Cats and Dogs

Discover more about our fascinating furry friends in Cats and Dogs, an interactive, family-friendly exhibition offering a revealing pets’-eye view of the world.

There are an estimated 10.5 million cats and 12.5 million dogs in the UK. But how well do we really know our pets?

Every day, cats and dogs demonstrate their skills, awareness and intelligence. This immersive exhibition explores the scientific, social and cultural role that cats and dogs play in our world, and invites visitors to go on an exciting, sensory journey, exploring what it’s like to be a cat or a dog.

From studying animal behaviour to examining human relationships with our feline friends and devoted doggos, visitors can enjoy games and simulations that put them in each animal’s paws to better understand them and their ways.

Tickets for Cats and Dogs

  • All visitors, including Members, must have tickets for admission to Cats & Dogs – we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. Members and Benefactors must log in to your account to access free tickets online.
  • Please book a ticket for every member of your party. Discounts for family group bookings will automatically be applied to your basket. A family of 4 ticket is for up to two adults, and a Family of 3 ticket is one adult. Child tickets are for those aged 3-16 years. Children aged under 3s are free.
  • Tickets are for single entry only.
  • Gift Aid prices include an additional voluntary donation of at least 10% to help support the Horniman.
  • We have lots more information to help you plan your visit to the Horniman.

Planning your visit

Get help planning your visit or have a look at our advice below:

  • We recommend booking tickets in advance online to bypass the ticket desk, then print out or download your booking confirmation to your mobile device. The exhibition entrance is on Gallery Square on the Lower Ground level.
  • If you have the choice, please travel light and leave your buggy or scooter at home. Please note, there are currently no cloakroom facilities available.
  • Our delicious Café will be open as usual, and usually busy around lunchtime (and all morning in school holidays). There are also places to eat packed lunches in the Gardens. Please refrain from eating and drinking inside the Museum – this is not permitted as it encourages pests and endangers our collection.
  • If there’s anything we can help with, in advance, please email enquiry@horniman.ac.uk.
  • Identify our friendly visitor teams by their yellow lanyards. We will do our best to make sure you have a great time and we are doing everything we can to keep you safe. Thank you for being kind and patient at this time.

Cats and Dogs: exhibition competition

We are offering all visitors to Cats and Dogs the chance to win one of two £50 vouchers to spend in the Horniman Shop.

Full terms and conditions are below:

  • Entries can only be submitted using the competition cards and drop-box in the Cats and Dogs exhibition.
  • Closing date 30/10/2022.
  • Two prize winners will be drawn at random and will be notified by email by 25/11/2022. They must each claim their prize within two weeks or it will be considered forfeit. Further prize winners will then be drawn at random and notified by email, with the same response terms. This process will continue until both prizes are claimed.
  • The decision is final and non-negotiable.
  • Entry is limited to one per person.
  • The two prizes are one £50 voucher for the Horniman Shop. The voucher is valid for one redemption only.
  • No cash alternative. Not transferable and non-refundable.
  • The Horniman Museum and Gardens reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize of similar value at its own discretion.
  • The Horniman Museum and Gardens reserves the right to withdraw or amend the competition as necessary due to circumstances outside its control.
  • By entering the competition, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these rules.
  • Employees of the Horniman Museum and Gardens and their families, agents or anyone else connected with the competition are not permitted to enter.
  • The competition is run by the Horniman Museum and Gardens Marketing Department.

The Horniman is situated at 100 London Road, London SE23 3PQ, 020 8699 1872.

Oh No, George! social media competition Terms and Conditions

Inspired by our Cats and Dogs exhibition, and to mark the 10th anniversary of Chris Haughton’s Oh No, George!, we have teamed-up with Walker Books to giveaway a paw-fect prize!

One lucky winner will receive copies of Chris’ brilliant books, Oh No, George! and Maybe, limited edition prints and height chart, and a family ticket for five to visit the exhibition.

  • Entry for the prize draw is by liking the competition posts on the Horniman’s Facebook or Twitter feeds.
  • The prize draw will be made from all likes received by 10am UK on 18/04/2022.
  • One prize winner will be drawn at random from all valid entries.
  • The prize must be claimed within seven days or it will be considered forfeit. Further prize winners will then be drawn at random with the same terms until the prize is claimed.
  • The prize winner must provide address details for the UK or Republic of Ireland. These will be shared with Walker Books to arrange delivery of the books, prints and height chart.
  • Exhibition tickets must be booked in advance with the Horniman Marketing Department, dates and times are subject to availability.
  • The decision is final and non-negotiable.
  • Entry is limited to one per email address.
  • The prize is a copy Chris Haughton’s Oh No, George! and Maybe, limited edition prints for each book, a limited edition height chart, and a family ticket (admits five with up to two adults) to the Cats and Dogs exhibition at the Horniman Museum and Gardens (until 30 October 2022).
  • No cash alternative. Not transferable and non-refundable.
  • The Horniman Museum and Gardens as the promoter and Walker Books as the supplier reserve the right to substitute the prize with a prize of similar value.
  • The Horniman Museum and Gardens reserves the right to withdraw or amend the competition as necessary due to circumstances outside its control.
  • By entering the competition, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these rules.
  • Employees of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Walker Books, their families, agents or anyone else connected with the competition are not permitted to enter.
  • The competition is run by the Horniman Museum and Gardens Marketing Department.
  • The Horniman is situated at 100 London Road, London SE23 3PQ, 020 8699 1872.

Credits

Cats and Dogs is a touring exhibition, created by Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, Paris.