Now you see her…

15 May

without camoflage by you.

with camoflage by you.

These photos were taken at the Horniman Museum, in Forest Hill, South London.  This free museum was founded by Mr Horniman in 1901, his mission to ‘bring the world to Forest Hill’.  He travelled the globe, collecting artifacts such as voodoo temples, a stuffed walrus, animal and bird skeletons, tropical fish, muscial instruments, ceramics, African masks and toys from around the world.  The museum still contains an eclectic mix of stuff (great for a toddler’s attention span), much of which you can touch. 

The photos above were taken in an exhibition called ‘Robot Zoo’ which demonstrates why animals are made the way they are.  Amongst other things, you could compare your reaction times with that of a fly, pump water to make squid race, wear a heavy shell on your back to see why tortoises are slow, time how long you can hang like a bat and hide yourself in camouflage.  It really caught the children’s imaginations and they have been asking to go back ever since.

The museum is set in beautiful gardens, with panoramic views of London, and is only about twenty minutes away from central London by train, making a great day out.

This post is part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby. For more photos click here.


10 Responses to “Now you see her…”

  1. Beth Whitman 15/05/2009 at 3:30 pm #

    Love it! It would have been fun if she was wearing a leopard outfit 🙂

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 15/05/2009 at 6:29 pm #

      you could also stand against a leopard wall and wear a leopard cloak, but she wanted to do the black and white one!

  2. Tim 15/05/2009 at 5:26 pm #

    Sounds like my kind of museum. Some things are just fun, The pics are great

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 15/05/2009 at 6:30 pm #


  3. Lorraine 15/05/2009 at 6:08 pm #

    I remember your post last week about the Museum of London being so interactive, and now this one looks wonderful also! Great reviews, must plan a trip with an even longer stay now!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 15/05/2009 at 6:30 pm #

      We can find a new thing to do every weekend and never get bored. I grew up in London and now I love being a parent in London. It’s a great place.

  4. Bridget Smith 15/05/2009 at 6:48 pm #

    What a fun exhibit!!! It capitalizes on kids natural fascination with animals and is interactive to boot. Thanks for sharing.

  5. marina villatoro 15/05/2009 at 7:53 pm #

    What a crazy exhibit. I’d get dizzy from all the dots and spots:)

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  6. Heatheronhertravels 16/05/2009 at 6:01 pm #

    That’s a cute way of making the point about animal camouflage

  7. Dominique 17/05/2009 at 7:33 pm #

    Sometimes the museums that started off in a more eclectic manner are the most interesting. I remember hearing that the museum in Charleston, SC started similarly–they just collected interesting stuff from all over the world. They tended to concentrate more on regional history in later years, but the early collection lends a more serendipity feel to the place…you don’t know what pleasant surprise you’ll find!

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