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Happening at the Horniman: April 2018

The Easter holidays are upon us, here's what's happening at the Horniman this April.


Our award-winning, new exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed is open and a great way to keep the little ones entertained during the holidays. Be sure to join us to be dazzled by how colours are made and perceived.

Discover how artist Karen Dodd uses woolen fabric to create sculptures designed to draw attention to coral and coral reefs around the world with Coral: Fabric of the Reef.

  • CoralFabricoftheReef (c) KarenDodd. Photo by SophieGladstone_, Karen Dodd's woollen coral intrigues and delights in equal measure, Sophie Gladstone− © Karen Dodd
    Karen Dodd's woollen coral intrigues and delights in equal measure, Sophie Gladstone

Drop into the Natural History Gallery to see a new taxidermy loan from the Natural History Museum, a stunning Bengal tiger.

  • Happening at the Horniman: June 2017, Bengal Tiger, On loan from the Natural History Museum
    Bengal Tiger, On loan from the Natural History Museum

Coming up this Easter

Kicking off our packed schedule of events this Easter, the Horniman will be holding its annual Easter Fair on Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April. Come and join us for a weekend of fun for all the family, with dance workshops, arts and crafts, and special markets. Don't forget to enjoy an incredible story too with Ugly Duckling Storytelling.

Come and celebrate the beautiful colours of spring with performances, storytelling and fun family activities, at Big Wednesdays: Spring Colours on Wednesday 4 April.

Join us for a day of family activities in the Museum and Gardens including art, performance and storytelling inspired by the International Year of the Reef, with Big Wednesdays: Year of the Reef on Wednesday 11 April.

Do your little ones have active imaginations? A World of Stories will be joining us on Good Friday and Easter Monday spinning tales sure to amaze and astound.

Join us every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this Easter holiday (excluding Good Friday and Easter Monday) to take part in free craft activities with Family Art Fun.

On Tuesday 3 April and Tuesday 10 April, discover the variety of wildlife living in our Nature Trail Pond with Pond Dipping.

Try your hand at hunting for mini-beasts along our Nature Trail and discover the variety of insect life living there with Minibeast Safari on Thursday 5 April and Thursday 12 April.

The Hands on Base will be open for Horniman Explorers on Friday 6 April, Monday 9 April, and Friday 13 April.

Bring your family on an exciting Bat Walk in the Gardens to meet some of our rarest visitors on Friday 13 April.

Happening in April

Browse our library collections, chat to the librarian and see some of the library treasures, at our Library Open Day on Sunday 1 April.

Our weekly Farmers’ Market sells seasonal fruit and veg, artisan bread, organic meat, hot food and more from independent and local producers every Saturday.

On Tuesday 24 April join us for Hear it Live! and hear the work of Alexandra Kremakova, pianist and harpsichordist.

Get your wellies on and join us on the Horniman Nature Trail to explore the animals, insects, and plants that thrive in spring with Signs of Spring on Saturday 28 April.

Regular Family Activities

Be whisked away to far off places with A World of Stories every Sunday.

Art Makers will give you the chance to create some amazing art every Saturday.

The Hands on Base will be open every weekend for you to explore our Handling collection.

Join us for Busy Bees - lively sessions for under 5s, including storytelling, art and craft and outdoor play, taking place every Tuesday and Wednesday during term time (except Wednesday 18 April).

Please Note

The Museum is now open from 10am every morning for visitors. The closing time remains 5.30pm.

The Gardens open at 7.15am from Monday to Saturday, and from 8am on Sundays. From 2 April to 15 April the Gardens will close at 7.50pm. From 15 April to 29 April the Gardens will close at 8.20pm. As of 30 April the Gardens will close at 8.50pm.

Our African Worlds and Centenary Galleries remain closed as we undergo major new development as part of our Anthropology redisplay. Find out how these changes might affect your visit.