Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Horniman Museum and Gardens - What's On in November


Now open

A person with a child completing the giant Elmer puzzle

Elmer and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee

Until 16 April 2023

See beautiful original illustrations from the Elmer books and other classics by author and illustrator David McKee. Little ones can explore Elmer’s world with gentle playful elements including dressing up and reading areas, and solve a giant Elmer puzzle.

Free for Members and Benefactors.

Free Displays

The sonic sculpture being used by a visitor

The Sonic Mind

Until 4 January 2023

Interact with a sonic sculpture to explore music and stories by young people from south east London. 

See The Sonic Mind in the Music Gallery.

A collage style image where a black womxn holds up two pieces of hair

Intimate Archives

Until 27 November 2022

Don't miss your last chance to see this display which provides a window into African diasporic social experiments, rituals, and practices of hair care.

Detail of a monoprint of Internal Landscapes book cover which is a teal blue and flecked with white

Internal Landscapes

Opens 12 November 2022

An exhibition of artworks which reveal the layers and richness of Lewisham and its peoples. Curated by Dima Karout. Part of London Borough of Culture 2022.

Free activities

A woman and child making some craft

Family Craft Saturdays

Every Saturday, 2-4pm

Join in fun family craft activities to mark the Day of the Dead Mexican festival and Disability History Month. Run by our wonderful volunteers.

Rebeca Omordia seated by an 18th century virginal in the Music Gallery

Hear it Live!

Thursday 24 November, 3.30pm

Rebeca Omordia (piano) and Francesca Chiejina (soprano) perform songs by Nigerian composers.

Members' Week  21- 27 November

Two girls touching a grey fluffy rabbit that is being held by a member of staff.

We are holding our first ever Members’ Week to thank our amazing members for their support. There will be special events for Members including a Winter Walk with our Head of Horticulture Errol Fernandes, and an extra discount in our Shops.

Membership provides fantastic value if you visit the Horniman at least twice each year, with benefits including free entry to our paid exhibitions, Aquarium and Butterfly House.

In the Gardens

The Gardens close at 4.20pm for the rest of this year.

The Grasslands Gardens at sunset in autumn

Grassland Gardens

Open daily

Featuring spectacular plants from North American prairie and South African grasslands, the Grassland Gardens continue to provide beautiful colours and textures throughout the autumn.

Scarlet-coloured California fuschia planted in waste concrete and rock outside the Butterfly House

Award-winning Gardens

The Horniman recently won Best Heritage Garden of the Year 2022 in the London in Bloom Awards. Praised for our approach to mitigating climate change and supporting biodiversity, find out more about how planting in the Gardens is having to adapt.

Trails and tours

A buhai drum which has a long tail of horse hair attached to the centre of the drum membrane.

Hair Trail

Follow our trail to see an interesting collection of hair stories from around the Horniman, and explore some of the content that featured in our Hair: Untold Stories exhibition - now on tour at Tullie House in Carlisle. Take the trail onsite or at home via our free digital guide on the Bloomberg Connects app.