100 London Rd
T: 020 8699 1872
The new World Gallery has opened, revealing 600sqm of exhibition space that's filled with more than 3,000 curious objects. The gallery allows for a brighter spotlight to shine on the collection, which ranges from an Inuit child's hooded jacket made from seal skin, to a baby skirt from Papa New Guinea produced from caterpillar cocoons. These vibrant objects are here thanks to Frederick John Horniman, a Victorian tea trader who travelled to exotic destinations. Horniman's habit for collecting didn't make him popular with his wife, so he gave his entire house and its contents to the people of Forest Hill more than a century ago.
To 9th September: Coral-Fabric of the Reef
Artist Karen Dodd uses woollen fabric to draw attention to coral and coral reefs, inspired by the Horniman collections.
To 28th October: Colour-The Rainbow Revealed
An interactive, child-friendly exhibition which reveals how colour affects and influences the world around us.
Admission free; charges for aquarium and special exhibitions.