Friday 3 July 2020

Horniman Museum and Gardens-

Reopening update

We're finalising plans for the safe reopening of the Horniman Museum as soon as possible. However, there is now more to enjoy in our Gardens which remain open every day.​

Please keep visiting us at and on social media for news and updates​. We'll also be in touch again soon.

Thank you for your continued support whilst the Museum has been closed. 
A tray biscuits including a Horniman Walrus cookie  and a gingerbread man
Café Kiosks in the Horniman Gardens
Now open

The Café Kiosks in the Gardens are now open. Enjoy hot and cold drinks, fresh sandwiches and salads, ice-cream and kids picnics on your next visit. All food is pre-packaged.

The current opening times are:
  • Monday to Friday, 11am to 6pm
  • Saturday, 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday, 9am to 6pm
Only card payment is accepted. Please use the designated queuing areas and follow social distancing guidelines.
Horniman Market
Every Sunday, 10am – 3pm

The Horniman Market is now open every Sunday, currently with a smaller group of traders. Visit to pick up essential food items and store cupboard goods. You can buy fresh produce including fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread and meat.

Only card payment is accepted. Hygiene measures are in place with all traders. Please follow social distancing guidelines when you visit.

Find out what traders are at the Horniman Market.
Gardens Update
Monday to Saturday, 7.15am–8.50pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays, 8am–8.50pm

Our Gardens are bursting into life with much for you to explore.

Visit our Bee Garden to see bee hotels and Flower Girl, a new sculpture by Jasmine Pradissitto. The sculpture absorbs harmful nitrogen dioxide pollution.

Wander through our colourful Grasslands Garden and spot some star plants of the summer season.

Follow the Gardens Walk on our website to discover more about the planting and amazing views.

As part of the phased reopening of our Gardens, Plonk Mini Golf returns on 4 July. Book your tickets online.

The Garden toilets are also now open. 
Frederick Horniman’s colonial legacy

In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the recent removal of statues that commemorate slave-traders, the Horniman’s Chief Executive, Nick Merriman, explores Frederick Horniman’s legacy.

Read about Frederick Horniman's colonial legacy
A japanese doll used in the girl's birthday festival "Hi Na Matsuri"
The Mindful Museum of Me

Did you know that your home is also a museum? Everyday objects can hold great meaning. They show the practical ways you live your life, your likes and interests and memories. Create your own museum at home using The Mindful Museum of Me resource, designed to relax and give you some quiet time.

Download The Mindful Museum of Me resource.
Nature Challenge: Minibeasts

Learn about minibeasts in this Nature Challenge for families. Find out what minibeasts look like and why they are good for the planet. Complete the fun mini-challenges to discover more. You can also make a Nature Notebook to write down your mini-challenge findings.

Go to the Minibeasts Nature Challenge

If you are still home schooling, check out our home education videos on YouTube. 
Great Walrus Tea Party

A huge thank you to everyone who has already held a Great Walrus Tea Party. We're blown away by your toothsome cakes and flippering good fundraising.

Haven't hosted your Great Walrus Tea Party yet? Luckily tea and cake are always a treat and a kind donation to support the work we do is appreciated on any day. Use our fundraising pack to stir up some baking ideas and have fun in the kitchen.

At your party, get creative and make an origami walrus or Horniman walrus mask. Or race against friends as you tackle our virtual jigsaw puzzles.
Download the Great Walrus Tea Party fundraising pack