Great_Indian_Hornbill (Buceros Bicornis) Horniman Museum and Gardens (c) Jim Naughten

Adult Courses

An Introduction to Urban Mammals: Saturday 3 October, 10am-4.30pm
On this one day course learn more about mammals found in our urban environments, their importance, the challenges they face, and how to identify and record them. You’ll also get to use the Horniman’s taxidermy mammal collection. In partnership with the Mammal Society. Tickets: £30. Book through The Mammal Society at 

October Half Term

Big Wednesday: October Half Term
 – Wednesday 28 October, 11am – 3.30pm
Join us for a day of activities inspired by traditional Javanese theatre in urban settings, including gamelan workshops, storytelling and making shadow puppets as part of The Big Draw 2015. Free 

Community Teachsport: ParkActive – Monday 26 – Friday 30 October, 11am – 3.30pm
Take part in healthy fun activities in the Gardens including sports from around the world, as well as a soft play and baby gym. Drop in anytime. Free. For children aged 0-18 years and adults.

Discovery for All: Monday 26, Tuesday 27 & Friday 30 October, 2-3.30pm
Come and visit our Hands On Base and explore its thousands of real objects from around the world. Free. Everyone welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Art Fun: Monday 26, Tuesday 26, Thursday 29 & Friday 30 October, 11am-2.45pm
Free and fabulous craft activities inspired by autumn and the Mexican Day of the Dead. Make stick insects or Day of the Dead banners. 

Nature Trail Discovery: 
Wednesday 28 October, 2-3.30pm
Discover the oldest Nature Trail in London which is carefully managed to encourage wildlife and includes pond, meadow and log pile habitats. The half mile Horniman Nature Trail occupies a stretch of the original Crystal Palace and South London Junction Railway. This activity is not suitable for prams or pushchairs. Children must be aged 3+ and accompanied by an adult. Free but ticketed on the day.

Nature Explorers: Extraordinary Owls – 
Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 October, 
11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm
A fun family session finding out about owls and what they eat by dissecting an owl pellet! Suitable for children age 5+. Tickets: Child £2. Adults free.

The Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole: Friday 30 October, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 3pm
Let 1800s war nurse Mary Seacole take you on a tour of the Horniman to tell her amazing story and show you the Museum and Gardens. A Black History Season event. Free

Regular Family and Weekend Events

Horniman Farmers’ Market: 
Every Saturday, 9am – 1.30pm (except Saturday 26 September, 9am – 4pm)
A locally sourced, locally sold farmers’ market selling vegetables, meat, bread, flowers, hot food and much more in our glorious Gardens.
 Free entry 

The Horniman Halloween Fair: 
Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November, 
Join us for spooky storytelling, haunting happenings, creepy creatures, magnificent arts and crafts markets, fiendishly fine food stalls plus lots more. Come dressed in your favourite Halloween costume and join the Halloween parades taking place throughout the weekend.  Free entry

Fabulous Fungi: Saturday 10 October, 11am-12.30pm
Join us for a guided walk with conservationist Jim Murphy to discover fabulous fungi that grow in our Gardens and on our Nature Trail. Suitable for children age 7+. Adults £5. Child £3

Exhibitions and Displays

Animal Kingdom (Stereoscopic Images of Natural History): 26 Sep 15 – 6 Mar 16
An interactive display of mesmerising Natural History images by artist Jim Naughten, brought to three-dimensional life through stereoscopic photography.   Featuring mounted skeletons and wet specimens from various Natural History collections, including the Horniman’s. Free

Project Tobong: 3 October 2015 to 10 April 2016
A series of theatrical portraits of the Ketoprak Tobong Kelana Bakti Budaya, one of the last remaining nomadic theatre troupes in Yogyakarta, Java, taken for this collaborative photographic project led by British artist Helen Marshall with Indonesian artist Risang Yuwono. Supported by Arts Council England and the British Council. Free

: Closes Sunday 1 November
Explore the wonderful world of plants on a massive scale. From giant seeds to sun-seeking flowers and a huge crawl-through root system, Plantastic’s interactive exhibits and games will bring visitors up close to all kinds of fantastic plant life revealing how plants are essential for life on Earth.
Tickets: £3.85 Child, £7.15 Adult, £18.15 Family (prices include 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation). Free for Horniman Members.

Bloom: Closes Sunday 6 December
A series of plant silhouettes, painted by artist Edward Chell, inspired by the Horniman’s own collection of rare Cyanotype folios by 19th century naturalist and early photographer Anna Atkins, and plants in the Horniman’s Gardens and historic collections. Free

Revisiting Romania: Dress and Identity 
Extended – 1 September 2016
This exhibition showcases elaborately decorated textiles, costumes and artefacts to explore how Romanian folk art has been used to express social and political ideas in the village and on the national and international stage.

Please visit  for full information on our regular family and weekend events.