The Horniman Museum & Gardens

Frederick John Horniman, Victorian tea trader and philanthropist, began collecting objects, specimens and artefacts 'illustrating natural history and the arts and handicrafts of various peoples of the world' from around 1860.

His overarching mission was to 'bring the world to Forest Hill' and educate and enrich the lives of the local community. That collection has since grown to over 300,000 objects. 80,000 anthropology specimens from around the world, including artefacts of major national and international significance.

More than 8,000 Musical Instruments, representing music making around the world, over 250,000 Natural History specimens of local, national and worldwide origin and large living collections in the Aquarium, Animal Walk and the 16 acre Gardens.

Look out for…

  • The 1 ton, over-stuffed Walrus that hasn't moved no more than 25 feet in over 113 years

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