Wednesday 2 December 2020

Horniman Museum and Gardens - December news from the Horniman


Horniman Museum and Aquarium reopen this Thursday 3 December

We look forward to welcoming you back into the Horniman Museum and Aquarium from this Thursday 3 December.

All the previous safety measures remain in place including pre-booked and timed admission, a one-way route in the Museum, and the need to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Our beautiful Gardens are still open, including the Café, kiosks, toilets and Sunday market. Please continue to follow social distancing and the latest safety advice.

Please visit our website to book your tickets in advance and to prepare for your visit.
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From Birth till Death: Scrolled Life Stories

Opens 5 December 2020
Free as part of your Museum visit

Enter a dramatic installation of painted papyrus scrolls and discover local life stories told in symbols. Suspended from the ceiling, the scrolls float within a soundscape interspersed with the voices of their makers, telling the everyday stories of resilience, joy and heartache that is at the centre of all our lives. You can also create your own life story scrolls in the exhibition space or at home. 

Read more about the From Birth till Death exhibition
Biscuits at the Horniman Cafe
Horniman Café
Open daily, 9am – 5.30pm
Visit the Horniman Café to enjoy a delicious new all-day breakfast menu, hot and cold meals, light snacks, tea, coffee, beers and wine. You can also pick up a takeaway lunch from the Gardens kiosk during the week. At the weekends, tempting sweet and savoury crepes are served from the Café Terrace Kiosk.

Read more about food and drink at the Horniman

You do not need a museum entry ticket to visit the Horniman Café. Table service only is in operation.
Horniman Market graphic
Horniman Market
Sundays, 10am – 3pm
Pick up essential food items including fresh fruit, veg and meat, and enjoy tasty hot food such as falafel, burritos and pizza. For the latest updates on which stalls will be at the Market each week, follow @HornimanMarket on Twitter. 
Over Christmas and New Year, the Market will be closed on Sundays 27 December 2020 and 3 January 2021.

Free entry
Find out about the Horniman Market
Hear it Live! Digital
Wednesday 23 December, available online from 3pm
Enjoy an online Yuletide performance by Marilyn Harper on the 19th-century pipe organ which is on display in the Horniman’s Music Gallery. Marilyn will perform two works written for Advent and Christmas.
Find out more about Marilyn’s performance

Watch previous Hear it Live! concerts on the Horniman’s YouTube channel, including recent performances by Rebeca Omordia on the square piano and Masumi Yamamoto on the harpsichord.
Bee Garden wins Bees Needs Champions Award

The Horniman’s Bee Garden, which is a haven for multiple bee species, has won a Bees’ Needs Champions Award. The awards recognise parks and greenspaces working to protect pollinators.

Created during the first Coronavirus lockdown, the Bee Garden includes three bee hotels, 29 floral species that attract and provide food for bees, and a pollution-absorbing sculpture.
Read the Bee Garden award news story
Gift Membership
Treat someone to a whole year of inspiration and delight with a Horniman Gift Membership. Your gift will also help us continue to care for and share our collections and gardens for many years to come.
To purchase a Gift Membership in time for Christmas please contact the Horniman Members' Office by 5pm on Friday 11 December:
Gift Memberships can also be purchased from the Ticket Desk during usual opening hours.

Find out about Horniman Members
London Landmarks Half Marathon
Sunday 23 May 2021

We’re delighted to be taking part in the London Landmarks Half Marathon in 2021 (LLHM) with a limited number of charity places.

This is not your average half marathon. Following the global Covid-19 pandemic, LLHM 2021 will be re-themed to celebrate grand, quirky and hidden landmarks.

So if you are a runner, want a challenge and show your appreciation of your local landmark by raising some much needed funds for us then this event is for you! 

Find out about the London Landmarks Half Marathon 2021
696 Resident Artists
696 is a Horniman project which aims to platform the cutting edge of south London’s music scene, championing music genres that have been disproportionately affected by bias in legislation.

We are delighted to announce five south London musicians have been appointed as Resident Artists to the programme: Afronaut Zu, DemiMa, Eerf Evil, Richie and Roxanne Tataei. During the residency, the Artists will develop an artistic project in response to the Horniman’s collection of musical instruments.
Find out more about the 696 project and the Resident Artists
Seasonal opening times

The Museum is open from 10am to 5.30pm everyday throughout the festive period, except 24 to 26 December when we are closed.

The Gardens will be closed on 25 December only, but please check the website for daily opening and closing times.
Full details of our opening hours are on the website.

We wish you a peaceful and healthy festive season and New Year.