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Happening at the Horniman: August 2017

As our Indian Summer season continues throughout August at the Horniman we've got events on every day to keep the whole family entertained throughout the holidays.

Indian Summer Events

Big Wednesdays: Indian SummerEach Wednesday in August will feature different performances and activities ranging from storytelling, dance, films to music performances as well as art and craft inspired by traditions from all over India.

Hear it Live!Mehboob Nadeem will introduce and perform on the sitar, North India’s best known stringed instrument. Performance on Tuesday 29 August from 3.30pm in our Music Gallery.


Pani is the word for water across large parts of South Asia. In a thought-provoking display, artist Daksha Patel explores the complex relationships between people and water in the region.

  • Happening at the Horniman: June 2017, Pani, Image by Daksha Patel
    Pani, Image by Daksha Patel

Visit The Robot Zoo, where amazing animals are recreated in robot form to reveal their inner workings. This family-friendly exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been recreated using machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide.

  • Giraffe from The Robot Zoo, This friendly chap is waiting for you in The Robot Zoo, open until October.
    This friendly chap is waiting for you in The Robot Zoo, open until October.

Pop by Gallery Square to see India Unplugged, a colourful photography exhibition showcasing traditional music making in Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Odisha and Kerala.

  • Happening at the Horniman: June 2017, India Unplugged
    India Unplugged

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 month

Watch Slumdog Millionaire in our wonderful Gardens on Tuesday 1 August, or The Jungle Book on Sunday 6 August.

Our Libary will be open on Sunday 6 August for the Library Open Day. There is no need to make an appointment - just pop in to browse our collections, chat to the Librarian and see some of the Library's treasures.

Join our resident bat expert, Rhianna Dix, on a bat walk to find out what species are living in the Horniman Gardens on the evening of Friday 11 August for families or Friday 18 August for adults.

Discover the fascinating world of carnival at an exclusive Members' hands-on session. Members' Explore Carnival will be held on Saturday 26 August.

Every Sunday from 6 August to 20 August, enjoy music from South Asia on the Bandstand and chill out with a drink from our Bar at the Dutch Barn.

Don't forget to pop by our Farmers' Market every Saturday for delicious food and to stock up on local produce.

Regular Family Activities

Join us every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the summer holidays to take part in free Horniman craft activities as part of Family Art Fun.

Try your hand at pond dipping in our Nature Trail pond and discover the variety of underwater wildlife living in it every Tuesday in August.

Discover what insects and creatures inhabit our Nature Trail on a Minibeast Safari every Friday.

The Hands On Base will be open to explore every Monday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout August. 

Every Saturday in August, Art Makers will give you the chance to create some amazing Indian inspired art.

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

Please Note

The Museum is now open from 10am every morning for visitors to enjoy the free permanent galleries and The Robot Zoo exhibition. The closing time remains 5.30pm. The Gardens open at 7.15am from Monday to Saturday, and from 8am on Sundays, and close at sunset. You can find the full list of Gardens closing times on our website.

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

What's On Guides

View our latest What's On Guide here (PDF):

Print off a large print version of our What's On Guide here (Word document):