Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Horniman Museum

Yesterday we went to the Horniman museum in south east London. It's another of those places that was started originally by an eccentric Victorian gentleman collecting things from around the world.

There is a stuffed merman - unfortunately it was a bit dark so couldn't get a picture of it. It's a bit of a hoax from the 1800's where a taxidermist has put together a monkey and a fish - very realistic looking.

The collection is amazing with so many different things it's hard to know what to look at first. Below are a couple of pictures taken in the centenary gallery which had a great life size paper mache creation of Kali standing on Shiva which was brought back from India in the 1800's - again it was a bit dark so you'll have to go and see that one yourself. 

There is a small aquarium in the museum which is designed very much with children in mind, as lots of things are at their eye level. 

The frogs in the picture below are the ones used to add poison to blow darts by some south American tribes - very small but apparently very deadly (Ken says it's a game of spot the frog)'

The music gallery has instruments from all over the world - some we recognised but a lot were very weird looking and very old. There are interactive tables where you can choose an instrument on a screen and then hear what it sounds like.

I had to take a picture of all the flutes (above) having learnt to play myself, and a picture of the bagpipes (below) being married to a gorgeous Scotsman.

The next picture is a reminder that in the past experts had to often imagine what animals looked like with nothing to guide them. A walrus skin was sent to the museum and not knowing that a walrus has wrinkles they stuffed it to the limit - it's like a balloon walrus.

Other exhibits include an African gallery - fascinating artefact's including voodoo alters. The couple below are formed out of cement.

Outside there is also a lot to see. A beautiful conservatory that can be hired for events.

An animal walk with small animals such as pygmy goats.

A fabulous area with instruments made out of everyday objects - it was great fun, except for how cold it was.

I would really recommend a visit to the museum if you're ever in the area. On the walk back to the train we passed some beautiful buildings and couldn't resist taking a picture of this one.

Now before you start panicking about the lack of cakes in this post, our next stop was a lovely tea shop.

It was really sweet with lots of pictures depicting tea - I loved the frame with the tea cosies and the letter T made out of buttons.

Hope you've enjoyed this visit to the Horniman museum - if you're going make sure you allow a few hours.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and make sure you enjoy the life you've been given.

Pamela and Ken

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