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SEND groups

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

Before Your Visit

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 the Aquarium is charged at £1.50 per person.
  • Entrance to Permian Monsters will be charged at £3.00 per person.
  • Entrance to both the Aquarium and Permian Monsters is charged at £4 per person.
  • Entrance to the Butterfly House is charged at £2.50 per person.
  • 1:1 carers are free of charge.

Please see Plan Your Day information to find out about opening times, galleries and busy periods.

Our Social Story introduces the Horniman and Learning staff to prepare your group for their visit – download it here:

SEND Social Story 2019

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. 

Facilities: Lunch, Cloakroom, Toilets and Café

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.

There is a Café where you can purchase food and drinks. Please note that it cannot accommodate classes and that only food purchased in the Café can be eaten there.

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

There is a small public cloakroom, space is limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

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 and the Dutch Barn is open 11am-3pm on Wednesdays to Sundays. These are located in the Bandstand terrace area. All areas are available on a first come, first served basis.

What to see and do

Look here to see what’s on ahead of your visit and to view a map. If you are a self-led group, when you arrive please go the Information Desk where you will be asked to sign in. 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.

Suggested Itinerary

You can download a suggested half and full day itinerary below.

Full day suggested itinerary

Half day suggested itinerary

Get in Touch

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. 

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