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Hands on Base

In our Hands on Base Gallery, you can explore thousands of fascinating objects from our Handling Collection through touching, wearing and discovering them for yourself!  

Much of our Handling Collection contains real objects and not reproductions, providing a special opportunity to investigate up close, collections similar to those in the other Horniman Galleries.

Whether you’re interested in Mexican masks, instruments from India, endangered animals or simply want to be surprised, you’ll find inspiration in the Hands on Base. You might find treasures that spark memories of your past experiences.

See our What's On page to find out when you can explore the Hands on Base on the Weekends and during School Holidays. During the week our Hands on Base gallery is booked for School and Community Group sessions.

You can also use the Music Gallery Hands On Space to experiment with sound on real instruments from around the world. This Hands On Space is usually open to visitors, although may be closed if being used by a school group.