Tuesday 1 May 2018

Horniman Museum and Gardens - What's On in May at the Horniman

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Under the Sea Late
Thursday 17 May, 6.30–9.30pm

Dive deep into the ocean at this month's Late which is inspired by coral reefs. Enjoy aquatic installations, performances, films with live scores, music and talks. Find out about our pioneering Project Coral work, make your own coral reef corsage to take home, and get your face-painted with reef-inspired designs.

Tickets: £5. Over-18s only.
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Children enjoying a mini-beast hunt in the gardens
May Half Term
28 May–3 June

Enjoy a range of fun activities during May Half Term.

Join bee-themed Family Art Fun workshops throughout the week, and a day of family activities at Big Wednesday: The Great British Bee.

Explore the Horniman outdoors with Pond Dipping and Minibeast sessions and visit our exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed which has free entry for Members and Benefactors.

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Butterfly House
Open daily, 10am-5pm

Immerse yourself amongst colourful butterflies and beautiful planting in our Butterfly House. Pick up a Butterfly Spotters Guide to help you identify the butterflies and plants that you see, and learn about the life-cycles of these wonderful creatures  - you might even see butterflies hatching in the Puparium!

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Free entry for Members and Benefactors
Still life painting of vases and fruit
Friends’ Art Exhibition 2018
Saturday 2–Sunday 3 June

The 27th annual Friends’ Art Exhibition showcases paintings, print, textile art and sculptures from South London’s artistic community. All works are for sale and all proceeds support the Horniman’s projects.

Free entry
Dr Nick Merriman
Welcome to Nick

Dr Nick Merriman starts as Chief Executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens from today. He was previously Director of the Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester and interim Director of the Whitworth, and he succeeds Janet Vitmayer CBE who stepped down following 20 extraordinarily successful years at the helm of the Horniman.

Nick says: 'I have always greatly admired the Horniman for its combination of great collections, wonderful setting, excellent staff, and its ability to connect to wide audiences. I'm very much looking forward to moving back to London and building on Janet's great legacy.’

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Project Coral

The Horniman is undertaking ground-breaking research to save endangered corals and secure the world’s coral reefs for future generations. We are the first institution in the world to successfully induce coral spawning. Your support will help us to continue this vital work.

Donate to Project Coral and help us change the future of coral reproduction.

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Elsewhere in London

The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture
Sir John Soane’s Museum
16 May to 27 August 

The first exhibition devoted to Postmodernist British Architecture. Discover the work of five pivotal architects from one of British architecture’s most radical moments. See never-before-exhibited drawings, models, images and fragments, displayed in dialogue with the historic spaces of the Soane. Free entry.
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