Horniman Museum


The Horniman, through its collections and related exhibitions and events, seeks to encourage a wider appreciation of the World, its peoples and their cultures, and its environments.

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

  • Horniman Aquarium – immerse yourself in the wonderful underwater worlds of the new Aquarium. Journey through delicate environments and ecosystems from teeming British Pond Life, stunning and sensitive Rockpools, tropical Fijian Coral Reefs, to mysterious Mangrove Swamps and a breathtaking South American Rainforest display.  Discover captivating creatures from across the world including jellyfish, seahorses and tropical monkey frogs amongst others.
  • 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
  • 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 living exhibits and fun interactive displays

The collections have been recognised as being of national importance with the Ethnography and Musical Instruments collections having Designated status. The Museum also has an active collecting policy with regular fieldwork to acquire new objects and to find out more about existing ones carried out by curators. Over 90 per cent of the collections of Anthropology and Musical Instruments have been acquired since the original bequest by Frederick Horniman in 1901.

Opening Times
Daily 10:30am – 5:30pm
Admission FREE

100 London Road
Forest Hill
SE23 3PQ

Telephone: 020 8699 1872

How to get there
National Rail:
Forest Hill
Bus routes: 176, 185, 312, 356, P4