We’ve been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, our collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed Aquarium and natural history collection.
Unusually for such an important museum, you can see our collection up-close and face-to-face. You can even pick up, try on and play with some of our objects.
The museum is open daily 10.00-17.30 except 24 – 26 December, when we are closed. The gardens are open Monday – Saturday: 7.15 – sunset. Sundays and Bank Holidays: 8.00 – sunset, except 25 December, when we are closed.
Admission to the Museum and Gardens is free. There is a small charge for the Aquarium and some temporary exhibitions.