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Happening at the Horniman: July 2017

We kick off our Indian Summer season this July at the Horniman, alongside a tightly packed programme of events to keep the whole family entertained.

Our Indian Summer brings the sights and sounds of India and South Asia to south east London. Outdoor festivals and live performances will celebrate the diversity and influence of South Asian music from the traditional and classical to the electronic and urban. Find out more about the season.

Indian Summer events

Tamasha - Bring all the family and your dancing shoes for a free day of music, performances, demonstrations, workshops, markets and activities as we begin our Indian Summer on Sunday 9 July from 12pm - 5.30pm.

Indian Summer Late ft. Punjabtronix - Experience an audio-visual extravaganza on Thursday 13 July from 6.30pm, featuring PunjabTronix’s fusion of traditional Indian instruments and cutting-edge electronic effects. Music will be synchronised with live-mixed digital video projections, in this collaboration between British Indian electronic producer DJ Swami and Punjabi vocalists and musicians.

Indian Summer Baaja - Visit our free festival of music, stories and dance from across South Asia on Sunday 23 July (12pm - 9pm), curated by the British Indian virtuoso Sarod player, Soumik Datta. Enjoy outdoor performances across the Horniman Gardens with rhythm battles, bluesy choruses, folk dances and bands including World Music bestselling artist Shammi Pithia.

Hear it Live! - Baluji Shrivastav OBE presents music on the dilruba, a bowed stringed instrument of North India and Pakistan in this free afternoon performance on Tuesday 25 July 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.

  • Happening at the Horniman: May 2017, The Robot Zoo
    The Robot Zoo

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

Our Libary will be open on Sunday 2 July 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 free adult workshop, Music Matters, on Thursday 6 July to listen to music and learn about musical traditions inspired by the Horniman collections.

Members can Explore India through our Handling Collection on Saturday 8 July.

Join our Summer Welly Walk on the Nature Trail on Saturday 8 July, to discover the insects, animals and plants that live there in summer.

Try Pond Dipping in this session on Tuesday 25 July, exploring the nature and wildlife in our Nature Trail pond. 

Join us for our Big Wednesday celebrating beautiful butterflies, as part of the Big Butterfly Count on Wednesday 26 July, or come along to the spcial members talk on butterflies.

Minibeast Safari starts again from Friday 28 July for the summer, exploring the nature and wildlife along our Nature Trail.

Drop into our Hands on Base on select Sundays to hold, touch and feel real Museum objects from our collection. Open to all ages. 

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

Regular Families Activities

Our popular Busy Bees sessions for under-5s runs most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings throughout the year. 

Come to the Hands on Base on select Saturdays for family activities that will explore a different theme linked to the collections in our galleries e.g. animals, costume, masks, music and toys to name just a few.

Let our storytellers whisk you away in our interactive World of Stories sessions on select Sundays throughout the year. 

Get messy in our Art Makers sessions on select Saturdays

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):