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Horniman Museum - Temporary Exhibitions 2010

Myths and Monsters

Exhibition previews

AS ALWAYS, the Horniman Museum has a number of temporary exhibitions on display in the coming months. Of these, two are new:

Myths and Monsters (Temporary Exhibition Gallery) – Saturday, February 13 to Sunday, September 5, 2010.

Cyclops, unicorn, yeti, dragon, the chimera… are these creatures real or imagined? Take a journey into the strange world of Myths and Monsters and unravel the truth behind universal legends and myths.

Discover the origin of the Cyclops, the links between dragons and the dinosaurs, and why the yeti is the monster most likely to be real.

Featuring a captivating mix of animatronics, specimens and photography, this celebrated blockbuster show explores some of our best-known ancient myths and the possible scientific explanations behind them.

Tickets: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Children £2.50, Children under 3 Free, Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £13, Schools (pre-booked) £2 per person, Schools (not pre-booked) £2.50 per person, Family season ticket £26.

Tuareg: People of the Veil (Balcony Square) – opens Saturday, March 27, 2010.

Tuareg: People of the Veil provides a fascinating insight into the culture of the Tuareg people of NorthWest Africa, through the exploration of Tuareg clothing and jewellery.

Admission: Free.

On Thursday, March 25, Tuareg Revealed is one of the Horniman’s Thursday Lates. It takes place in the Music Gallery Performance Space between 7pm and 8pm.

The Tuareg call themselves ‘Kel Tagelmoust’ – People of the Veil. Join exhibition curator Ursel Widemann and find out more about the role veiling and other forms of dress play in the life of the Tuareg of northern Niger. This also provides an opportunity to view the exhibition.

Admission is free but must be booked in advance as places are limited.

Meanwhile, three exhibitions continue into 2010:

Fabric of a Nation: Textiles and Identity in Modern Ghana (Balcony Gallery) – until Sunday, February 28, 2010.

Fabric of a Nation focuses on the role of printed cloths and their designs as an expression of cultural, social and political identity in modern Ghana, cutting across ethnic and language differences. This exhibition reveals that these beautiful fabrics play an integral role in many aspects of daily life such as ceremonies, politics and religion.

Admission: Free.

Darwin200 Photographic Competition: Exploring and Investigating Nature (Gallery Square) – until Sunday, April 11, 2010.

On display are the winning competition entries from across the world, inspired by Darwin’s spirit of exploration and investigation. Nature lovers of all ages have been busy taking pictures of the creatures and plants around them and top judges have selected the best of the best for this engaging exhibition.

Admission: Free.

Nature as Designer (Balcony Gallery) – until Sunday, May 9, 2010.

Simple elegant objects, both natural and man-made, act as inspiration to artists and designers. This unusual exhibition combines photography, design and nature and includes beautiful large scale photographic images of objects displayed in unexpected and truly inventive ways.

Admission: Free.

Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ.