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Brick Wonders

Saturday 16 February to Sunday 27 October Discover amazing wonders from around the world made entirely from LEGO® bricks.

From an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge, and from the natural wonder of a coral reef to the modern marvel of the international space station, travel through history and explore over 50 models made using half a million LEGO® bricks.
 
Build your imagination at the interactive play areas, and don’t miss two special models of Horniman icons created especially for the show.
 
Ticket prices:  Child £5; Adult £9: Family (up to 2 adults, 2 children) £20. Prices include voluntary 10% Gift Aid donation. Horniman Members and Benefactors enjoy free, unlimited visits to the exhibition. See www.horniman.ac.uk for more information.
 
Displays
 
The Lore of the Land
Until Sunday 2 June
The first exhibition in our new arts space, The Studio, explores our deep-rooted relationship with the natural world. 
Artist Serena Korda has worked with a Collective of local community members to create a multi-sensory installation featuring ceramic artworks dispensing scents inspired by the Horniman Gardens, and a soundscape based on recordings of the chemical processes occurring in plants and trees. The exhibition includes a display of 100 objects from the Horniman’s anthropology collection which have been selected by Korda and a Collective of local community members.
Free
 
Sea Nomads
Saturday 26 January to Sunday 23 June 
The Bajau Laut, an ethnic group of Malay origin, are some of the last true marine nomads. For centuries they have lived out their lives almost entirely at sea. Photographer James Morgan highlights efforts to conserve their culture and the spectacular underwater environments they have called home for centuries.
Free
 
EVOLUTION of The Artist and The Exhibited Works 
Until Sunday 17 March 
An installation of beautifully crafted life-size crochet animal sculptures by UK based Crochetdermy® artist Shauna Richardson. Part natural history, part anthropology, the display includes trophy heads of a bear and a lioness, as well as monkeys and an infographic showing the ‘evolution’ of Shauna’s work. 
Supported by Roseberys Auctioneers.
Free
 
Claire Morgan
Opens Saturday 18 May 
Internationally-exhibited visual artist Claire Morgan creates new works for the Horniman, including a dramatic installation in Gallery Square.
Free
 
Grasslands Garden
Now open
Wander through wild landscapes in the Grasslands Garden, featuring spectacular plants from North American prairie and South African grasslands. Celebrating critically threatened wild landscapes, during the spring months visitors will be able to see pasqueflowers and shooting stars flowering together.
 
Linked to the World Gallery, the naturalistic planting scheme was devised by Olympic Park designer James Hitchmough.
Free
 
Special Events
 
Outset Teen Tours
Saturdays 16, 23 February and 20, 27 April, 1pm
Get a fresh perspective on our collections with these special tours designed and led by a young person. Support by Outset in partnership with Mishcon de Reya.
Free, drop in
 
Crossing Borders 2019: Connection Horizons

Saturday 2 March, 11-4pm
Celebrate the diversity of our neighbourhood and enjoy activities including workshops and art and craft, organised in collaboration with local organisations who work with refugees and asylum seekers. 
Free. Everyone welcome
 
Horniman X Goldsmiths
Thursday 21 March, 6.30-10pm 
Explore the Horniman at night with Goldsmiths academics and students who give creative and critical responses to our collections, gallery spaces, and history.
For ticket details go to www.horniman.ac.uk. Over-18s only
 
Youth Takeover Family Day
Saturday 23 March, 12noon-4pm
The Horniman Youth Panel take over the Museum for a day of family friendly activities inspired by performance. Part of the Lewisham Live Festival.
Free, drop in
 
Spring Welly Walk on the Nature Trail
Saturday 27 April, 1.45-3.30pm
Get your wellies on and join us on the Horniman Nature Trail to explore the animals, insects and plants that thrive there in spring. Have a go at sweep-netting, tree-beating and identifying what you discover.
Suitable for children aged 5+.
Tickets: Child £3, Adults £5 
 
Dawn Chorus Walk

Saturday 4 May, 5-7am
Experience the many bird songs that make up the dawn chorus on an early morning tour of the Horniman Gardens. Ornithologist David Darrell-Lambert will help you to identify the birds as you hear them. Hot drink and pastry included. 
Suitable for ages 10+.
Tickets: Child £5, Adult £8 
 
Regular Events
 
Horniman Farmers’ Market 

Every Saturday, 9am-1.30pm 
Visit the Horniman Farmers’ Market every Saturday to pick-up your weekly essentials direct from independent and local producers. Located in our glorious Gardens you will find stalls selling seasonal fruit and veg, artisan bread, organic meat, craft beer and delicious hot food. We also have regular guest traders specialising in treats such as luxury chocolates, homemade jams and irresistible cakes.
Free entry
 
Library Open Day 
First Sunday of each month, 10.30am–5.30pm
Browse our library collections and see some of the library treasures. 
Free, drop in 
 
Hear it Live! 

Last Tuesday of every month, 3.30-4pm
Join us in the Music Gallery to hear performances and talks based on our musical instrument collection, including our 18th-century harpsichord. 
Free
 
‘Welcome to the Horniman’ Tours
Wednesdays and Saturdays 4pm, Sundays 11.30am
Our Visitor Hosts provide a short introduction to the Horniman on these informal tours. 
 
Curiosity Talks

Tuesdays, 4pm and Saturdays, 11.30am
Enjoy talks on a range of fascinating objects and topics, delivered by our Visitor Hosts.
Free, drop in.
 
Regular Family Activities
 
A World of Stories
Every Sunday (except 21 April 2019), 2-2.45pm and 3.15-4pm
Enjoy stories from some of the best storytellers in London. Their tales bring the Horniman’s varied collections to life and will whisk you away to faraway places and different times. Suitable for families with children aged 5+.
Free
 
Art Makers
Every Saturday, 1.30 and 2.45pm 
Excluded dates: 2 March, 23 March, 20 April
Have fun with different art techniques to create something fabulous to take home inspired by the Horniman’s collections and exhibitions or seasonal celebrations. Different themes each week. Suitable for families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets: Child £2.50
 
Sat 2 Feb Celebrate Chinese New Year - make your own Chinese Dragon Mask 
 
Sat 9 Feb Celebrate carnival in Venice by designing and making your own fabulous, wearable carnival wings.
 
Sat 16 Feb Polar Bear Dens – Be inspired by Brick Wonders, our new exhibition which celebrates the wonders of the world using miniature models. Join us to make your own model of a snowy polar bear den complete with a polar bear who lives inside!
 
Sat 23 Feb   Polar Bear Dens - Be inspired by Brick Wonders, our new exhibition which celebrates the wonders of the world using miniature models. Join us to make your own model of a snowy polar bear den complete with a polar bear who lives inside!
 
Sat 9 Mar Carnival Bird Shakers - It’s Carnival time in Rio! Shake up some sounds with your own colourful, feathery carnival bird shaker!
 
Sat 16 Mar Carnival Bird Shakers - It’s Carnival time in Rio! Shake up some sounds with your own colourful, feathery carnival bird shaker!
 
Sat 30 Mar   Walrus Models - Celebrate International Day of the Seal by using modelling materials to make a walrus friend, and an icy rock for it to sit on.
 
Sat 6 Apr Walrus Models - Celebrate International Day of the Seal by using modelling materials to make a walrus friend, and an icy rock for it to sit on.
 
Sat 13 Apr Frog Paper Bag Puppets - Find out about Save the Frogs Day and make a frog paper bag puppet to hop away with you!
 
Sat 27 Apr Frog Paper Bag Puppets - Find out about Save the Frogs Day and make a frog paper bag puppet to hop away with you!
 
Sat 4 May Birds in Nests – Use modelling materials to make a beautiful bird in a textured nest.
 
Sat 11 May Birds in Nests - Use modelling materials to make a beautiful bird in a textured nest.
 
Sat 18 May   Bug Puppets - Celebrate Biodiversity Week by making a Bug Puppet – ladybird or beetle? Choose your favourite and create a fun, wiggly puppet to play with.
 
Sat 25 May Bug Puppets – Celebrate Biodiversity Week by making a Bug Puppet - ladybird or beetle? Choose your favourite and create a fun, wiggly puppet to play with.
 
Busy Bees
Every Tuesday and Wednesday (Except Feb half term: 19 and 20 Feb, 19 March, Easter holidays: 9, 10, 16 and 17 April, 1 May, May half term: 28 and 29 May)
10am, 10.45am, 11.30am
Lively sessions for under-5s and their parents/carers during term-time. Activities include storytelling, art and craft and outdoor play. These sessions are not suitable for nursery school groups.
Free, tickets available on the day
 
Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers

Every Saturday, 11-11.30am
Except 2 March, 23 March, 20 April
Discover the collections that make the Horniman special in our Hands on Base. Each week these fun family sessions will explore a different theme using objects from our Handling Collection, from flying animals to musical instruments. Suitable for families with children aged 3+.  
Free, drop-in
 
Sat 2 Feb Chinese New Year – find out how Chinese New Year is celebrated, then try on masks and costumes from our collection. 
 
Sat 9 Feb Masks – find out about some of the special occasions that people wear masks for, then try on some of the masks from our collection.
 
Sat 16 Feb    Wonderful Horniman – find out about some of the wonderful objects in our collections.
 
Sat 23 Feb Toys - find out why toys and playing are so important, then have fun playing with some of the toys from our collection.
 
Sat 9 Mar Carnival – find out why and how people in different countries celebrate Carnival, and then join in the celebration by trying on masks and playing instruments from our collection.
 
Sat 16 Mar Music – find out why people from around the world play music and then enjoy playing some of the instruments from our collection.
 
Sat 30 Mar     Animals - find out how and why animals change their bodies or behaviour to survive in the wild and then explore taxidermy animals from our collection.
 
Sat 6 Apr Oceans – find out about different creatures that live in the Ocean and then get up close to some amazing objects from our collection.
 
Sat 13 Apr Spring – it’s the start of spring, come along and find out more about how insects help plants to reproduce.
 
Sat 27 Apr Fossils - find out how fossils are formed, then touch some real fossils from our collection and see if you can name any of them.
 
Sat 4 May Flying Animals - find out how different birds and animals fly and then touch taxidermy animals from our collection.
 
Sat 11 May Music – find out why people from around the world play music and then enjoy playing some of the instruments from our collection.
 
Sat 18 May Nature – find out about some of the amazing insects in our collections and how they help plants. 
 
Sat 25 May     Bees – do you know a honeybee from a bumblebee?  Come along to this fun family session and find out.
 
Hands on Base: Open for All
Every Sunday, except 21 April 11am–12.30pm
Touch and explore real Museum objects ranging from costumes to thumb pianos in our Hands on Base. Everyone welcome. 
Free, drop-in
 
February Half Term
Monday 18 to Friday 22 February
 
LEGO® Workshops
Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 February
Join us for some brick-tastic LEGO® building and making workshops with LEGO© pro, Bricks McGee. Can you build the tallest tower, the longest bridge, build a drag race car or create your own LEGO® garden creation? Full details of workshops and timings on our website. Suitable for children aged 5+.
Tickets: £7.50
 
Family Art Fun

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11am–3.30pm (last entry at 2.45pm)
Enjoy free and fabulous craft activities inspired by our family-friendly exhibition Brick Wonders - make a dinosaur diorama or bird box!
Free
 
Horniman Explorers
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11am-12.30pm, 2-3.30pm
Drop into our Hands on Base to take part in short challenges and activities such as trying on clothes, playing musical instruments, drawing and exploring museum objects.
Free
 
Big Wednesday: Wonderful Horniman
Wednesday 20 February, 10.30am-3.30pm
Join us for fun family activities and storytelling to explore some of the wonders of our collections inspired by our exhibition Brick Wonders.
Free
 
Easter Holidays
 
Family Art Fun

Monday 8 April to Thursday 18 April except Good Friday, Wednesdays and weekends, 11am – 3.30pm (last entry at 2.45pm)
Enjoy free and fabulous craft activities inspired by spring and our Gardens – make masks and caterpillar puppets or Easter chick nests!
Free
 
Mon 8 Apr Celebrate Spring at the Horniman by making and decorating a brilliant springtime mask.
 
Tues 9 Apr Celebrate Spring at the Horniman by making and decorating a brilliant springtime mask.
 
Thurs 10 Apr Creeping Caterpillar Puppets – Spring is the time for caterpillars, have fun creating your own fantastic puppet.
 
Fri 11 Apr Creeping Caterpillar Puppets – Spring is the time for caterpillars, have fun creating your own fantastic puppet. 
 
Mon 15 Apr Easter Chick Nests – it’s almost Easter time, join us to make a chick and a cosy nest for it to sleep in.
 
Tues 16 Apr Easter Chick Nests - it’s almost Easter time, join us to make a chick and a cosy nest for it to sleep in.
 
Thu 18 Apr Easter Chick Nests - it’s almost Easter time, join us to make a chick and a cosy nest for it to sleep in.
 
Horniman Explorers
Monday 8 April, Friday 11 April and Monday 15 April, 11am-12.30pm, 2-3.30pm
Discover the collections that make the Horniman special! Drop into our Hands on Base to take part in short challenges and activities such as trying on clothes, playing musical instruments and drawing museum objects.
Free
 
Mini-beast Safari
Thursday 11 and 18 April, 11am (Members only), 12pm, 2pm 3pm (45 mins sessions)
Join us to hunt for creepy crawlies and bugs on the Horniman Nature Trail and discover the variety of insect life to be found in London in spring. Suitable for children aged 3+.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. These activities are not suitable for prams or pushchairs.
Tickets: Child £2.50 
 
Pond Dipping

Tuesdays 9 and 16 April, 11am (Members only), 12pm, 2pm, 3pm (45 mins sessions)
Join us to explore nature and wildlife in the pond on the Horniman Nature Trail. Suitable for children aged 5+.
Tickets: Child £2.50 
 
Big Wednesday: Spring Flavours
Wednesday 10 April, 10.30am-3.30pm
Join us for a day of family activities inspired by some of the wonders growing in our Gardens this spring. 
Free
 
Family Bat Walk
Friday 12 April, 7-9pm
Learn more about bats, our only flying mammal. Create some bat inspired art and craft and then go on a bat hunt using real bat detectors to discover what species might be living in the Gardens. Suitable for children aged 8+.
Tickets: Child £3, Adult £5 
 
Big Wednesday: Spring Festivals
Wednesday 17 April, 10.30am-3.30pm
A day of exciting activities showing how people around the world celebrate the start of spring with their spring festivals.
Free
 
A World of Stories

Friday 19 April, 11am, 12.15pm, 2pm, 3.15pm
Be whisked away to faraway places and different times in these enjoyable storytelling sessions inspired by the Horniman’s collections. Suitable for children aged 5+.
Free
 
Easter Fair
Saturday 20 April and Sunday 21 April, 10.30am–4.30pm  
Join in the Easter fun with the whole family at the Horniman Easter Fair!
Go on our Easter trail, create something crafty in our workshops, sit down for some storytelling, have your face painted and enjoy family activities across the Gardens. 
Free entry 
 
 
 
May Half Term
27 May – 31 May
 
A World of Stories

Monday 27 May, 11am, 12.15pm, 2pm, 3.15pm
Be whisked away to faraway places and different times in these enjoyable storytelling sessions inspired by the Horniman’s collections. Suitable for children aged 5+.
Free
 
Family Art Fun
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
11am-3.30pm (last entry 2.45pm)
Enjoy free craft activities inspired by bees! Make a bee mask to buzz around the Gardens in! Suitable for children for aged 3+.
Free
 
Pond Dipping

Tuesdays 28 May, 11am (Members only), 12pm, 2pm, 3pm (45 mins sessions)
Join us to explore what nature and wildlife live in the pond on the Horniman Nature Trail in late spring. Suitable for children aged 5+. All children must be accompanied by an adult. These activities are not suitable for prams or pushchairs.
Tickets: Child £2.50
 
Big Wednesday: The Great British Bee Count

Wednesday 29 May, 10.30am-3.30pm
We’ll be buzzing with family-friendly bee activities as part of the nationwide Great British Bee Count initiative. Come and discover all about bees!
Free
 
Mini-beast Safari
Thursday 30 May, 11am (Members only), 12pm, 2pm 3pm (45 mins sessions)
Join us to hunt for creepy crawlies and bugs on the Horniman Nature Trail and discover the variety of insect life to be found in London in spring. 
Suitable for children aged 3+.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. These activities are not suitable for prams or pushchairs.
Tickets: Child £2.50
 
Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers
Friday 31 May, 11am-12.30pm, 2-3.30pm
Discover the collections that make the Horniman special! Explore and touch things from puppets to sharks jaws in our Hands on Base.
Free, drop in
 
Online
 
Tea Trail London 
Tea Trail London - www.teatrail.london – is a web app launched by the Horniman exploring the heritage of tea in London through three unique trails: Tea Through Time, World Tea Tastes and Taking Afternoon Tea. Aimed at encouraging international and UK visitors to London, as well as curious Londoners, to discover and explore new sites in the capital, Tea Trail London brings out the historic stories of tea in a variety of fascinating London venues including museums, shops and tea houses. 
 
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