Wednesday 8 February 2023

Horniman Museum and Gardens - What's On in February


New exhibition

A LEGO® model of a Masiakasaurus dinosaur looking fearsome.

Brick Dinos

Opens 10 February 2023

Step back in time and meet dinosaurs and other prehistoric giants face to face, each one masterfully built using LEGO® bricks. Incredible models include the raptor-like Masiakasaurus, a life-sized flying pterosaur, and on display for the first time – a new model of a Polacanthus, a species found in the UK.

The exhibition also features rarely-seen specimens from the Horniman’s collections, and hands-on activities for children to enjoy.

Free for Members and Benefactors.

February half term

A child modelling a green dinosaur tail with red sails

Make a Dinosaur Tail

13 - 17 February
Various times

Get your roars at the ready, and make your very own dinosaur tail from old jeans and scrap fabrics in a fun workshop with Make Mee Studio. 

Make Mee Studio aims to mend our relationship with clothing by empowering children and adults with sewing and craft skills.

The front cover of the book Montgomery Bonbon: Murder at the Museum

Montgomery Bonbon: Museum Mystery Trail

11 - 19 February

Go undercover and test your detective skills as we celebrate the release of ‘Montgomery Bonbon: Murder at the Museum’ by comedian Alasdair Beckett-King. 

Pick up a trail at the Museum's Main Entrance. Organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums.

Free events

A woman and child making some craft together

Family Craft Saturdays

Every Saturday, 2–4pm

Make some fun craft to celebrate LGQTB+ History month and the opening of our new Brick Dinos exhibition.

Grifton Forbes-Amos playing the trumpet alongside Kian Cardenas playing the guitar

Hear it Live!

Thursday 9 February, 3.30-4pm

Grifton Forbes-Amos (trumpet), alongside Kian Cardenas (guitar) perform soulful jazz music by Black artists.

Exhibitions and Displays

A child holding up and looking through a magnifying glass in the Elmer exhibition.

Elmer and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee

Until 16 April 2023

Step into McKee's colourful world, and enjoy original illustrations from the Elmer books and other classic stories by the author and illustrator.

Free for Members and Benefactors

A wide angle photo of the Dolphin Head Mountain display

Dolphin Head Mountain

Until 14 May 2023

A free display by London-based artist Harun Morrison, invites you to consider the connections and conflicts between conservation and different forms of extraction.

Look out for free performances in front of the display on 23, 24 and 25 February.

In the Gardens

The skeleton model of the velociraptor in the Prehistoric Garden

There is always lots to see and do in the Gardens. Discover plants and trees that were around during the period of the dinosaurs in the Prehistoric Garden, play on the giant musical instruments in the Sound Garden, and get a close up view of alpacas, goats and other domesticated animals in the Animal Walk.

Until 5 February, the Gardens close at 4.20pm. From 6 February the Gardens close at 5.30pm, giving you more time to enjoy the beautiful landscapes.

Path Repairs

Starting from Monday 6 February, significant works to improve the footpaths and paving in the Gardens will be taking place. While we will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum, there may be some short term changes to routes around the Gardens while the works are completed. Please do check our website for updates when planning your visit.

Get more from your visit

Children and an adult in the Aquarium by the Amazonian Rainforest tank, watching a staff member in the tank

Horniman Members

Join Horniman Members today for unlimited free entry to our Brick Dinos and Elmer exhibitions, as well as the Aquarium and Butterfly House.

Membership offers best value for money if you are visiting more than twice each year, and directly supports the care of our collections and Gardens. 

A hand holding a mobile with the screen showing the Bloomberg Connects app and the Natural History Gallery in the background

Explore the Horniman with our digital guide

Go behind the scenes at the Horniman with our free digital guide on the Bloomberg Connects app. Discover highlights from the collections, exclusive content from our curators as well as tours and trails.

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