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Happening at the Horniman: September 2017

With our Indian Summer season coming to a close, we look ahead to what you can expect to find at the Horniman in September 2017.

Indian Summer Events


Horniman MelaOur Indian Summer season isn't over yet. Join us on Sunday 3 September for a fun day of performances and activities inspired by popular South Asian festivals and celebratory traditions.


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.

  • India Unplugged, 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.

  • Bengal Tiger, 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 3 August 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 Live Music Now and the Horniman for All Together Now on Sunday 10 September, an interactive and fun session of music making for families with disabled children and their siblings.

Every Thursday from 21 September 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 Tuesday 26 September, the Horniman will play host to the public debut of gifted, young harpsichordist, Rosie Manford, as part of the Hear it Live! series. 

Raise the Roof, the Horniman's choir-in-residence returns for their first session Thursday 28 September.

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

Regular Family Activities

Busy Bees returns to take place every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 September.

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

Every Saturday in September, Art Makers will give you the chance to create some amazing art.

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

  • A Busy Bees session in the Hands on Base, Photo by Megan Taylor
    , Photo by Megan Taylor

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):