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Happening at the Horniman: February 2018

We begin our exploration of the world of colour and pack your half term full of activities.


Our award-winning, new exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed will be opening on Saturday 10 February, kicking off a year of exploring the colours of the rainbow here at the Horniman. 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

Half Term

Join us Wednesday 14 February for Big Wednesdays: Colour and Carnival - a day of performances and storytelling inspired by our new exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed.

Why not learn how to dance like you're partying through the streets of Rio with our Carnival Dance Workshops running on Thursday 15 February and Friday 16 February?

Using body music, Brazilian song and percussion, families can plung into the whirlpool of carnival rhythms with our Carnival Drumming Workshops that will run on both Monday 12th February and Tuesday 13th February.

Horniman Explorers will be running Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during Half Term allowing you to discover the collections that make the Horniman special in our Hands on Base. Or Join free and fabulous craft activities with Family Art Fun.

Coming up this month

Our Libary will be open on Sunday 4 February 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. 

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

Every Thursday (except 15 February) a group of adult music-lovers will meet at the Museum to listen to music and learn about musical traditions inspired by the Horniman collections for Music Matters!

On Tuesday 27 February, Internationally acclaimed early guitar player and lutenist, Taro Takeuchi, will present a programme using several instruments similar to those in our string instrument displays for Hear it Live!

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 Beeslively sessions for under 5s, including storytelling, art and craft and outdoor play.

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, and close at 5.20pm. From 12 February, the gardens will close at 5.50pm.

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.