About us

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in south east London has been open since Victorian times, when the tea trader and philanthropist, Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to the local community.

Since then, our collection has grown significantly and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history gallery – all surrounded by 16 acres of beautiful Gardens offering breathtaking views across London.


The Horniman is a charitable company, limited by guarantee. It is also a Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). This means that although it receives most of its funding in the form of Grant in Aid from DCMS, it operates at "arms length" from central government.

To find out more about us, please visit our main website. 


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