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Happening at the Horniman: January 2020

Get your year off to a great start at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Exhibitions and displays

  • 2014_Simon-Norfolk_The-Lewis-Glacier-Mt-Kenya-1963-(A)_web-module-image, The Lewis Glacier, Mt Kenya, 1963 (A) - Copyright Simon Norfolk / Courtesy of Project Pressure
    The Lewis Glacier, Mt Kenya, 1963 (A) - Copyright Simon Norfolk / Courtesy of Project Pressure

MELTDOWN: Visualizing Climate Change by Project Pressure emphasises the importance of glaciers and our changing global climate. Each work documents every relevant continent, leading the viewer on a journey in three chapters - The Importance of Glaciers, Current Issues and Meltdown Consequences. The striking exhibition comes to a close on Sunday 12 January 2020.

The immersive exhibition, Stages of Making, produced by a collective of local community members working with artist Katie Schwab, has now opened in The Studio. All the artworks have a story to tell about design, techniques and time. Works include painted walls, table tops made from yoghurt pots and a giant rag-rug created from used t-shirts by members of the public. You can also contribute to a growing live archive in the exhibition by taking part in creative workshops and trying a range of creative processes inspired by some of the Horniman's collections.

Visitors can see Ed Sheeran’s custom-built ‘x’ Martin & Co. acoustic-electric guitar on display in the Music Gallery until Friday 31 May 2020.

This guitar was played during the star singer-songwriter’s 2015 North American tour promoting his phenomenally successful second studio album x (Multiply), which was released in 2014. It was used for songs such as ‘Photograph’ and ‘One’.

The photographic series Turn it Up: On Paradoxes from Jide Odukoya highlights a paradox of opulence, with underlying economic poverty. His works highlights the importance of extravagant celebration to Nigerian cultural identity because the wealth supporting it is fragile. View the spirited exhibition in the Balcony Gallery now.

The dramatic As I Live and Breathe in the Natural History Gallery and Gallery Square is open now. The thought-provoking series of works created by Award-winning, internationally exhibited visual artist Claire Morgan draw upon the theme of waste at the impact on their environment.

Say hello to Green Turtle taxidermy on loan from the Natural History Museum, and learn about what we can all do to help conserve sea turtles in the Natural History Gallery.

Always Part of the Story depicts hidden and visible aspects of disability. The display from The Access Advisory Group shows that the world can be experienced and understood in many ways. The display is on until June 2020 in the World Gallery.



Discover some of the ways that people celebrate Chinese New Year in this exciting hands-on workshop for home educated children on Wednesday 8 January. Hear the story behind the Lion Dance, wear a beautiful lion mask and explore traditional Chinese clothing.

Come along to Hear it Live! every Thursday and see performances and talks based 17th and 18th century instruments including three from the Finchcocks Collection. The Hear it Live! returns every Thursday from 9 January 2020.

Pick upyour weekly essentials direct from independent and local producers at our weekly Horniman Market, open every Sunday. Enjoy seasonal fruit and veg, artisan bread, organic meat and delicious hot food as well as regular guest traders specialising in treats such as luxury chocolates, homemade jams and irresistible cakes. The first Horniman Market of the year is on Sunday 12 January.

Join lively Busy Bees sessions for Under 5s and their carers every Tuesday during term-time. Storytellers change every week, with enchanting stories from around the world, songs and a whole lot of Horniman fun. The Spring term begins on Tuesday 7 January 2020.

On Thursday afternoons the Horniman becomes an age-friendly place to socialise and join in with musical-activities for all abilities. Stay in Tune Thursdays returns on 23 January 2020.

Join our popular storytellers for A World of Stories on select Sundays throughout the year and see the collections and Gardens brought to life with stories from around the world.

If you are a new visitor to the Horniman or would like a refresh to our collections then come along to one of our Welcome to the Horniman Tours. Tours with our fantastic Visitor Hosts take place every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. You could also take one of our Curiosity Talks for an interesting insight into all manner of things, inspired by our collections every Tuesday and Thursday.

Please Note

The Gardens will close at 4.20pm until Sunday 26 January 2020.

The Horniman Butterfly House will be closed from Sunday 5 January 2020 while work is carried out to replace the pathway inside. We are sorry for any disappointment that this may cause but look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Butterfly House by Saturday 15 February 2020.

The Horniman butterflies will be taking a winter holiday with ZSL London Zoo while the work takes place.