World Gallery
Now Open

The World Gallery is a new permanent gallery which celebrates human creativity, imagination and adaptability, displaying over 3,000 extraordinary objects from the Horniman’s internationally important anthropology collection.

Presented as a series of encounters with cultures from across the continents, the gallery gives visitors a glimpse into other ways of understanding the world. The displays include a beautiful camel saddle from North Africa, Chinese paper offerings, the prow of a Libyan refugee boat, a Native American tomahawk and a sword made of sharks’ teeth from Kiribati in the Central Pacific. These are complemented by new acquisitions and commissions, as well as sections on different ways of categorising objects and on the history of the Museum.

The opening of the World Gallery is the culmination of a five-year project that has also involved the transformation of the gallery space to re-introduce daylight and capture the spirit of the original museum building.

Shared World Summer Season
8 July – 2 September 

This summer we celebrate the opening of our new World Gallery with a season of vibrant cultural activities that bring people together. Join in and enjoy fun festival days, music, dance, food and art activities that all share the human qualities of creativity, curiosity and collaboration.  Please see for details

Wonderful World Late
Thursday 19 July, 6.30-9.30pm

Discover the wonders of our new World Gallery at this special evening of dance, tours, talks, film screenings and installations. Take a journey around the world in 80 tunes, enjoy international food and drink, and don’t miss a site-specific performance of British-Brazilian choreographer and dance performer Jean Abreu’s Solo for Two co-commissioned with Southbank Centre.

Tickets: £5. Over-18s only.

Sunset Sessions
Thursdays 26 July, 2 August, 9 August, 6.30-8pm

Chill out to global sounds on our Bandstand Terrace with styles ranging from New Orleans brass and Celtic reels to Brazilian samba and Afro-Punk. The Horniman Café will be open on the Terrace for light snacks and drinks. Free.

26 July: Kabantu

2 August: KOG & The Zongo Brigade

9 August: The Brass Funkeys

Hear it Live! Arpa Llanera
Tuesday 31 July, 3.30-4pm

Diego Alonso Laverde Rojas performs music for the enchanting arpa llanera – a harp from the plains of Columbia and Venezuela. Free.

Special Events

The Luna Cinema at the Horniman

Tuesday 3 July: Labyrinth (U)
Wednesday 4 July: The Shape of Water (15)

Doors open 8pm. Film starts 9.30pm. Tickets: Adult £15, Child £10. Book tickets at

The Luna Cinema present two fabulous nights of open air cinema in the Horniman’s beautiful Gardens. Cult classic Labyrinth stars the late, great David Bowie and a whole host of fantastical creatures and The Shape of Water is this year’s stunning Best Picture Oscar Winner.

Summer Welly Walk on the Nature Trail
Saturday 28 July, 1.45pm until 3.30pm

Get your wellies on and join us on the Horniman Nature Trail to explore the animals, insects and plants that thrive there in summer. Have a go at sweep-netting, tree-beating and identifying what you discover. Suitable for children aged 5+. Tickets: Child £3, Adult £5

Summer Holiday Activities

23 July–30 August
Family Art Fun: Summer Holidays

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Entry every 45 mins from 11am onwards.  Last entry at 2.30pm. Enjoy free and fabulous craft activities inspired by the Horniman’s collections, new World Gallery and Colour: The Rainbow Revealed exhibition. Suitable for children for aged 3+. Free.

Horniman Explorers: Summer Holidays
Mondays and Fridays (Except Monday 27 August)

11am until 12.30pm, 2pm until 3.30pm. Drop into our Hands on Base to take part in fun challenges and activities such as trying on clothes, playing musical instruments, drawing and exploring museum objects. Suitable for children for aged 3+. Free. Drop in.

Big Wednesdays: The Big Butterfly Count
Wednesday 25 July, 10.30am until 3.30pm

Celebrate beautiful butterflies with a day of activities including a Big Butterfly Count on the Nature Trail. Free.

Pond Dipping
Tuesdays and Fridays, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm

Join us for pond dipping activities to discover nature and wildlife in the Horniman Nature Trail pond. Suitable for children for aged 5+. Tickets: Child £5.


Yamal: The Stream of Life
Opens Friday 29 June

Photographer Bryan Alexander has spent the last 25 years documenting the lives and culture of people living in the Yamal region of Northwest Siberia. This display of his work in the World Gallery reveals aspects of traditional life, and how it has been affected by social, cultural and environmental changes taking place. Free.

Grasslands Garden
Open from 29 June

Wander through wild landscapes in the new Grasslands Garden, featuring spectacular plants from North American prairie and South African grasslands. Celebrating critically threatened wild landscapes, the garden has species flowering across the summer months, from pasqueflower to prairie dock and goldenrods to wild gladiolus.

The naturalistic planting scheme was devised by Olympic Park designer James Hitchmough, and the Grasslands Garden is linked to the Horniman’s new World Gallery of anthropology, opening on 29 June 2018. Free.

Please go to for information on our regular family events and activities