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Happening at the Horniman: November 2019

See what you can discover at the Horniman Museum and Gardens this November.

Exhibitions and displays

  • The Lewis Glacier Mt Kenya 1963, The Lewis Glacier Mt Kenya 1963, Copyright Simon Norfolk / Courtesy of Project Pressure
    The Lewis Glacier Mt Kenya 1963, Copyright Simon Norfolk / Courtesy of Project Pressure

MELTDOWN: Visualizing Climate Change by Project Pressure premiers in the Temporary Exhibition Space on Saturday 23 November. The striking series of works emphasises the importance of glaciers and our changing global climate. Each work documents every relevant continent, leading the viewer on a journey in three chapters - The Importance of Glaciers, Current Issues and Meltdown Consequences.

The immersive exhibition, Stages of Making, produced by a collective of local community members working with artist Katie Schwab, is now open in The Studio. All the artworks have a story to tell about design, techniques and time. Works include painted walls, tabletops made from yoghurt pots and a giant rag-rug created from used t-shirts by members of the public. You can also contribute to a growing live archive in the exhibition by taking part in creative workshops and trying a range of creative processes inspired by some of the Horniman's collections.

The photographic series Turn it Up: On Paradoxes from Jide Odukoya highlights a paradox of opulence, with underlying economic poverty. His works highlights the importance of extravagant celebration to Nigerian cultural identity because the wealth supporting it is fragile. View the spirited exhibition in the Balcony Gallery now.

The dramatic As I Live and Breathe display in the Natural History Gallery and Gallery Square is on now. The thought-provoking series of works created by award-winning, internationally exhibited visual artist Claire Morgan draw upon the theme of waste at the impact on their environment.

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 in the Natural History Gallery.

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.

We are delighted to be taking part in The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Big Thank You again this year. Between 23 November and 1 December 2019, you can enjoy free entry to our popular Aquarium on the presentation of a National Lottery ticket or Scratchcard. Terms and conditions apply.

Happening in November

  • Where's Wally?, Where's Wally? - The Big Museum Hunt, Alex Dimos 2019
    Where's Wally? - The Big Museum Hunt, Alex Dimos 2019

Join the search for Wally with your family on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November. We are taking part in the national Where’s Wally? The Big Museum Hunt, organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books, to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally? book, Double Trouble at the Museum.

Explore the sounds of the Horniman and our impact on the environment in the Being Human Festival: Sounds of the Gardens on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November. Participatory and interactive events will be happening across the Gardens including soundwalks, field recordings, musical performances and an interactive sound installation from artist Ambrose Seddon. Book your tickets.

The Horniman Youth Panel is back with Youth Late Atmosphere on Saturday 30 November. This year’s Late will have a focus on climate emergency and features Djs, bands, a silent disco, placard making and a sustainable fashion workshop. For young people ages 14 – 19.

  • Youth Late, Youth Late
    Youth Late

Members and Benefactors can discover more about our amazing marine animals and their habitats, led by our wonderful Aquarium team on Friday 15 November in Meet the Fish. They can also get exclusive insight into the care and repair of our objects with Conservators Julia and Charlotte on Friday 29 November in Behind the Scenes Tours.

Come along to Hear it Live! every Thursday and see performances and talks based 17th and 18th century instruments including three from the Finchcocks Collection.

Regular Activities

  • Horniman Market, Horniman Market
    Horniman Market

The Horniman Market has now moved to Sundays with the extended hours of 10am – 3pm. Pick up your weekly essentials direct from independent and local producers, located in our glorious Gardens. Enjoy seasonal fruit and veg, artisan bread, organic meat and delicious hot food as well as regular guest traders specialising in treats such as luxury chocolates, homemade jams and irresistible cakes.

Join lively Busy Bees sessions for Under 5s and their carers every Tuesday during term-time. Storytellers change every week, with enchanting stories from around the world, songs and a whole lot of Horniman fun. The autumn term ends on Tuesday 10 December.

If you are a new visitor to the Horniman, or would like a refresh about 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. You could also take one of our Curiosity Talks for an interesting insight into all manner of things, inspired by our collections every Tuesday and Thursday.

Our library will be open to the public on Sunday 3 November. 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.

Please Note

The Gardens will close at 4.50pm until Sunday 3 November. From Monday 4 November the Gardens will close at 4.20pm until Sunday 26 January 2020.