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Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum in south London gives you the opportunity to explore the natural and cultural world for free. Founded by the Victorian tea trader, Frederick Horniman, in 1901, much of the original collection is still on display.

But it's not an old-fashioned place: the library has a grass roof, and the Horniman Gardens reopened in 2012.

The aquarium opened in 2006 and is designed so that young children can easily see the displays which include tropical Coral Reefs as well as British Pond Life. There is a small annual pass charge for the aquarium but the museum galleries are still free to visit.

The taxidermy exhibits are quite spectacular - especially the walrus which was overstuffed as the taxidermist responsible didn't realize that a walrus has lots of loose skin, having never seen one before.

No trip to the Horniman Museum would be complete without a walk around the delightful gardens which were completed renovated in 2012. Enjoy the Sunken Garden for peace or head to the Bandstand to enjoy an outdoor concert. Or you can grab a coffee from the cafe and sit in the conservatory.

The Horniman Museum has collections from the natural and cultural worlds. The exhibits were started as a private collection by the founder, Frederick Horniman in the late 1800s.

Before you even enter the Horniman Museum, there are the wonderful Horniman Gardens to explore which were redeveloped in 2012 to reconnect the garden and museum collections. The Animal Walk will be full stocked again by 2013 and the bandstand has a regular program of concerts and outdoor screenings to enjoy.