Time to Help

The Horniman celebrated its 120th birthday in 2021 - and needs your support and help more than ever.

Generations of families from London and beyond have grown up with the Horniman Museum and Gardens as a constant delight, inspiration, and resource for life-long learning

Although our Gardens have remained open over the course of the pandemic, the Museum has spent more time closed than open. The Horniman has thrived through 120 years of change and challenge but 2020 was a year like no other.

Covid-19 pushed many museums to their limits. When we had to close our doors to visitors we lost much of our income overnight.  Whilst we receive some government funding, the rest comes from our members, benefactors and visitors. Those who choose to keep supporting us every year.

There’s never been a more important time to support the Horniman.

After implementing various cost saving measures, we are still expecting a deficit of over £500k this financial year, and a shortfall for years to come.

We are more committed than ever to our role at the heart of our community and so we’re asking for your help.

Regular reliable income – year in, year out – is vital to allow us to plan for the future.  You can help by:

  • Becoming a Member – if you’ve never been a Horniman member before, sign up for a years’ worth of wonderful membership benefits including free exhibition entry and know that your subscription is helping the Horniman get through this difficult time.
  • Re-joining as a Member – if your membership has lapsed over the past year, please re-join. We really miss you.
  • Upgrade your membership to become a Benefactor – if your finances allow please consider joining our closest family of supporters. We’ll treat you right and be forever grateful.
  • Making a regular monthly donation – if you’re feeling especially generous we’d really appreciate your gift each month. You’re awesome.