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Happening at the Horniman: May 2019

Find out all the events and activities happening across Half Term and throughout May.


  • Title: TBC, Title: TBC, Claire Morgan
    Title: TBC, Claire Morgan

As I Live and Breathe, is a thought-provoking, dramatic body of works created by Award-winning, internationally exhibited visual artist Claire Morgan. The artworks draw upon the theme of waste and the impact that humans have on their surroundings. See the pieces in the Natural History Gallery and Gallery Square from Saturday 18 May.

See the Matisse-Inspired Bottle Garden created by children from The Horniman Primary school and artist Yolanda Chiaramello, as part of Chelsea Fringe. The bright colourful bottle garden will be open from Saturday 18 May until Sunday 26 May.

  • Horniman Chelsea Fringe, Chelsea Fringe, Yolanda Chiaramello
    Chelsea Fringe, Yolanda Chiaramello

Be sure to visit the Natural History Gallery and say goodbye to the Bengal tiger taxidermy on loan from the Natural History Museum before its departure on Thursday 9 May. We have an amazing new visitor waiting in the wings so watch out for updates.

Visit Brick Wonders in the Temporary Exhibition Space. 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.

Award-winning director and photographer James Morgan highlights the lives of the Bajau Laut, the last remaining true marine nomads. Sea Nomads shows their efforts to conserve their culture, adapting to the changing environment. You can visit the Sea Nomads exhibition in the Balcony Gallery. 

Discover The Lore of the Land by Serena Korda and the Collective in the Studio Space until Sunday 2 June. The challenging exhibition features 100 objects from our anthropology collection, scented ceramics and a soundscape that reflects the chemical process in plants.

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.

May Half Term

Discover the variety of wildlife living in our Nature Trail Pond with Pond Dipping on Tuesday 28 May or join us for a Minibeast Safari on Thursday 30 May.

We’ll be having some Family Art Fun on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of Half Term.

There is a Half Term edition of Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers on Friday 31 May and A World of Stories on Monday 27 May.

Happening in May

  • Pond dipping, Pond Dipping, Megan Taylor
    Pond Dipping, Megan Taylor

Experience the many bird songs that make up the dawn chorus on an early morning tour of the Horniman Gardens. Join us on Saturday 4 May for Dawn Chorus Walk.

Join us on Tuesday 28 May for Hear it Live! and hear a performance of Harmonica histories with Roger Trobridge and friends.

Join us for a day celebrating bees. Take part in Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee Count and join in some family-friendly bee activities on Wednesday 29 May.

Regular Activities

  • Fancy Walrus, Gerald the Crazy Golf Walrus, Plonk Crazy Golf
    Gerald the Crazy Golf Walrus, Plonk Crazy Golf

Plonk Crazy Golf is back, so grab a club and test your putting skills. The exciting 9-hole course is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is also open every day of the school holidays and on Bank Holiday.

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

Every Thursday (with the exception of 9 and 30 May) you can learn more about our incredible musical collection with Music Matters!

On Sunday 5 May, our library will be open to the public to 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 8.20 pm and from Monday 13 May; they will close at 8.50pm.

During May Half -Term the museum will be busy, visitors may have a 30-minute wait for the Brick Wonders exhibition. Please book in advance for tickets where possible and plan your visit to avoid any disappointment.