SEND groups

The Horniman is a great place to visit for SEND groups - here's some information to help you plan your day.

Have you considered a taught session? We offer 30-45 minute, hands-on sessions on a range of topics. See the full list of sessions.

Please get in touch to discuss how we can best meet the needs of your students and support your visit. We are happy to tailor sessions and create bespoke ones, given notice and capacity.

Please contact 0208 291 8686 or email schools@horniman.ac.uk to make a booking.

Reduced exhibition entry rate is available for school groups.

Please book in advance. Details for booking are as above.

  • Entrance to Monkey Business will be charged at £3.00 per person.
  • Entrance to both the Aquarium and Monkey Business is charged at £4 per person.
  • 1:1 carers are free of charge.

Getting Here

The Horniman is easily accessible by public transport. Please see here for additional information.

If you are bringing a minibus, you can drive onsite to drop off students, but please note that there is no guaranteed minibus parking available onsite. There is limited accessible parking available onsite that is allocated on a first come, first served basis. All other vehicles must park offsite.

Please note, for vehicles coming onsite access is through the Horniman Drive gates only.

The Museum is wheelchair friendly with accessible toilets and a lift. Some parts of the Gardens, including the Animal Walk, can be steep and difficult to negotiate for wheelchair users. Find full access details here.

School groups with taught sessions have an allocated lunch time and room with storage space for lunch boxes and coats.

Please do not eat in the Museum; crumbs encourage pests, which in turn eat our collections.

The Gardens are available for picnicking. Our outdoor picnic tables are available every day during Garden opening hours.  All areas are available on a first come, first served basis.

Look here to see what’s on ahead of your visit and to view a map.

All groups will be given arrival instructions upon booking; please follow these when you reach the Museum.

If you are having a taught session please follow the instructions sent to you by our bookings team.

The Horniman has a number of galleries and 16 acres of Gardens which you can visit free of charge.

Multi-sensory opportunities in the galleries include:

  • taxidermy animals which you can touch;
  • live specimens (bee hive and harvest mice) which you can observe in the Nature Base;
  • sound tables in the Music Gallery and an outdoor space with musical instruments to explore; and
  • Display Gardens.

We would love to hear from you.

Contact us on 020 8291 8686 or email schools@horniman.ac.uk to help us plan your session or visit.