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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Museum in South London with nearly 350,000 exhibits in the field of ethnography, archeology and natural history. Mostly known for its rich collection of stuffed animals and musical instruments. Another attraction of the museum is an aquarium, a butterfly garden and a gallery called Hands on Base, where thousands of exhibits are available for viewing, touching, and trying on (clothes, masks, everyday equipment).

The thematic diversity of the museum stems from the interests of its founder, Frederick John Horniman. As a tea dealer, he traveled to the farthest corners of the world, from which he brought unusual items. He made his collections available for visitors in 1890. The number of exhibits and people willing to see them was growing rapidly, so it was decided to build a new museum building, which was opened in 1901.

The museum is surrounded by 65,000 m2 of greenery, with, among others, greenhouse and gazebo from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, animal farm. The gardens are included in the list of historic parks and gardens.

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