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Happening at the Horniman: October 2017

Bloody Late

Join us on 19 October for this special evening dissecting the scientific and symbolic nature of blood, with performances, music, talks and more activities in a similar vein.

Half Term

Join us on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October when our storyteller from Dotted Line Theatre for a collection of riotous stories about ugly animals, from slimy slugs to gangly birds and gruesome fish to grody toads.

Our Hands On Base will be open on Monday and Friday during October half-term. Take part in a series of challenges that could have you trying on clothes, playing music, drawing and of course exploring objects.

On Wednesday 25 October join us for Big Wednesdays: Ugly Animals. Simon Watt, Conservationist, and Comedian will be putting on his fun family comedy show. Why should pandas get all the love just because they’re cute? Come along and find out about lots of ugly animals, why they evolved to look the way they do and get involved with Simon’s demonstrations.

Join us on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this October half-term to take part in free Horniman craft activities as part of Family Art Fun.


Join us for fiendish fun at our annual Halloween Fair on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October. Meet creepy crawlies in the Wild Fangs cave, enjoy spooky storytelling, and delve into our amazing arts and crafts markets and fabulous food stalls. Be sure to join Jumble Abode Theatre for some interactive storytelling fun for all the family.


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.

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.

  • Giraffe from The Robot Zoo, This friendly chap is waiting for you in The Robot Zoo, open until October.
    This friendly chap is waiting for you in The Robot Zoo, open until October.

Pop by Gallery Square to see India Unplugged, a colourful photography exhibition showcasing traditional music making in Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Odisha and Kerala.

  • Happening at the Horniman: June 2017, India Unplugged
    India Unplugged

Drop into the Natural History Gallery to see a new taxidermy loan from the Natural History Museum, a stunning Bengal tiger.

  • Happening at the Horniman: June 2017, Bengal Tiger, On loan from the Natural History Museum
    Bengal Tiger, On loan from the Natural History Museum

Check out the Wind Organ by Ali Miharbi in the Gardens, an incredible new musical installation sure to impress you.  

  • Ali_Miharbi_Wind_Organ_Horniman_300dpi (002), Delfina Foundation− © Delfina Foundation
    , Delfina Foundation

Coming Up This Month

Our Libary will be open on Sunday 1 October 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. We will also be celebrating the contributions of older people at the Horniman for Silver Sunday.

Every Thursday a group of adult music-lovers will meet every week at the Museum to listen to music and learn about musical traditions inspired by the Horniman collections for Music Matters!

On Saturday 7 October, designer and children's author Lisa Stickely will be hosting Making Pictures A colourful mixed-media workshop your young ones are sure to enjoy. You can also join us on the Horniman Nature Tail for a family friendly welly walk to discover the insects, animal, and plants that live there in autumn.

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

Tim Manning, a dulcimer maker and performer, will play his custom-built, newly installed hammered dulcimer on 31 October for Hear it Live!

Regular Family Activities

Busy Bees returns to take place every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Be whisked away to far off places every Sunday with A World of Stories.

Every SaturdayArt Makers will give you the chance to create some amazing art.

Every Saturday and Sunday the Hands on Base will be open for you to explore.

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.