Horniman Museum: Built for the People


The Horniman Museum and gardens stand on the brow of the hill in Forest Hill, South London. The museum has unique collections of musical instruments, artifacts from around the world, and enough stuffed animals to make a taxidermist squirm!

The Museum was the idea of the Victorian tea trader F.R. Horniman who began collecting specimens, whilst on his travels around the world in the 1860s. Originally, the collection had just been in his home but it grew to such proportions that he decided to commission Charles Harrison Townsend to design this beautiful building.

Opening in 1901, the original collection was the obvious natural history specimens and also the musical instruments which are the pride of the museum and an important source of research for all those in the U.K. and Europe. Overtime, and even within my days of visiting, there have been great changes to the way the museum looks and works. The ‘new’ additions to the building compliment it architecturally and also support it’s green status. The aquarium considering its size is great fun for all and there are interactive aspects, with live bees coming and going through a hole in the wall in a display in one room!

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  1. daddybodum
    daddybodum ·

    My Nan and Grandad used to take me here when I was a kid, now I go with my own children from time to time. When I was small it was the stuffed mammals and jars of preserved peculiarities, now it is the interactive exhibits and the aquarium that carry on making this a magical place

  2. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    I love the Horniman, not only does it have a name that makes me snigger like a 10 year old, but it's a really great place to visit with kids or on your own. The exhibitions are great and the cafe is worth a visit on its own.

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