Fodor's Expert Review Horniman Museum

South of the Thames Free

Set amid 16 acres of gardens, this eclectic museum is considered something of a well-kept secret by the residents of south London—perhaps because of its out-of-the-way location. You can explore world cultures, natural history, and a fine collection of some 1,300 musical instruments (including a giant tuba) here. The emphasis is on fun and a wide range of activities, including London's oldest nature trail, which features domesticated creatures, such as sheep, chickens, and alpacas, a butterfly house, and an aquarium stocked with endangered species. It's also home to a comically overstuffed, taxidermied walrus who serves as the museum's unofficial mascot. It's a 15-minute bus ride from here to Dulwich Picture Gallery; Bus P4, heading toward Brixton, takes you from door to door.

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Quick Facts

100 London Rd.
London, Greater London  SE23 3PQ, England

- 020 - 8699–1872

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free; small charge for temporary exhibitions and aquarium, Closed Wed.

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