Events @ Horniman Museum



  • Take a magical journey through rivers, seas and oceans in the Horniman’s highly acclaimed Aquarium.
  • Find out what’s lurking in British ponds, get up close to exotic sea horses and jellyfish, be dazzled by a Pacific coral reef and explore an Amazonian rainforest.
  • Admission Charges  apply, but free entry on the first Tuesday of every month from 4–5.30pm

The Art of Harmony: The V&A and Horniman Music Collections

  • From Sat 26 Mar 2011
  • Bringing together musical instruments on loan from the V&A and complementary objects from the Horniman, The Art of Harmony explores traditions of Western classical music and the varied role of instruments as makers of music, works of art and status symbols.
  • A display of rarely seen archival material examines how and why these collections came into being and looks behind the scenes at their life in the Museum.
  • Free admission

Coal, Frankincense and Myrrh – Yemen and British Yemenis

  • Until Sun 27 Feb 2011
  • Britain’s Yemenis comprise the country’s oldest established Muslim community. This exhibition explains how and why Yemeni people came to Britain, and how their migration is linked to Yemen’s ancient role as a trading nation as well as its close relationship with Britain.
  • Free admission

Tuareg: People of the Veil

  • To 27 Mar 2011
  • Tuareg: People of the Veil provides a fascinating insight into the culture of the Tuareg people of North West Africa, through the exploration of Tuareg clothing and jewellery.
  • Free admission

Special Events

London Consort of Winds

  • Sun 13 Mar
  • 1 – 4pm
  • Celebrate a medley of music from this popular ensemble.
  • Free admission

Dawn Chorus Walk

  • Sat 19 Mar
  • 5 – 6.30am
  • Be an early bird and experience the magic of dawn. Identify bird songs with expert David Darrell-Lambert on this guided walk through the gardens.
  • £4 per person
  • Everyone welcome. Children must be 5+ and accompanied by an adult.
  • Places must be booked in advance.

Nzinga Dance Ensemble Concert

  • Sun 27 Mar
  • 3 – 4pm
  • Move your feet to rhythms from Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Free admission

Children’s courses

After School Art Club: Collage on Canvas
Every Fri
4 – 5.15pm

  • Take inspiration from the wonderful creatures in the Pardhan Gond Exhibition. Learn to use painting and and collage techniques to create your own beautiful artwork on a canvas
  • £15 for 5 sessions
  • Children must be aged 8+ and do not need to be accompanied by an adult during the session.
  • Places must be booked in advance.

After School Art Club: Rubbish Art!
Every Fri from 4 Mar
4 – 5.15pm

  • Have fun using recycled materials to make brilliant new creations. Learn to create art that won’t cost the earth!
  • £15 for 5 sessions
  • Children must be aged 8+ and do not need to be accompanied by an adult during the session.
  • Places must be booked in advance.

African Drumming for Children aged 5 – 12
Every Sun (except Sun 20 Feb)
10.45 – 11.15am
11.15 – 11.45am

  • With Nzinga Dance Ensemble.
  • £25 for 10 sessions
  • For enquiries and bookings contact Nzinga Dance on 020 8314 5498, email [email protected] or by post to PO Box 36992, London SE6 4WH.

Children’s and Family Activities

  • Please ensure that children are accompanied at all times in our sessions, unless the listing states otherwise.
  • All events are free except for those with a price listing.
  • The majority of our family events are ticketed. Please collect session tickets from the Information Desk 30 minutes in advance.
  • Un-ticketed sessions are listed “Drop In”.
  • Places are limited and queuing will sometimes be necessary.

Family Storytelling – Tales from the Galleries
Every Sun to 27 Mar
2.15 – 3pm
3.30 – 4.15pm

  • Our collections and gardens come alive with enchanting stories from around the world.
  • Free admission
  • Drop in. Check the session location at the Information Desk.

Busy Bees
Every Weds to 30 Mar
Every Fri to 25 Mar
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.
  • Free admission
  • Tickets available at 10.30am and 11.30am. Check the session location at the Information Desk.

Hands On Family Workshops
Sat 5, 19 Feb; 5, 19 Mar
Sun 13, 27 Feb; 13, 27 Mar
11.45am – 12.30pm and 1 – 1.45pm

  • You can touch real museum 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.
  • Free admission
  • Hands On Base. Everyone welcome. Children must be 3+. Drop in. Free passes are available half an hour before each session from the Information Desk.

Family Art Fun
Every Saturday to 26 Mar 1.30 – 2.15pm and 2.45 – 3.30pm
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Feb 11am – 3.30pm (last entry 2.45pm)

  • Celebrate festivals and the changing seasons through art and craft.  Please visit for detailed information about individual sessions.
  • Free admission
  • For families with children aged 3+. Drop in during the school holidays, collect a free pass half an hour before each session on a Saturday.

Discovery For All
Sat 26 Feb; 12, 20 Mar
Sun 6, 20 Feb; 6, 20 Mar
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Feb
2 – 3.30pm

  • How sharp are shark’s teeth? How do you wear a sari? Have you ever played a West 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.
  • Free admission
  • Everyone welcome. Children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult.  Drop in.

African Acrobatics with Nzinga Dance
Tues 22 Feb
1.30pm and 3pm

  • Be entertained by an Nzinga acrobat, who will dazzle you with his display of African  Acrobatics, tumbling and limbo dance from Ghana.
  • Free admission
  • Everyone welcome. Drop in.

Nature Trail Discovery
Weds 23 Feb
2 – 3.30pm

  • Join Jim Murphy from the Trust for Urban Ecology and discover a winter environment of insects, animals, birds, trees, plants and amphibians.
  • Free admission
  • Everyone welcome. Children should be aged 3+ and accompanied by an adult. Free passes are available half an hour before the session from the Information Desk.

Rainforest Roadshow
Thur 24 and Fri 25 Feb
11am – 12pm, 1 – 2pm, 3 – 4pm

  • Get up close and personal with creatures, plants and objects in these engaging family sessions. Meet live animals, see real artefacts, and learn about the indigenous people of the rainforest.
  • Admission Charge

Nature In Focus: Garden birds
Fri 25 Feb
11am – 3.30pm

  • Find out what birds do in the winter and how you can help them survive until spring, with Jo Hatton, Keeper of Natural History. Make your own binoculars for an indoor birdhunt.
  • Free admission
  • Everyone welcome.

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