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Temporary closure

The Horniman Butterfly House will be closed from Sunday 5 January 2020 while work is carried out to replace the pathway inside. We are sorry for any disappointment that this may cause but look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Butterfly House by Saturday 15 February 2020.

The Horniman butterflies will be taking a winter holiday with ZSL London Zoo while the work takes place.

Get up close

Get up close with hundreds of beautiful butterflies in our tropical indoor garden.

The specially-planted habitat is the perfect place to experience butterflies free-flying all around you and to discover amazing facts about the life-cycle and behaviour of these fascinating creatures.

Spot different species from across the world, and visit the shop for a range of butterfly and nature inspired gifts for all ages.


Entry to the Butterfly House is by timed ticket, as there is limited capacity inside. There are new entry slots every 15 minutes from 10am until last admission (times below), however you are welcome to stay and enjoy the Butterfly House as long as you wish until closing time. Members and Benefactors can book a free ticket using the link above. 

You will receive your etickets which you will need to show on the day (either on your mobile device or printed). Members and Benefactors will need to show their members or benefactor card.

Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Opening times and location

Please make sure you allow enough time for your visit to the Butterfly House. We will be open slightly longer during British Summer Time (BST), and close earlier during the winter period:



Opening time

Last admission

Closing time

Winter Hours

From 27 October – 3 March




Summer Hours

From 4 March 




The Butterfly House is located at the top of the Gardens, behind the Animal Walk and the Prehistoric Garden.

You may need to queue during busy timeslots while a member of staff checks your ticket. There is space for buggies in our designated buggy park outside of the Butterfly House to the right.

Ticket prices

The Butterfly House will be open daily and Horniman Members and Benefactors go free, but will need to book a ticket for their chosen time slot. You will need to show your membership or benefactor card on entrance.

The conditions of your Membership apply to Member tickets - for example, with the Family Member ticket you can book up to five places, for up to two adults and three children.

Every day a limited number of tickets will be made available for all entry times on a first come, first served basis.


Ticket Type


Family (2 adults, 2 children)


Family ticket with Gift Aid




Adult with Gift Aid




Child with Gift Aid


Combination tickets

Butterfly House + Aquarium


Combined Adult


Combined Child


Combined Family


Children under three may visit free of charge and carers accompanying visitors with access requirements get free admission, but you must book into a timeslot. A family ticket is for two adults and two children aged 3-16 years.

Combination tickets for the Aquarium and the Butterfly House are available to book through the 'Book Now' button above.

Advice on enjoying your visit

  • Please be aware that the butterflies may land on you, on the path or close to you, as they are free flying.
  • Please do not touch any caterpillars or plants during your visit.
  • The Butterfly House is a warm and humid place, so you may not wish to wear bulky coats or jumpers inside. We have lockers inside the Museum.
  • You aren't allowed to eat or drink inside the Butterfly House, as it may attract them to you and increase the chance of them leaving with you! It can also attract more harmful pests.
  • Please make sure you take care to watch where you step, so as not to crush the butterflies.
  • Please do not try to remove them from your clothing, as they are very delicate and may die in the process. Ask a member of staff if you need assistance.
  • Please close any bags and pockets (if possible) before entering, as you may discover a butterfly has hidden inside when you get home.
  • Please note that pets are not allowed into the Butterfly House, however, Guide Dogs or other assistance animals are welcome.
  • When you are about to leave, please check your clothes for any butterflies that may have landed on you. We have mirrors by the exit so that you can check your back too.
  • Please leave your buggy in the buggy park, so you don’t leave with an extra (winged) passenger.
  • There is no fixed seating available inside the Butterfly House, but please ask staff for foldable stools if you’d like to rest for a while.
  • You are welcome to take photographs with hand-held cameras. Please refer to our guidance on filming and photography for further details.