Last week, me and my boyfriend packed a lunch, tourist-like, and made our way to a little museum on the outskirts of London.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens is situated just up the road from Forest Hill and it’s a private collection that just became too big to be a normal house.
Mr Horniman was a victorian tea trader and philanthropist, who began to collect 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.
The museum is his actual house, which was extended over the years. It also sits on a hill from where you have lovely views of London. They have an Aquarium and a massive permanent exhibition of his collection of animals and specimens.
Being a free museum the visitors come time and again to explore it. there are family and school activities throughout the year making it the perfect field trip for science and history.
It is also interactive, in the gardens you can play with air instruments placed for your enjoyment. I loved it and I am sure I’ll go again – seeing it’s really close to home!
Have fun discovering the world!