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Exhibitions and Displays

Stages of Making
Until 19 April

Inspired by the history of the Horniman and its collections, Stages of Making is produced by a collective of local community members working with artist Katie Schwab. Works include painted walls, table tops made from yoghurt pots and a giant rag-rug created from used t-shirts by members of the public. Visitors can join in free daily drop-in making sessions to contribute to the live Studio Archive. Free.

Turn It Up: On Paradoxes
Until Sunday 21 June

Jide Odukoya’s photographic series shows Nigeria abuzz through the lens of traditional Nigerian weddings, presented as some of the world’s most opulent ceremonies. Free.

Ed Sheeran’s Guitar
Until 31 May

On loan from Ed Sheeran MBE. See Ed Sheeran’s custom-built ‘x’ Martin & Co. acoustic-electric guitar on display in the Music Gallery.

This guitar was played during the star singer-songwriter’s 2015 North American tour promoting his phenomenally successful second studio album x (Multiply), which was released in 2014. It was used for songs such as ‘Photograph’ and ‘One’.

Made for him by C.F. Martin & Co. in Nazareth, Pennsylvania in 2015, the guitar is based on their 0-28 VS model and customised for Ed.

The guitar is inlaid with multiplication symbols on the top treble bout, and between three frets. The fretboard is also inlaid with a gecko (a copy of one of Ed Sheeran’s tattoos) in abalone. Free. 

As I Live and Breathe
Until Monday 4 May

Award-winning, internationally exhibited visual artist Claire Morgan has created stunning new pieces for the Horniman, including a dramatic installation in Gallery Square. Claire’s thought-provoking work draws on the theme of waste and the impact that humans have on their surroundings. Her pieces include thousands of fragments of colourful waste polythene frozen in time. Free.

Green Turtle
Until May 2021

A magnificent taxidermy mount of a male Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas, on loan from the Natural History Museum is on display in the Natural History Gallery. Over 100 years old, this impressive animal was collected off the coast of Nicaragua in Central America and presented to the Natural History Museum in 1906. This small display will showcase the challenges facing Green Turtles and other marine life today and what we can do to protect it. Free. 

Grasslands Garden
Open year round

Wander through wild landscapes in the Grasslands Garden, featuring spectacular plants from North American prairie and South African grasslands. Celebrating critically threatened wild landscapes, during the winter months visitors will be able to see beautiful architectural seed head heads and fading flower spikes.

Linked to the World Gallery, the naturalistic planting scheme was devised by Olympic Park designer James Hitchmough. Free. 

Regular Events

Stay in Tune Thursdays
Every Thursday (except during school holidays), 2–5pm

On Thursday afternoons during term time the Horniman will become an age-friendly space for older people to socialise. Every week will include a range of music-based activities for all abilities as well as tours, demonstrations and information stalls. Extra seating will be provided. Free, drop in.

Hear it Live!
Every Thursday, 3.30-4pm

Join us for weekly performances and talks based on our early keyboard instruments including a chamber organ and piano from the Finchcocks collection, recently restored to playing condition. Free, drop in.

Library Open Day
First Sunday of each month, 10.30am5.30pm

Browse our library collections and see some of the library treasures. Free, drop in.

‘Welcome to the Horniman’ Tours
Wednesdays and Saturdays 4pm, Sundays 11.30am

Our Visitor Hosts provide a short introduction to the Horniman on these informal tours. Free, drop in.

Curiosity Talks
Tuesdays 4pm and Saturdays, 11.30am

Enjoy talks on a range of fascinating objects and topics, delivered by our Visitor Hosts. Free, drop in.

Making Time Workshops
Daily 10.30am-12.30pm and 2.30-4pm

Come along to these creative workshops held in The Studio where our latest art exhibition, Stages of Making, is on show. Have a go at making, and try out a range of techniques inspired by some of the Horniman’s collections. Free, drop in. Please see the website for information on other pre-bookable workshops.

Horniman Market
Every Sunday, 10am–3pm

Our weekly market has moved to Sundays with the extended hours of 10am–3pm. Every Sunday you can enjoy a range of delicious hot food, pick up fresh and seasonal produce from local traders, and treat yourself to irresistible cakes and craft beer. Free entry.

Horniman Museum and Gardens
100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ

Please check the website for updates.