Horniman Museum and Gardens is located in south London, Forest Hill. It is a local treasure, holding internationally renowned collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection.
Interestingly the museum began by Frederick John Horniman, Victorian tea trader and philanthropist, letting people into his home to view the objects, specimens and artifacts he had collected that illustrated natural history from all over the world over many years. He ventured far and wide gathering these objects to places such as Egypt, Sri Lanka, Burma, China, Japan, Canada and the United States. His collection grew to large that eventually his gave up his house to them and open the doors to the public to view in 1890. They called it “free gift to the people”. Since then the collection has grew vastly in side and over a half a million people visit this place each year.
This museum is bursting with so many objects and information that visitor come back time and time again and find something new and interesting each time.
To reach Horniman Museum and Gardens from Croydon Park Hotel, walk to Cherry Orchard Road East Croydon bus stop which is only a 5 minutes’ walk, hop on the 197 to Peckham and disembark at Horniman Museum (Stop MH) and walk just 1 minute to Horniman Museum and Gardens. In total the journey will take approximately 40 minutes and is well worth it.
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