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Happening at the Horniman: September 2014

The school term is starting and the kids are back in class, but we still have a full programme of family events, as well as some special evenings planned for grownups.

Evening Events for Adults

Kate Mosse Talks Taxidermy

The best-selling author joins us at the Horniman on Thursday 11 September for an evening of entertainment to celebrate the launch of her new novel, The Taxidermist's Daughter. Featuring taxidermy talks and tours, demonstrations, photobooth, live music and special guest Sandi Toksvig.

Tickets £10, including a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. Book online now.

You can read more about Kate's inspiration for this book and why she chose to launch it at the Horniman on our blog.


Behind the Scenes Tours

Get a good look at what our in-house experts get up to behind the scenes as they give special evening tours.

Thursday 4 September: Tour of the Gardens with our Head of Horticulture - tickets £5

Thursday 25 September: Tour of the Horniman's Off-site Store - tickets £10, including travel from Forest Hill

Open House London

Join us on 20 September for behind the scenes tours of the Horniman with museum director Janet Vitmayer and learn more about the design of the building by Edwardian architect Charles Harrison Townsend.

Book tickets for 2pm, or 4pm.

Courses and Workshops

Our new term of adult courses starts this month. Sing along with the Raise the Roof choir on Tuesdays or Thursdays, sign up to learn more about classical music with Music Matters, or take up yoga on Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings.

Family Events

  • Art Makers, Photo by Megan Taylor
    , Photo by Megan Taylor

Get hands on with real museum objects in our fun family workshops every Saturday.

Make hanging bats, owl pencil holders or angler fish masks in our Saturday Art Makers sessions.

Enter a World of Stories every Sunday afternoon.

Explore the Horniman's Hands on Base every Sunday with Discovery for All - a perfect chance for grown-ups to get hands on too!

Our under-5s group Busy Bees returns on 16 September, running every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Other Regular Events

Pick up some excellent local produce at the Farmers' Market, approaching its one year anniversary this month.

Hear our restored 18th century Kirckman Harpsichord played live in the Music Gallery.


The first week of September is your last chance to see our beautiful photography exhibtion, Whisper of the Stars. Bryan Alexander's images will be on display on the Balcony Gallery until Sunday 7 September.

  • Whisper of the Stars, Nenets draught reindeer graze during a rest stop on their autumn migration. Yamal, north west Siberia. (1993)− © Bryan Alexander
    Nenets draught reindeer graze during a rest stop on their autumn migration. Yamal, north west Siberia. (1993)

Extremes continutes into the new school year. Visit until 2 November to discover the extreme methods animals and plants use to survive in the planet's harshest environments.

Our outdoor exhibition Extremes Garden has been extended until 14 September. Find it near the Animal Walk.