Horniman Museum and Gardens – January events

Horniman Butterfly House
Throughout the year
10am-4pm until February / 10am-5pm March to October

Last admission 30 minutes before closing. See the website for seasonal opening times.

Get up close with hundreds of beautiful butterflies in a tropical indoor garden. The specially-planted habitat is the perfect place to experience free-flying butterflies and discover amazing facts about the life-cycle and behaviour of these fascinating creatures.

Tickets: Adult £6, Child £6, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £15 [includes voluntary 10% Gift Aid donation which supports the work of the Horniman. Standard prices also available.]

Book at or in person at the Museum. Horniman Members and Benefactors enjoy free, unlimited visits. Advance booking recommended.


British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017
To Sunday 14 January
An exhibition of over 100 photographs that showcase the beauty and diversity of wildlife in Britain. From action to pattern, the extraordinary images were all taken by talented photographers working in the UK ranging from established professionals to under-12s. Free.


Coral: Fabric of the Reef
Until Sunday 9 September
Inspired by the Horniman’s Aquarium and Natural History collection, artist Karen Dodd uses woollen fabric – dyed and sculpted, and intricately bound and stitched – to draw attention to coral and coral reefs, simultaneously celebrating their beauty and raising awareness of their vulnerability in the face of increasing environmental change.

Regular Family Events

A World of Stories
Every Sunday, from 7 January
2-2.45pm and 3.15-4pm
Enjoy stories from some of the best storytellers in London. Their tales bring the Museum’s varied collections to life and will whisk you away to faraway places and different times. Free. Suitable for families with children aged 5+.

Art Makers
Every Saturday, from 6 January
1.30-2.15pm and 2.45-3.30pm
Have fun with different art techniques to create something fabulous to take home inspired by the Horniman’s collections or seasonal celebrations. Different themes each week. Suitable for families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets: £3 Child

Busy Bees
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9 January
10-10.30am, 10.45-11.15am, 11.30am-12pm
Lively sessions for under-5s and their parents/carers during term-time. Activities include storytelling, art and craft and outdoor play. These sessions are not suitable for nursery school groups. Free, tickets available on the day.

Hands on Base: Family Activities
Every Saturday, from 6 January
11am, 11.45am and 12.30pm
Discover the collections that make the Horniman special in our Hands on Base. Each week these fun family sessions will explore a different theme using objects from our Handling Collection, from African masks to sharks jaws. Free. Suitable for families with children aged 3+.

Hands on Base: Open for All
Every Sunday, from 7 January
Touch and explore real Museum objects ranging from taxidermy to thumb pianos in our Hands on Base gallery. Everyone welcome. Free, drop-in.