Explore the world of plants at the Horniman Museum


An exhibition at Horniman Museum and Gardens brings to life the fascinating world of plants in a way that will entertain people of all ages.

Plantastic enables visitors to get close to all kinds of all kinds of plant life through interactive exhibits and games demonstrating how they feed, move, reproduce and survive.

Super seed pods, exploding cucumbers, sun-seeking flowers and a huge crawl-through root system are among the attractions on offer.

Horniman Museum

Plants are, of course, essential for human life, and the exhibition also explores the uses people make of them and the vital role they play in the ecosystem.

Specially designed and themed outdoor displays have also been created, including a mass planting of sunflowers, a floral picture of the structure of a flower, and a border themed around plants that attract pollinating insects.

Five main themes are covered by the exhibition: moving, feeding, reproduction, surviving and pollinating.

Highlights include a crawl-through tunnel underneath a tree, which brings visitors face-to-face with wildlife such as moles and rabbits, and an exhibit that gives people an insect’s-eye view of flowers, showing pollen grains on a massive scale.

The museum is open every day between 10.30 and 17.30, except on the 24th to the 26th of December, when it is closed. The Plantastic exhibition is open now and will run until November 1st.


Child £3.85

Adult: £7.15

Family £18.15 (including ten per cent voluntary Gift Aid donation).

A family ticket is for up to two adults and three children aged between three and 16 years.

Children under the age of three can enter for free.

Getting there

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is located at 100 London Road, Forest Hill, Lewisham,  SE23 3PQ, making it easily reached from hotels in Paddington London.

It is only a five to ten-minute walk away from Forest Hill Station and is signposted from the platform 1 exit. The walk is uphill, although the museum can be reached on the following bus routes:

    • 176, 185, 197, 356, P4 – stop outside the Museum and Gardens on London Road
  •  122 – stops on Dartmouth Road
  •  P13 – stops on Underhill Road
  •  363 – stops on Sydenham Hill Road