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Happening at the Horniman: July 2019

Have a look at the exciting events and activities we have lined up to kick-start the summer.


Exhibitions and displays

  • Turn It Up: On Paradoxes image, A photograph from Turn It Up.
, Jide Odukoya
    A photograph from Turn It Up. , Jide Odukoya

Turn it Up: On Paradoxes is a photographic series from Jide Odukoya. His work highlights a paradox of opulence, highlighting how moments of extravagant celebration are important to Nigerian cultural identity because the wealth supporting it is fragile. The exhibition will be in the Balcony Gallery from Saturday 6 July.

Have you thought about what our future cities will look like? My Model City created in collaboration with Horniman Youth, Muf Architecture and Peckham Platform looks at the ideas and dreams that will shape our cities to come. Visit the exhibition in The Studio from Saturday 6 July.

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 draws upon the theme of waste at the impact on their environment.

Visit the Natural History Gallery and 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.

Visit Brick Wonders downstairs off Gallery Square. The exhibition features 50 wondrous marvels from across the world and our history, from the Great Barrier Reef to iconic landmarks such as Old London Bridge and an Ancient Egyptian pyramid. Visitors can build their own awesome creations in our two interactive play areas, take on the tower-building challenge and add to our graffiti wall.

Our summer bedding planting, inspired by Lego bricks is now in place in the Sunken Gardens, so stop by to see the colours as they start to emerge. Also blooming is the Grasslands Garden, which recently won ‘Best Planting Design’ at the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards

  • Grasslands Garden, Grasslands Garden in full bloom , Horniman Museum and Gardens
    Grasslands Garden in full bloom , Horniman Museum and Gardens

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 World Gallery.


Happening in July

  • Big Fish Little Fish , Outdoor Famly Rave, Big Fish Little Fish
    Outdoor Famly Rave, Big Fish Little Fish

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave is back on Sunday 28 July. Dance outside with your family to the greatest rave music in the beautiful Horniman Gardens surrounded by flowers, bubbles, balloons and explosions of colour.

There will be colourful, flowered, feathered, festive rave crowns, giant colouring in murals, playdough tables, free temporary transfer tattoos and colour throw.

Behind the decks are DJs Alex Paterson (The Orb) and drum and bass legend Aphrodite on the decks, plus BFLF residents Baker and Beale. Do not miss this big event.

Enjoy a day of dance performances and workshops for all the family in the Trinity Laban Dance Festival on Sunday 7 July.

  • Summer Seasons Bandstand image , Bandstand, Horniman Museum and Gardens
    Bandstand, Horniman Museum and Gardens

Chill out to the sounds of South London, every Thursday throughout July. South London Music Sessions in partnership with Balamii Radio will feature some of the best young live talents London has to offer. Artists include Emma-Jean Thackray & Project HiltsRuby Rushton, Lucy Lu,  Yazmin Lacey, Saul and a secret headliner.

There is a Members’ Exclusive: Meet the Animals session taking place on Friday 19 July and Members' Exclusive: Pond Dipping on Monday 29 July.

Hear it Live! Will go weekly from Thursday 18 July. The weekly performances will feature performances and talks based 17th and 18th century instruments including three from the Finchcocks Collection.

Join us for Wonderful Wednesdays in the summer holidays. Drop-in for free family activities, storytelling and craft with our community partners.

Join us every Thursday of the summer holidays to create your very own Nature Notebook, which you can use to explore our Gardens.

Take part in our activities on the Nature Trail on select days throughout the summer. Try your hand at Nature Explorers: Minibeast Safari on Friday 26 July or Nature Explorers: Pond Dipping on Monday 29 July

Regular Activities

  • Plonk image , Enjoying the Plonk Crazy Golf course, Plonk Golf
    Enjoying the Plonk Crazy Golf course, Plonk Golf

Grab a golf club and get the Plonk Crazy Golf course a go, in their 9-hole putting course. It is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is also open every day of the school holidays and on Bank Holidays.

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.

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

Every Thursday you can learn more about our incredible musical collection with Music Matters!

Our library will be open to the public on Sunday 7 July. Explore some of our rare books and talk to our knowledgeable librarians.

Be whisked away too 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 on selected Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term time.

Please Note

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