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Happening at the Horniman: May 2017

New exhibitions, Museums at Night and Half Term fun, there's lots to do at the Horniman this May. 

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Horniman after hours at our Museums at Night Late on 18 May, 6.30 - 9.30pm. Wander around our collections at night and enjoy music, theatre, workshops, tours and surprising performances across the galleries and Gardens.

  • Happening at the Horniman: May 2017, Museums at Night Late
    Museums at Night Late


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

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. Pani opens on 20 May

  • Pani, Pani − © Daksha Patel

Coming up this month

Perfect for early birds, join us at 5am on 6 May in the Gardens to learn all about the sounds of the Dawn Chorus with our bird expert, David Darrell-Lambert.

Our Libary will be open on 7 May 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 us in the Music Gallery on 30 May for a Hear it Live! a talk and live performance on our 1772 Kirckman harpsichord. 

Join our free adult workshop, Music Matters, every Thursday to listen to music and learn about musical traditions inspired by the Horniman collections.

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.

May Half Term

Join us for a day of family activities at our Big Wednesday on 31 May, find out about animals that are on the endangered animals list and discover what humans can do to help. Meet our Natural History curators and find out about animals, both near and far, that are on the endangered list or close to extinction. Listen to stories about strange and fabulous creatures that once lived on Earth but are now as dead as the Dodo.

Discover the variety of spring wildlife living in our Nature Trail pond. Join us on Tuesday 30 May for Pond Dipping

Try your hand at searching for creepy crawlies and bugs on our Nature Trail and discover the variety of insect life to be found in London during the late spring. Join us on 1 June for Minibeast Safari.

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):