Horniman Museum

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  • We are the Horniman Museum and Gardens, an inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free attraction in South London’s Forest Hill.

    We’ve been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, our collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection.

    Unusually for such an important museum, you can see our collection up-close and face-to-face. You can even pick up, try on and play with some of our objects.

    Our visitors come time and again to explore our free museum, take part in our activities and enjoy our 16-acre gardens. And they discover something fascinating and mesmerising every time.

    Raise the Roof

    Raise the Roof is the Horniman’s Choir-in-Residence. We sing a diverse and dynamic repertoire of beautiful vocal music, including songs that accompany the changing exhibitions in the Museum, from rivers to Romania, peacetime to plant life and textiles to taxidermy…!

    We have been running for 15 years. Our current MD is nationally renowned Natural Voice Practitioner Kirsty Martin: kirstymartin.co.uk.

    Watch a video of the Raise the Roof choir performing at the Horniman 2014 Christmas Fair.

    Participant comments:

    “Raise the Roof is a wonderful introduction to harmony singing in a group.”
    “The choir group are very lively and friendly.”
    “An excellent way to spend 2 hours!”
    “I love our course.”
    “Thursdays are a joy – singing is so uplifting.”
    “We spend 2 hours singing, breathing and laughing – I look forward to it all week.”
    “RtR is addictive – it relaxes and cheers!”
    “I really enjoy the choir – thank you!”