Animals and their Habitats

How have animals adapted to their homes? Discover for yourself as you get hands on with taxidermy animals from different habitats.

Identify animals that live in a range of extreme environments, explore the features of real taxidermy animals to discover their amazing adaptations, and discuss some of the challenges these creatures face in our changing world… and what we can do to help.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe what a habitat is and what it provides an animal with.
  • Describe the conditions and challenges of different habitats worldwide.
  • Identify and name some of the different animals in the above habitats.
  • Describe some simple ways in which the animal is suited to that habitat.

“They learnt how animals adapt to their surroundings. They also learnt about taxidermy.” Teacher

The Horniman is the perfect place to explore your topic further. Explore live mammals and birds living in our free Animal Walk (open from 12.30pm), plants and wildlife across our 16 acres of Gardens, or the relationship between animals and humans in our World Gallery. You can also visit our Aquarium (reduced schools rate applies) to explore amphibians, fish and invertebrates from frogs to jellyfish to corals.

Please note that our Natural History Gallery  is now closed as part of a major 2-year redevelopment, Nature + Love. The rest of our Galleries, displays and Gardens will be open as usual, with plenty across the site to support your topic (from our free Animal Walk, to our World Gallery). Our schools workshops are unaffected.

We will be opening a new, free temporary exhibition about the natural world, animals and their habitats, in September 2024.

Workshop information

How to book

Booking a taught session includes a welcome briefing on arrival, timed access to a lunch space, cloakroom facilities and access to toilets for the exclusive use of school groups.

Contact us to make a booking:
020 8291 8686

When you contact us please have ready:

– the name of the taught session you would like to book or topic you are studying,

-1st/2nd/3rd choice of date and preferred session time,

– the number of pupils and adults attending.


Entrance to the Horniman Museum and Gardens is free of charge. Taught sessions and access to some exhibitions are charged for. We invoice after your visit.

The following charges apply:

Mainstream State schools: £90 including VAT, £75 excluding VAT

Private/independent schools: £129.60 including VAT, £108 excluding VAT

SEND schools and groups: £45 including VAT, £37.25 excluding VAT

We offer a bursary scheme for schools that meet a set criteria.

Planning your visit

See the School Trips page for other essential information including our risk assessment.

We are open from 10am-5.30pm, 7 days a week. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free of charge but must be booked in advance by emailing

We offer reduced educational rates for our Aquarium, Butterfly House, and Temporary exhibition. See the School Trips page for further information.

Charges apply to all children aged 3 years and over, and all accompanying teachers and adults, unless they are specific 1:1 carers.