November events at Horniman Museum

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

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.

British Sign Language Day

  • Sat 14 Nov 10.30am – 5.30pm
  • Explore the Museum with BSL-led activities and displays.
  • Free admission
  • Everyone welcome. Contact Community Learning if you would like to be involved or know more: email [email protected], text 07542 607520 or call 020 8291 8690.

Children’s and Family Activities

Make and Create

  • Every Sat from 26 Sept – 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 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 from 2 Sept – 16 Dec
  • Every Fri from 4 Sept – 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 from 5 Sept – 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.

Hands On

  • Every Saturday from 5 Sept – 12 Dec 11–11.45am and12.15 – 1pm
  • Every Sunday from 6 Sept – 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 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

  • 28Nov
  • 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.

After School Art Club: Nature


  • Every Fri from 6 Nov 4 – 5.15pm
  • Be inspired by our Nature as Designer exhibition and create your own beautiful artwork using light sensitive paper, plaster casting, printing and more.
  • Education Centre £15
  • 5 sessions
  • For both of the above courses children must be aged 8+ and do not need to be accompanied by an adult during the session. Book in advance.

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