Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Charity information

Horniman Museum and Gardens

The Horniman, through its collections and related exhibitions and events, seeks to encourage a wider appreciation of the World, its peoples and their cultures, and its environments.

Founded 1901

  • Mission statement

    The Horniman Museum and Gardens were founded by Victorian tea trader and businessman Frederick Horniman who, in 1901, gave them to the people of London for their recreation, instruction and enjoyment. Since then it has become one of London's most popular museums. Its remit is to use its collections, gardens, activites and events to ignite an interest in, deepen our understanding of, and foster a respect for, the world around us.

    With nationally-regarded collections in anthropology, natural history and musical instruments, an aquarium, 16 acres of landscaped gardens, and a year-round programme of exhibitions, activities, events and performances for visitors of all ages, the Horniman, which is free to enter, now attracts over 600,000 visits a year from across London and the south east. In 2002 it opened its £13 million Centenary Development, providing additional gallery and learning space. In 2004 was voted Museum of the Year by the Good Britain Guide and in 2007 won Silver in Visit London's Visitor Attraction of the Year awards. Its Gardens have won the Green Flag Award since 2004, and in 2009 they won their first Green Pennant, recognising the community's involvement in the Gardens and their contribution to conservation.

  • Aims

    Horniman Museum and Gardens aims to:

    • To fulfill Frederick Horniman's vision that his Museum and Gardens should be a place of "recreation, instruction and enjoyment"
  • Overview

    Established: June 1901

    Registered Charity Number: 802725

    Phone number: 020 8699 1872 (ext 216)

    Address: 100, London Road Forest Hill LONDON SE23 3PQ

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