The Horniman Museum Is Launching A Brand New Gallery But It Needs Our Help

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South London’s most loved museum is looking to launch a brand new gallery.

The Horniman Museum, home to everyone’s favourite walrus.

(He’s so on-trend with the memes)

The lovely team at this much-loved Forest Hill museum are looking to launch a new, major gallery called The World Gallery, that will explore ‘what it means to be human’. They’ve managed to bag a £3.3m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, but they’re now looking to us, the kind and generous public, to help raise some extra cash for the project.


Their crowdfunding campaign will help make the World Gallery become a reality, bringing over 3,000 extraordinary objects from all around the world, including an array of different artwork and interactive items. It will give visitors an introduction to the emotional role that objects play in our lives, and will generally celebrate human creativity, imagination and adaptability through the ages.

The Horniman Free Museum
Photo by Alex Lomas

The World Gallery will transform one of the museum’s major spaces, complete with kites and banners hanging from the newly renovated ceiling vault. These pieces will be collected and commissioned from Guatemala, China, London and beyond, and will ultimately signify our global instinct to come together in celebration, play or protest.


The new gallery will also come with major improvements across the museum as a whole, giving it some much needed TLC. If all goes to plan, the World Gallery is set to open in June 2018.

As with all fundraising campaigns, every little helps, and this is no exception. You can pledge as little or as much as you like, but each pledge comes with a different reward, ranging from special edition merchandise and exclusive museum tours, to your name listed inside the museum.

Take a look at their crowdfunding page here. They’re halfway there, but let’s get them to that target! 

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.

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