Exhibitions and Displays

Memorial. A Tribute to Taxidermy: Now until Monday 1 May 2017

Ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long challenges ideas and perceptions of this art and craft. Inspired by pieces selected from the Horniman’s historic collection, Jazmine pays tribute to the unknown craftsmen of the past to produce a series of beautiful works that explore the journey from taxidermist to museum. A film featuring rare insights into the process and production of her own work are also presented in this fascinating and thought-provoking display. Free.

European Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Saturday 26 November 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017

The Horniman’s latest exhibition displays all the winning photographs in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 competition. The 84 exceptional images showcase the beauty and diversity of the natural world, capturing unique moments such as the glory of the northern lights, a new-born seal’s first glimpse of the world and an ant’s tiny landscape magnified into a colourful ‘fairyland’. The exhibition also includes overall winner Richard Peters’ photograph of an urban fox, Shadow Walker.

The European Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest is owned by the GDT-Society of German Photographers. Free.

Prehistoric Garden

Look back in time with our Prehistoric Garden, which features ‘living fossils’ – plant and tree species which date back to the time of the dinosaurs. A redwood and a yew tree tower above tree ferns, cycads and ginkgos and even an amazing Wollemi pine, thought to be extinct until 1994. The garden, at the highest point of the Horniman estate, is also home to a velociraptor sculpture, keeping a prehistoric watchful eye on the modern London skyline.

The Prehistoric Garden was funded through Tesco’s Bags of Help campaign, and voted for by Tesco shoppers in the London Borough of Lewisham. Free.

Special Events

Explore Taxidermy: Saturday 26 November

11.45am-12.15pm, 12.30-1pm
Join taxidermist and artist Jazmine Miles-Long for a family talk about the art of taxidermy and find out about her current display ‘Memorial. A Tribute to Taxidermy’, which is on show in the Natural History Gallery. Sessions are for families with children aged 5+. Free. 

Taxidermy Model Making for Families: Saturday 26 November

2-2.45pm and 3.15-4pm
Taxidermist and artist Jazmine Miles-Long will teach you the first steps in creating a taxidermy specimen: a bind up. Complete your own bind up model with a cast skull and glass eyes to take home. Please be aware that the following materials will be used in the workshop and children must be closely supervised at all times by their accompanying adults: wire (taped at both ends), clay, wood, wool, glass eyes.

Sessions are for families with children aged 5+. Maximum number of 2 adults per family group. No unaccompanied adults or children will be admitted. Tickets: £8 Child, adults accompanying children free

Youth Late Takeover: Saturday 26 November

The Horniman Youth Panel take over the museum with an exciting night of live bands, DJs, a photobooth and much more. This event is organised for young people by young people. The first 200 visitors get a free wristband so arrive early. Free. For young people aged 14-19 years.

Regular Events

Horniman Farmers’ Market:Every Saturday

9am – 1.30pm
A locally sourced, locally sold farmers’ market selling vegetables, meat, bread, flowers, hot food and much more in our glorious Gardens. Free entry. 

Hear it Live!: Last Tuesday of every month

(Except December – see below)
Join us in the Music Gallery to hear performances and talks based on our musical instrument collection, including our 1772 Kirckman harpsichord. Free.

Tues 29 November: Enjoy a performance on our 18th century harpsichord by Masumi Yamamoto, accompanied by the rarely heard viola d’amore.

Please visit www.horniman.ac.uk for information on other regular events and activities including A World of Stories, Art Makers and Busy Bees.