Horniman launches guide on Bloomberg Connects

Do you know what the oldest tree in the Gardens is? Or why our walrus lacks folds of skin? Find out the answer to these questions and more with the Horniman’s digital guide on the Bloomberg Connects app.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, south London has launched a new, digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and cultural app created by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The Bloomberg Connects app, available for download from Google Play or the App Store, makes the Horniman accessible for either on or offsite visits. Photo, audio and video features offer insights into the Horniman’s rich history, collections of Anthropology, Natural History and Musical Instruments, and the living collections in its 16 acres of beautiful Gardens, Aquarium, Butterfly House and Animal Walk.

From a wellbeing wander to the lifespan of a jellyfish, users can discover more about the Horniman and its collections and enrich their visit both onsite and from home.

Why doesn’t the iconic Horniman walrus have any wrinkles? What is the oldest tree in the Gardens? Through vibrant content, expert curators become expert guides as they take users through the collections. Stroll through the Gardens with the Head of Horticulture, hear about the ground-breaking work of Project Coral from the Aquarium Curator, discover more about some of the instruments in the Music Gallery from the Senior Curator of Musical Collections and Cultures, and find out about the walrus’s lack of wrinkles from the Senior Curator of Natural Sciences.

A variety of trails and tours open up the Horniman further, with interactive pins allowing users to explore points of interest along the way.

Users can choose from:

  • Gardens walk
  • Interactive walk
  • Sundial trail
  • Tree trail
  • Hair trail
  • Architectural trail
  • Horniman highlights
We are delighted to join the many cultural institutions around the globe on Bloomberg Connects . There is so much to see, do and learn here at the Horniman and this guide gives our visitors, both in person and online, a new way to explore our wonderful collections and grounds. Being part of this partnership couldn’t be more timely. As we continue our work in broadening our audiences the guide will help us to share our work and collections more widely, and we are excited about the opportunities being part of the Bloomberg Connects community will bring.
Connie Churcher, Digital Manager