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Plantastic Seeds

Find out all about seed dispersal in this hands-on session.

From a seed larger than your head to one lighter than a feather, discover seeds that can swim, fly, explode and even hitch a lift.

This session takes place indoors. Please do however take the opportunity before or after the session to take your class outside and explore our Gardens and Nature Trail.

Pupils will be handling seeds and nuts in this session. If you have pupils with nut and any other allergies please let us know so we can include alternative objects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand pollination and seed formation
  • Understand how some plants grow from a seed
  • Understand that seeds are dispersed in different ways including wind, water and animals

’The session was brilliant for consolidating the knowledge they had acquired in class and supporting them to apply this knowledge in a hands-on and meaningful manner.’ – Teacher

If you would like to visit our Butterfly House reduced admission is available for school groups: £2.50 inc. VAT per person. 1:1 carers free of charge. Entrance to the Butterfly House is limited so to avoid disappointment please contact or 020 8291 8686 to book in advance of your visit.


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:
– 45 minute or 1 hour object handling session, (up to 30 pupils): £72.50 ex VAT (£87.00 inc VAT) per session
– 30/45 minute object handling sessions for Special Education Needs classes (up to 12 pupils): £36.25 ex VAT (£43.50 inc VAT) per session
– 60 minute Gamelan and 90 minute sessions (up to 30 pupils): £122.50 ex VAT (£147.00 inc VAT) per session.

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

Planning your visit

See Plan Your Day for other essential information including our Risk Assessment.

We are open from 10am-5.30pm, 6 days a week; the Museum will be closed on Wednesdays. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free of charge but must be booked in advance by emailing

We are open from 10am–5.30pm. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free of charge.

Entrance to our temporary exhibition, Monkey Business, can be booked for a reduced educational rate of £3 per person. Our Butterfly House and Aquarium will remain closed to school groups at this time to allow for social distancing. Charges apply to all children aged 3 years and over, and all accompanying teachers and adults, unless they are specific 1:1 carers.