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.

Hear it Live! Mbira Music Duo
Tuesday 25 June, 3.30-4pm
Chartwell Dutiro and Jori Buchel will give a performance-demonstration of the mbira, an instrument traditionally performed by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Free.

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.

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.

Plonk Crazy Golf – until 27 October
Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (
Daily during school holidays)
10am-5pm. Plonk is bringing back buckets of fun to the Horniman with a new exciting 9-hole family-friendly challenge. The course has wheelchair access and adapted putters, as well as putters for kids. Tickets: Child £4, Adult £6, Group £13.50 (up to 4 people)

Exhibitions and Displays

Grasslands Garden
Now open
Wander through wild landscapes in the Grasslands Garden, featuring spectacular plants from North American prairie and South African grasslands. Celebrating critically threatened wild landscapes, the garden includes beautiful summer-flowering species such as yellow coneflowers, sword lilies and summer hyacinths. Linked to the World Gallery, the naturalistic planting scheme was devised by Olympic Park designer James Hitchmough. Free.

Sunken Garden Brick Wonders-themed display
Flowering June to September
The summer bedding display in the Sunken Garden features lobelia, carex, petunias and marigolds in six colours, planted in rectangular and square blocks inspired by the LEGO® bricksin the Brick Wonders exhibition. Free.

Brick Wonders
Until Sunday 27 October
Discover amazing wonders from around the world made entirely from LEGO® bricks. From an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge, and from the natural wonder of a coral reef to the modern marvel of the international space station, travel through history and explore over 50 models made using half a million LEGO® bricks. Build your imagination at the interactive play areas, and don’t miss two special models of Horniman icons created especially for the show.

Ticket prices:  Child £5; Adult £9: Family (up to 2 adults, 2 children) £20. Prices include voluntary 10% Gift Aid donation. Horniman Members and Benefactors enjoy free, unlimited visits to the exhibition.

Credit and Copyright ©: Colin Davison

As I Live and Breathe
18 May 2019- 4 May 2020
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.

Sea Nomads
Until Sunday 23 June 2019
The Bajau Laut, an ethnic group of Malay origin, are some of the last true marine nomads. For centuries they have lived out their lives almost entirely at sea. Photographer James Morgan highlights efforts to conserve their culture and the spectacular underwater environments they have called home for centuries. Free.

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Photo credits:

By the Skin of the Teeth  2019
© Claire Morgan
Photo credit: Colin Davison
Courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve,
Cologne, Paris, St. Moritz

Jellyfish picture © Laura Mtungwazi