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Happening at the Horniman: July 2018

Our Summer Season kicks off in July with a celebration of cultures from around the world. Find out what's happening at the Horniman this July.

World Gallery

Our brand new World Gallery is now open to the public. Over 3,000 objects from around the world give you a glimpse into other ways of life and a greater understanding of other peoples, places, and cultures.

Shared World Season

On Sunday 8 July, our Shared World Summer Season kicks off with a Festival of Dance. Bring all the family for a day of exciting dance and music from around the world. Experience sounds inspired by the musical styles of Eastern Europe and Latin America and discover unique acts across our beautiful Gardens.

Join us at our Wonderful World Late on Thursday 19 July to discover the wonders of our new World Gallery. Take a journey around the world in 80 tunes, enjoy international food and drink, and don’t miss a site- specific performance of British- Brazilian choreographer and dance performer Jean Abreu’s Solo for Two co-commissioned with Southbank Centre.

Chill out to global sounds at the first of our Sunset Sessions in the Gardens on Thursday 26 July or at Diego Rojas' performance on the arpa llanera at Hear it Live! on Tuesday 31 July.

Exhibitions

On display in our World Gallery balcony will be a new exhibition Yamal: The Stream of Life. This beautiful display by the photographer Bryan Alexander reveals aspects of life in the Yamal region of Northwest Siberia.

  • Yamal, Bryan Alexander has spent the last 25 years documenting the lives and culture of people living in the Yamal region of Northwest Siberia, Bryan Alexander
    Bryan Alexander has spent the last 25 years documenting the lives and culture of people living in the Yamal region of Northwest Siberia, Bryan Alexander

To celebrate the opening of our World Gallery, James Hitchmough has designed a Grasslands Garden at the Horniman which is now open for the public to explore.

  • James Hitchmough at the Horniman, James Hitchmough's work has been on show at RHS Wisley, the Olympic Park, and now the Horniman, Ben Cook
    James Hitchmough's work has been on show at RHS Wisley, the Olympic Park, and now the Horniman, Ben Cook

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 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

Events

Grab your putters and enjoy a round of crazy golf with Plonk in the Horniman Gardens - open daily until the end of September.

  • Plonk Golf, Grab your putter (or rent one) and join in the fun, Plonk Golf
    Grab your putter (or rent one) and join in the fun, Plonk Golf

Watch a film under the stars with Luna Cinema. Luna Cinema will be screening cult classic Labyrinth and this year’s Academy Award-winning hit The Shape of Water at the Horniman on 3 July and 4 July respectively.

Join us as we explore the rhythms of the world with A World of Rhythm Drumming Workshop on Sunday 8 July.

Celebrate beautiful butterflies and take part in the nation’s Big Butterfly Count with bug expert Richard Jones at Big Wednesdays: The Big Butterfly Count on 25 July.

Join us on the Horniman Nature Tail for a family friendly welly walk to discover the insects, animals, and plants that live there in summer on Saturday 28 July.

Join us for pond dipping sessions exploring the nature and wildlife in our Nature Trail pond every Tuesday and Friday in the summer holidays.

Regular Activities

Every Saturday pop down to the Horniman Farmer’s Market to pick up the freshest, local produce.

On Sunday 1 July, our library will be open to the public to explore some of our rare books and talk to our knowledgeable librarians.

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.

Please Note

The Horniman is open from 10am every morning and closes 5.30pm.

The Gardens open at 7.15am from Monday to Saturday, and from 8am on Sundays. The Gardens will close at 8.50pm.

The Studio is currently closed, it will open later in 2018. Find out how these changes might affect your visit.