each region.
The range of objects and spaces across the Museum and Gardens provide excellent stimulus for observational sketching.
Students can connect with global cultures, the natural world and the evolving role of museums.
If you are unable to visit the Museum or as a follow-up after your visit, we offer object loans from our extensive Handling Collection at minimal cost.
Loaned objects can be handled, and used to support students’ learning in the classroom across a range of subjects. Examples of recent object loans include:
- ‘Natural Forms’ to support a GCSE Art & Design unit,
- A group of African objects to support Black History Month enrichment activities.
The Formal Learning Team hosts a small number of work experience placements each year. Museum staff also participate in outreach workshops and careers fairs to share their experience of working in the cultural sector. Please contact us for more information.
We offer an educational discount and tailor-made workshops for university groups that include:
- curator-led talks and tours,
- tailored object handling sessions exploring objects from our renowned Handling Collection,
- talks about object based practice and Museum Learning pedagogy.
During your visit
Our permanent galleries and gardens, and some temporary exhibitions including 茶, चाय, Tea (Chá, Chai, Tea), are free to visit.
Aquarium: £1.50 per person
Temporary exhibition: £3 per person
Aquarium/temporary exhibition combined entry: £4 per person
Butterfly House: £2.50 per person