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  • 5.0 star rating
    19/3/2013
    8 check-ins here

    Brilliant place, but full of children. Really - it's teaming with them! I personally love the grounds for a walk and the aquarium. I am planning to take two friends and their progeny here next month, on a Saturday, I must be mad!

    Seriously, it's a very educational, fun and interactive place - really good for kids and absolutely packed with stuff to look at, read, touch and enjoy. For the weary, there is a good cafe that does surprisingly good coffee, but no skimmed milk though :-(

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/4/2013
    1 check-in here

    Cute little museum. Its quite small but has a load of really interesting, unique items. The overstuffed walrus was one of my faves and I really liked all the areas about the indigenous people of different countries. They have a huge section about different instruments as well.

    I stopped in the cafe and had a wander around the gardens. Its a great day out!

  • 3.0 star rating
    26/3/2013

    Went here on Saturday on a bit of a whim, as my original plans fell through because of snowy weather. I'm glad they did, because this is a hidden gem of a museum that, if it was located in central London, would probably be an overcrowded mess. It's a great place for kids, and there were a lot of families there, but it felt like it was mostly people local to the Forest Hill area.

    The aquarium was my favourite part - for 3 pounds you can wander around a surprisingly good aquarium that is beautifully set up. Most of their exhibits are free, including the stuffed animal exhibit with the giant, overstuffed walrus! They have beautiful photographs of sea life, as well, which are unmissable.

    I thought the musical instrument exhibit was only alright, but I'm not a fan of looking at history through musical instruments, anyway. The interactive element looked really interesting at this exhibit, but there are only two small interactive stations, so it was too difficult to get a closer look.

    Overall, it's a small museum with an eclectic collection, but worth a visit. I definitely plan on going back in the summer when I can also have a wander around the grounds.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/3/2011
    9 check-ins here

    You can spend hours here.
    Lovely permanent & temporary  exhibition of anthology, natural history, aquarium & musical instruments.
    Great for adults &  children with art, craft, & storytelling sessions. Also have cafe & gift shop

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/2/2011
    1 check-in here

    Great museum in lovely grounds, good day out for the whole family, but be warned, as of Feb '11, you now have to pay for the aquarium (which was previously one of the highlights, being free), the grounds are being dug up for work and the hands-on space in the music room (another highlight) is temporarily closed.

    Ah, and one last thing, the cafe food is awful and over-priced. Stick to coffee and cake and you should be ok!

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/5/2009

    An excellent Museum and garden in a hard to locate part of south London. If you baulk at the prices charged at The London aquarium, do come here and take the kids too. Of course if you don't have any then still go and see some excellent displays. I love the moon jellyfish which is displayed very simply in a bright blue background...

    The gardens them self are worth a stroll as some are themed. Oh do look out for the great views of London near the animal collection. Then finish it off by visiting the cafe which serves an interesting menu of international food.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/10/2009

    Fantastic Museum with lovely gardens to walk around on a nice day. Never overly busy and has some great exhibits. I particularly loved the aquarium downstairs (the sea horses in particular where hypnotically fascinating)

    The musical instruments were fun too.. (when I managed to push my way in front of the children for a " play" myself ;) )

    a family friendly museum that will keep all occupied and entertain children of all ages :)

    a number of London Buses (176, 197, 356, P4 and 185)  stop right outside the museum so getting to it is not a problem.

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/9/2009

    I was shocked at how quiet it was here...because its so flippin fantastic. No one seems to have heard of it! As soon as i saw the totem pole outside the main building, i knew this place was going to be special.

    Their collections are insanely big and fascinating. Especially the musical instruments and stuffed animals! I would also go back just to watch the jelly fish in the aquarium. And maybe the seahorses!

    The gardens were an unexpected delight.

    If i lived closer, i would go here once a week!

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/8/2013

    A fantastic place for anyone and everyone (including families) to enjoy the gardens, grounds, conservatory and cafe during the warm weather.  Also the perfect place to marvel at the museum, aquarium and exhibits.  No matter how many times you visit, you will never get bored!

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/7/2009

    This Museum used to be one of my favourites but then it changed. Normally I embrace change. I love the shock of the new. But when they redesigned the Horniman, for me, they changed it for the worse. From a collection of anthropological gems in original display cases that was reminiscent of the Pitt Rivers in Oxford to displays more akin to slightly over conscious visitors centers. Trying to hard to make you see thing differently. And still I would recommend the Horniman. They didn't mean to hurt my feelings after all. Give them a chance you may like it.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/4/2010

    An odd agglomeration of bulidings, an odd collection of things, an odd legacy, free forever, in the middle of nowhere, and rather beautiful, in the spirit of the John Soane museum or the Ashmolean. Not to be missed.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/12/2008
    First to Review

    It is quite a rare thing to find a museum with such varied permanent and temporary exhibitions that is not always insanely busy.

    Being located in the depths of South London, it remains rather undiscovered to most Londoners, which although a shame, does make it a lot nicer to wonder around.

    The Horniman is probably most famous for its collection of African artifacts. You then have the aquarium, hands on and interactive exhibitions, cases of ancient musical instruments from around the world and most memorable in my mind, the giant stuffed walrus sitting in the middle of the natural history room.

    Entrance is free so there is no harm in having a look around, the café is really nice to sit in and the gardens surrounding it are beautiful.

    Perfect for children and adults.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/5/2009

    Okay, I didn't actually go here... but I tried to and couldn't find it.  It sounded right up my alley though...

  • 3.0 star rating
    11/2/2010

    The Horniman Museum just didn't entirely float my boat.  I mean, sure the outside is lovely with beautiful gardens and lots of green space.  The staff were impeccably friendly.  They have lots of cool stuff.  And yet, I couldn't help but feel that the dark exhibits rooms and presentation style were oppressive and intentionally garish.  It was not very busy on a Thursday afternoon, and as a result, I was alone walking through the darkened halls.  Despite realistically knowing that I was probably being watched by several cameras, I had this strange fearful feeling that someone was going to jump round a corner and assault me at any moment.  I'm not normally a jumpy person, but my hair was standing on end. That being said, I greatly enjoyed the aquarium downstairs, which was a refreshingly alive exhibition in comparison to all the stuffed dead things in the Natural History section of the museum.  The jellyfish were memorizing, and I loved the way you could look down into the pools of water for an above look at the day to day lives of aquatic life.  Overall, I wouldn't recommend that anybody travel more than 20 minutes to visit the Horniman Museum.

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