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Join us for a day of family fun celebrating World Oceans Day. 

Come and learn about the oceans and what you can do to help conserve ocean habitats.

Take part in interactive activities, go on an underwater storytelling journey and have a go at our ocean-themed poetry competition.

You can explore ocean objects with our curators and see a new giant turtle taxidermy specimen on display in our Natural History Gallery.

Puppet Walkaround - The Lost and Tangled Forests

  • Times: 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3.30pm
  • Location: The Avenue 

Say hello to some friendly fish swimming by. Pick up a pledge card from the fish and tell us how you plan to help #beatplasticpollution.

Each walkaround will last for around 30 minutes from the start time.

In the Gardens, near the Museum. 

Journey into the Deep: Storytelling and Singing

  • Times: 10.45am, 11.45am, 1.45pm, 2.45pm
  • Location: Education Centre

All aboard for an ocean adventure with stories, songs and craft.

Queue outside the Museum, along the side of the shop window.

Sessions last for around 35-40 minutes. Suitable for ages 3+.

Horniman Explorers

  • Times: 11am-12.30pm
  • Location: Hands on Base

Join special guests from our Aquarium and Natural History teams to explore oceans objects in our Hands on Base.

Suitable for all ages.

#BeatPlasticPollution pop up display

  • Times: 10.30am-5.30pm
  • Location: Aquarium

Our oceans contain a wealth of diverse creatures, but our use of plastics are transforming healthy habitats into lifeless reefs and harming the species that live in them.

We're injecting a dose of reality into our tanks with this plastic litter pop-up installation. 

Suitable for all ages.

Meet the Curator: Spotlight on Sharks

  • Time: 1.30pm
  • Location: Natural History Gallery

Meet Emma Nicholls, our Deputy Keeper of Natural History, to hear all about these amazing animals and touch a real shark jaw.

The talk lasts for around 20 minutes. Suitable for adults and children aged 7+.

Meet the Curator: Lego Lost at Sea

  • Time: 2.30pm
  • Location: Natural History Gallery

Meet Jo Hatton, our Keeper of Natural History, talking about the ‘Lego Lost at Sea’ project with a chance to see some of the recovered pieces.

22 years ago today, nearly five million bits of Lego fell into the sea when a huge wave hit the cargo ship Tokio Express, washing 62 containers overboard. One contained over 4.7 million pieces of Lego, much of it sea themed.

These Lego pieces have washed up all over the world and pieces are still washing up.

The talk lasts for around 20 minutes. Suitable for adults and children aged 7+.

Meet the Curator: Turtles in Trouble

  • Time: 3.30pm
  • Location: Natural History Gallery

Meet Jo Hatton, our Keeper of Natural History, to hear about our new turtle exhibit, the plight of turtles in our oceans and what you can do to help.

The talk lasts for around 20 minutes. Suitable for adults and children aged 7+.

Poetry Competition

  • Time: all day
  • Location: Natural History Gallery

Pick up a poetry sheet from our pledge table by the entrance to the Natural History Gallery and enter to win either an oceans goodie bag (for younger entrants age 5-11 years) or a behind-the-scenes Aquarium tour (older entrants 12-18 years).