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A tall square tower with rounded edges. It has four small rounded turrets at the top and a clockface near the top of the tower. There is a door (just seen) in the base. Buildings stretch out from the Clocktower towards the camera on the left, with small trees and shrubs in front. There is a flower bed on the right hand side and a path leading between them to the tower. The day is sunny and the sky is blue.

Horniman Museum to reopen from Thursday 30 July

The Horniman Museum will reopen its doors to the public from Thursday 30 July, for the first time since mid-March.

Visitors (including Members) will need to pre-book for a free, timed entry slot, via the website.

As well as the popular galleries of natural history, world cultures and musical instruments, the Permian Monsters exhibition will also reopen on 30 July, with ticket prices from £5, and an extended run until 3 January 2021. However, some attractions will remain closed initially, including the Aquarium and Butterfly House, and some interactive exhibits have been removed or covered up.

Social distancing and other safety measures will be in place throughout the Museum, including hand sanitisation stations, an enhanced cleaning regime, updated signage and a one-way visitor route.

During the Museum’s 134-day closure, the Gardens have remained open, giving local residents much-needed green space for their daily exercise during the Coronavirus lockdown. We have gradually reopened additional facilities including the toilets and Café Kiosks in the Gardens, and the Sunday Market. The main Café will reopen at the same time as the Museum with specific safety measures in place.

Pre-booked tickets will be available on the website from Monday 20 July.

We’ve heard from many of our visitors how much they’ve missed the Museum. We are immensely grateful for their support during closure and look forward to welcoming them back.

Our priority as we return is to increase the diversity of our visitors, address our colonial history and accelerate work on the climate and ecological emergency.
Nick Merriman, Chief Executive