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Museum of the Year Award – Part 2

July 22, 2013

The Horniman Museum and Gardens made the short list for the 2013 Art Fund Museum of the Year award. Although the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow pipped the south London museum, it is well worth a visit. The Horniman is a bit of an oddity which makes it all the more endearing. Funded by central government, located in south London suburbia and containing an eclectic collection of natural history, musical instruments and anthropological material and of course the museum’s very own overstuffed walrus! Although not really a true national institution it feel more like one than a local museum.

The Horniman Walrus

The Horniman Walrus


When I visited the museum the recent major refurbishment was impressive and the galleries felt very modern with large and striking showcases, especially in the musical galleries. The obligatory café was a welcome treat, but the real highlight were the gardens which overlook central London and the battleship silhouettes of Dawson Heights. The outdoor musical instruments worked really well with visitors, and chimed well with the museum collections inside.

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