HORNIMAN MUSEUM AND GARDENS MAY 20126 LISTINGS
For full listings please go to www.horniman.ac.uk
Dawn Chorus Walk
Saturday 7 May, 5-7am
Join expert ornithologist David Darrell-Lambert for an early morning tour of the Horniman Gardens and learn to identify the many bird songs that make up the dawn chorus as part of International Dawn Chorus day. You’ll also get to touch taxidermy examples of some of the birds whose songs you heard and later warm up with a hot drink and pastry.
Suitable for children aged 10 years and over.
Tickets: £8 Adults, £5 Child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday 12 May, 6.30-9.30pm
Join us for a night of music, films, spoken word, talks and extravagant performances. Learn more about England’s LGBTQ history and heritage, try some tango moves, see portraits of LGBT asylum seekers, watch films about love, and experience a new performance piece by our artist-in-residence Robson Rozza. This event is part of Museums at Night.
Tickets: £5. Over-18s only.
May Half Term
Family Art Fun
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 30 May to 3 June, 11am-2.45pm
Join free and fabulous craft activities inspired by the sheep in our Animal Walk. Make woolly sheep models and a bug or beetle that can fly as you run!
Free. Suitable for families which children aged 3+.
Nature Explorers: Minibeast Safari
Tuesday 31 May, 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm
Search for creepy crawlies and bugs on our Nature Trail and discover the variety of insect life to be found in London during the early Summer. The Horniman Nature Trail is the oldest in London and is carefully managed to encourage wildlife.
Tickets: Child £3. Adults free. Suitable for families with children 3+. Not suitable for prams or pushchairs.
Big Wednesday: Cook and the Kangaroo
Wednesday 1 June, 11am-3.30pm
A day of activities inspired by our Cook and the Kangaroo display of ‘strange’ creatures from faraway lands as well as animals closer to home from our Animal Walk, sheep shearing, arts and crafts and more.
Nature Explorers: Pond Dipping
Thursday 2 June, 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm
Try your hand at pond dipping in our Nature Trail Pond and discover a summer environment bursting with life on the Nature Trail. All equipment is provided. Please dress for the weather. An alternative indoor event will be run in the event of very bad weather.
Tickets: Child £3. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for families with children aged 5+. Not suitable for prams or pushchairs.
Community Teachsport: ParkActive
Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June, 11am-3.30pm
Take part in healthy fun activities in the Gardens including sports from around the world, as well as a soft play and baby gym. Drop in anytime.
Free. For children aged 0-18 years and accompanying adults.
Take a Tour with Mr Horniman
Friday 3 June, 11.30am, 1.15pm & 3pm
Mr Horniman has stepped out of his time machine in his top hat and tails, to give you a special tour of his museum. He has some fantastic stories to tell and loves an audience!
Horniman Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday, 9am-1.30pm
A locally sourced, locally sold farmers’ market selling vegetables, meat, bread, flowers, hot food and much more in our glorious Gardens.
Every Saturday 1.30pm & 2.45pm
Have fun with different art techniques to create something fabulous to take home inspired by the Horniman’s collections or seasonal celebrations. Different themes each week, please check the website.
7 & 14 May: Bouncing Birds
21 & 28 May: Kangaroo Paper Bag Puppets
Tickets: £3 Child. For families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by adults.
A World of Stories
Every Sunday 2pm & 3.15pm
Our popular storytellers bring the Horniman’s collections and Gardens alive with enchanting stories from around the world.
Free. For families with children aged 5+.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday (except 18 May) 10.30am, 11.15am & 12noon
Lively sessions for under-5s and their parents/carers during term-time. Activities include creative play, stories and songs or simple art and craft.
Free. Collect tickets from the Ticket Desk area or Pavilion on the day. Please note: these sessions are not suitable for nursery school groups.
Discovery for All
Every Sunday 11am-12.30pm
Come and visit our Hands On Base and explore its thousands of real objects from around the world.
Free. Everyone welcome including adults without children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hands on Family Workshops
Every Saturday to 29 May
Touch real museum objects in these fun sessions for your family and explore a different theme each week with our unique handling collection.
Free. For families with children aged 3+.
Sat 7 May: Hands On Flying
Sat 14th May: Hands On Puppets
Sat 21st May: Hands On Africa
Sat 28th May: Hands On Animals
Hear it Live!
Tuesday 31 May, 3.30pm
A live performance on our 18th-century harpsichord in the Music Gallery. Everyone welcome.
Exhibitions and Displays
Dinosaurs: Monster Families
Saturday 13 February to Sunday 30 October 2016
Discover the fascinating world of dinosaurs and their young in this family-focused interactive exhibition. Dinosaurs: Monster Families shows how dinosaurs looked after their eggs, nests and babies. Meet a replica of ‘Baby Louie’ the nearly-complete skeleton of a dinosaur hatchling; dig in the discovery pit; touch a real dinosaur leg bone and come face-to-face with T-Rex’s relative – a life-size Tarbosaurus skeleton cast. Have fun at the interactive exploration stations, and enjoy an exciting programme of dinosaur-themed events and activities to complement the exhibition.
Ticket prices: Child £4.40; Adult £7.70; Family (2 adults, 2 children) £18.70. Prices include 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation. See www.horniman.ac.uk/dinosaurs for more information. Horniman Members enjoy free, unlimited visits to the exhibition.
Favela: Joy and Pain in the City
Saturday 23 April to Sunday 18 September
An exhibition of unique photographs showing the realities of favela life in Rio de Janeiro by three young Brazilian photographers. Photographers Bira, Elisângela and Adriano – each of whom comes from Brazil’s largest favela, Maré – show us their vision of Rio de Janeiro in this series of evocative photographs. Their photography captures the complexities of life in urban Brazil: the joy of children playing football and skateboarding, the presence of the armed forces, and carnival performers amidst the vistas and skylines of Rio. Each of the photographers has earned their reputation amongst contemporary Brazilian photographers through the exceptional quality of their work. Their work is presented by the Observatory of the Favelas based in Maré. This exhibition is part of the Horniman’s Brasil summer season. Further details of the Brasil season coming soon at www.horniman.ac.uk
Cook and the Kangaroo
Saturday 19 March to Sunday 5 June
See one of the first European paintings of an Australian animal, ‘The Kongouro from New Holland’ by the artist George Stubbs, alongside the Horniman’s taxidermy mount of an Eastern Grey Kangaroo. This small display will explore Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, which encountered new landscapes, people, plants and animals.
Part of a collaborative project between five museums, led by Royal Museums Greenwich, and funded by the Art Fund and HLF.
Tea Trail London
Tea Trail London – www.teatrail.london – is a web app curated 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.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens opened in 1901 as a gift to the people in perpetuity from tea trader and philanthropist Frederick John Horniman, to ‘bring the world to Forest Hill’. Today the Horniman has a collection of 350,000 objects, specimens and artefacts from around the world. Its galleries include natural history, anthropology, music and an acclaimed aquarium. Indoor exhibits link to the award-winning display gardens – from food and dye gardens to an interactive sound garden – set among 16 acres of beautiful, green space offering spectacular views across London. Our visitors come time and again to participate in our exciting range of events and activities, sample the tasty delights from our popular cafe, and shop for interesting gifts in our gift shop. We also make our spaces available for hire including our stunning Grade II listed Victorian Conservatory built in 1894 and newly built Gardens Pavilion.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens is core-funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and since 1990 has been governed by an independent charitable trust, registered charity no. 802725. The Horniman Museum and Gardens also receives funding from Arts Council England as one of its Major partner museums.
Opening times and admission. The Horniman Museum is open daily 10.30am-5.30pm, except 24 – 26 December, when it is closed. The Gardens open at 7.15am Monday to Saturday and 8.00am on Sunday and Bank Holidays, and close at sunset. Entry to the Museum and Gardens is free but charges apply for the Aquarium and some special exhibitions and events. Horniman Members go free – horniman.ac.uk/members
Access. The Museum and the Gardens are both wheelchair and pushchair friendly with accessible toilets. Limited on-site parking is available for disabled visitors – call 020 8699 1872.