Our gardens have been open to the public for 117 years today - they were first opened on 1 June 1895. This week, following a major development, they are re-opening.
Our new display gardens explore the links between the plants in our gardens and the collections in our museum, which was our founder Frederick Horniman's vision. He wanted the Museum and Gardens to be a place for “recreation, instruction and enjoyment”.
We hope you enjoy these archive photographs of the Museum and Gardens from the late 19th and early 20th century, and will spend some time enjoying our gardens over the coming summer.
Entrance to Horniman Museum and Gardens, early 20th century
Front of the Horniman Museum in 1896
Horniman water Gardens in 1924.
Dutch Barn on the Bandstand Terrace
Bandstand Terrace around 1903 / 1904
Rear view of the Bandstand from early 20th century
Bandstand and Terrace in 1911
Boating pond with railway in background, early twentieth century
Westwood Park Gate entrance, early 20th century
The Avenue looking south towards London Road, late 19th century