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Happening at the Horniman: March 2019

Welcome in the spring season and take a look at the events and activities happening across March.


  • Brick Wonders - Great Barrier Reef , Great Barrier Reef , Warren Elsemore
    Great Barrier Reef , Warren Elsemore

We launched the opening of our new exhibition Brick Wonders last month. Come and discover why people model the world in 500,000 LEGO® bricks. Build your imagination in our two interactive play areas and watch some amazing animated LEGO® shorts in our mini-cinema. Don’t forget to enter our Brick Wonders competition on your visit, you could win a £50 LEGO® Gift Card. Brick Wonders is open until 27 October 2019.

See the breath-taking Sea Nomads by award-winning director and photographer James Morgan. The exhibit captures the lives of the Bajau Laut who adapted to maritime environments over generations. You can see the photography in the Balcony Gallery until  25 June 2019.

Visit the Studio and be captivated by The Lore of the Land. The exhibition by Serena Korda and the Collective features scent dispensing ceramic sculptures and a soundscape inspired by the chemical processes of plants and trees.

See EVOLUTION of The Artist and The Exhibited Works in the Natural History Gallery. The life-size crotchetdermy® animals by Shauna Richardson loom over visitors passing through. You can also see Horniman Noses, an intriguing display of false noses from Joshua Sofaer that play with disguise.

Always Part of the Story depicts hidden and visible aspects of disability. The Access Advisory Group shows that the world can be experienced and understood in many ways. See the challenging display in the World Gallery until 30 June 2020.

Don’t forget to drop into the Natural History Gallery and say hello to Bengal tiger taxidermy, on loan from the Natural History Museum.


  • Horniman X Goldsmiths banner , Horniman X Goldsmiths , Goldsmiths
    Horniman X Goldsmiths , Goldsmiths

See The Horniman cast in a new light with immersive digital experiences, VR technologies and unique musical compositions on Thursday 21 March with our collaborated Horniman X Goldsmiths event.

The students and staff from Goldsmiths bring ten interactive installations and activities that will explore the Anthropocene and respond to the Horniman collections.

Join us on Saturday 2 March for a day packed full of activities, arts, crafts, comedy and poetry that’s open to everyone.

Crossing Borders is co-produced by staff and volunteers from Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO), Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers, Fairbeats!, Streatham Drop-In Centre, Rewrite and Pan Intercultural Arts.

Come along to our monthly Library Open day on Sunday 3 March. Whether you are working on a project or just wanting to have a bit of a browse, we have 30,000 volumes of books to look through.

Come, have a chat with our Librarian, and see what treasures you can find.

As part of Lewisham Live Festival, our Horniman Youth Panel will host a Youth Takeover Family Day. Join us on Saturday 23 March for a day of puppets, arts and crafts in the Education Centre.

Have you ever thought jewellery and music were connected? At this month’s Hear it Live! On 26 March, MA students from the Jewellery and Metal Programme of the Royal College of Art, London explore this connection in a project inspired by looking at objects from the Musical Instruments Collection.

Regular Activities

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.

Every Thursday 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!

Join us every Tuesday and Saturday for our Curiosity Talks, where our Visitor Hosts give short intriguing talks on themes around the museum. There are also Welcome to the Horniman Tours every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, which offer a great overview of the museum if you are new to the Horniman.

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

Please Note

The Gardens open at 7.15am from Monday to Saturday, and from 8am on Sundays, and close at 5.50pm. From 11 March until 30 March, the Gardens will shut at 6.20pm, and from 31 March, this will become 7.20pm.