October events at Horniman Museum

October 1, 2009toOctober 31, 2009

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Temporary Exhibitions

The Robot Zoo

  • Until Sun 8 Nov 2009
  • Enter this amazing world of robotic creatures and discover mind-boggling facts about animals that share our world. These animal robots and hands-on  interactives show fascinating real life characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colour and how a giant squid jets around. Learn about powerfulsprings that launch a grasshopper into the air and how a bat locates prey in the dark using special equipment.
  • Models show the animals’ insides as a host of familiar machine parts and gadgets, such as shock absorbers and pumps, which demonstrate mechanisms that make animals work. This blockbuster show is in the UK for the first time and provides fantastic hands-on fun for the whole family.
  • Adults £5, Concs £3, Children £2.50, Children under 3 FREE

China: Symbols In Silk

  • Until Sun 25 Oct 2009
  • This beautiful exhibition features historic textiles including silk objects, from embroidered robes to exquisite shoes, as well as altar pieces and a figure of the Buddha Sakyamuni.
  • Free admission

Sound Designs

  • Until Sun 1 Nov 2009
  • Fascinating drawings of musical instruments from the Horniman’s Boosey and Hawkes archive. The drawings provide an insight into the technical innovations that established Boosey and Hawkes as one of the premier instrument manufacturers.
  • Free admission

Medicinal Garden

  • Until Sun 30 Aug 2010
  • Have you ever taken Echinacea to help prevent a cold, used Eucalyptus to unblock a stuffy nose or used witch Hazel for a skin complaint? Come and visit our new garden display to see these and many other plants with healing properties for different parts of the body.
  • Free admission

Nature as Designer

  • Sat 3 Oct 2009 – Sun 10 May 2010
  • Nature acts as an inspiration for artists and designers. This unusual exhibition combines photography, design and nature and includes beautiful large scale photographic images of
  • objects displayed in unexpected and truly inventive ways.
  • Free admission

Fabric of a Nation

  • Sat 28 Nov 2009 – Sun 28 Feb 2010
  • Fabric of a Nation focuses on the role of printed cloths and their designs as anexpression of cultural, social and political identity in modern Ghana, cutting acrossethnic and language differences. This exhibition reveals that these beautiful fabrics play an integral role in many aspects of daily life such as ceremonies, politics and religion.
  • Free admission

Darwin 200 Photographic Competition: Exploring and Investigating Nature

  • Fri 20 Nov 2009 – Sun 11April 2010
  • Darwin’s spirit of exploration and investigation has inspired people of all ages to capture the beauty of nature. This exhibition of stunning photographs shows the winning entries selected by our panel of judges.
  • Free admission

Treasured Traditions from Europe
Join us for a series of free performances that feature the vocal and instrumental music of south eastern and central Europe.

Giewont – Music of the Górale Mountaineers

  • Sun 4 Oct 3– 4pm
  • This ensemble, with violinists Krzysztof and Michał Ćwizewicz, will explore the special musical forms and rhythms associated with the Podhale region in Poland’s Tatra mountains. Many artists have found inspiration here, among them the composer Karol Szymanowski.

Special Events

Nature Trail Discovery

  • Wed 28 Oct 2 – 3.30pm
  • Join Jim Murphy from the Trust for Urban Ecology and discover an environment of insects, animals, birds, trees, plants and amphibians preparing for the autumn and
  • winter months.
  • Free admission
  • Everyone welcome. Children must be aged 3+ and accompanied by an adult. Tickets available half an hour before the session from the Information Desk. Limited spaces.

Nature in Focus: Hibernation

  • Fri 30 Oct 11.30am – 4pm
  • Find out about animal hibernation and how you can help animals prepare for winter, with Jo Hatton, Keeper of Natural History.
  • Natural History Gallery
  • Free admission
  • Everyone welcome. Drop in.

Halloween Walk with Mr Horniman

  • Fri 30 Oct 5.30–6.15pm and 6.30 – 7.15pm
  • Join Mr Horniman for a spooky walk through the Gardens with frightening stories galore from around the world.
  • £3 Adults, children free
  • For families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limited spaces.
  • Book in advance.

The Big Draw

  • Sat 10 Oct 1.30 –3.30 pm
  • Be inspired by the beautiful and exotic plants in the Horniman Gardens. Design your own flowers, either real or imaginary, then make them using colourful wire and pipe-cleaners.
  • Free admission
  • Everyone welcome. For all ages. Drop in. Limited spaces.

Minibeast Workshop

  • Mon 26 Oct 11.30am – 12.15pm and 1 – 1.45pm
  • Join animal expert Andrew Smith for a special workshop exploring the fascinating ways we identify and group animals.
  • Gallery Square
  • Free admission

Children’s and Family Activities

Family Art Fun

  • Mon 26, Tues 27,Wed 28,Thurs 29, Fri 30 Oct
  • 11.30am– 3.30pm
  • Join us in the school holidays for creative drop-in sessions. Create owl masks and ghostly string puppets for Halloween.
  • Education Centre
  • Free admission
  • For families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in. Queuing may be necessary. Last entry 2.45pm.

Make and Create

  • Every Sat to 12 Dec
  • 1.30 – 2.15pm and 2.45 – 3.30pm
  • Celebrate festivals and the changing seasons through art and craft each weekend.
  • Make Diwali decorations, sugar skulls for Day of the Dead, join us for the Big Draw, and get creative for Hannukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Visit www.horniman.ac.uk for detailed information about individual sessions as some are repeated.
  • Education Centre
  • Free admission
  • For families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available half an hour before the session from the Information Desk. Limited spaces.

Busy Bees

  • EveryWed to  16 Dec
  • Every Fri to 11 Dec
  • 10.30am, 11.15am and 12pm
  • Fun sessions for Under 5s and their carers discovering the Museum. Creative play, enchanting stories from around the world, Museum objects and simple craft activities, changing every week.
  • Hands On Base/Education Centre/Dutch Barn
  • Free admission
  • For families with children aged under 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available from the Information Desk at 10.30am and 11.30am. Limited spaces.

Family Storytelling -Tales from the Galleries

  • Every Sat to 19 Dec
  • 2.15 – 3pm and 3.30 – 4pm
  • Our collections and Gardens come alive with enchanting stories from around the world.
  • Free admission
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in. Check at the Information Desk for the location of the session.

Family Tours with Miss Horniman

  • Mon 26, Fri 30 Oct
  • 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
  • Find out what Miss Horniman thinks of her father’s Museum.
  • Free admission
  • Everyone welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in. Check at the Information Desk for the location of the session.

Nature Explorers

  • Tues 27,Thurs 29 Oct
  • 11am–12pm, 1–2pm and 2.20–3.30pm
  • Explore the natural environment with fun-filled activities inspired by our Gardens and Nature Trail. Visit www.horniman.ac.uk for detailed information about individual sessions.
  • Education Centre/Gardens
  • Free admission
  • For families with children aged 5+.Tickets available half an hour before the session from the Information Desk. Limited spaces.

Hands On

  • Every Saturday to 12 Dec 11–11.45am and12.15 – 1pm
  • Every Sunday to 13 Dec 2 – 2.45pm and 3.15 –4pm
  • Touch real objects from all over the world in these family sessions. Explore animals, toys, puppets, music, costume and much more in themed workshops using our amazing handling collection. Please visit www.horniman.ac.uk for detailed information about individual sessions and additional Saturday afternoon sessions.
  • Hands On Base
  • Free admission
  • For families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available half an hour before the session from the InformationDesk. Limited spaces.

Discovery For All

  • 10, 24 Oct
  • Mon 26 –Thurs 29 Oct
  • 2–3.30pm
  • How sharp are shark’s teeth? How do you wear a sari? Have you ever played aWest African thumb piano, balanced a gourd on your head or stroked a badger? Explore thousands of real objects from around the world in these special sessions.
  • Hands On Base
  • Free admission
  • Everyone welcome. Children must be aged 3+ and accompanied by an adult. Drop in, some queuing may be necessary.

Where can I find out more?
Read the Fun Kids review on the Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum was founded by Victorian tea trader Frederick Horniman in 1901, and is where you can discover the natural and cultural world:

  • Horniman Aquarium; dive into an underwater world
  • Music Gallery; sound out instruments from every continent
  • African Worlds; celebrate Africa’s history and diversity
  • Centenary Gallery; encounter world cultures
  • Natural History Gallery; step back in time
  • Environment Room; the Environment Room is now closed but the bees will be buzzing back next spring.
  • Hands on Base; touch and explore real objects
  • Library; find out more about the collections
  • Gardens; enjoy 16 acres of beautiful green space
  • NEW Nature Base; explore the natural world with the Horniman beehive and fun interactive displays