Explore The Plantastic World Of Flora At Horniman Museum

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 112 months ago

Last Updated 10 February 2015

Explore The Plantastic World Of Flora At Horniman Museum

Photo: National Museums Liverpool

Budding botanists and their families should head to Horniman Museum's new exhibition Plantastic, where they can explore the world of plants on a larger-than-life scale.

The exhibition, opening this weekend, lets kids crawl through a plant root system and take part in interactive exhibits and games to learn about the life of plants. Super seed pods and exploding cucumbers give an insight into how plants feed, move, reproduce and survive.

The exhibition also explores the essential role that plants play in the world's ecosystem and how they are used in our daily lives.

Special events are running as part of the exhibition: on 8 April (in the Easter holidays), Big Wednesdays have special activities, for example, you can watch the museum's gardeners build a new mini-beast habitat for the insects. For the squeamish, avoid the bugs and join a storytelling session in the garden, or have a go at green-fingered arts and crafts.

Adults get their turn at the Nature Late on 14 May (18+, booking required), which looks at nature through art. Expect taxidermy, street art and 1920s nature films accompanied by an electronic live score, along with food, drinks and tours of the museum after hours.

Plantastic is at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, 14 February-1 November 2015. Tickets are £8.50 adult/£4.50 child/£22 family. Members go free. Advance booking recommended.

Nearby: Forest Hill swimming pool is just a 10 minute walk away, 0r 25 minutes in the opposite direction is Dulwich Park with a playground, cafe and toilets.