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Horniman Museum - two exhibitions

The Art of Harmony: The V&A and Horniman Music Collections

Exhibition preview

THE HORNIMAN Mueum has two exhibitions that will continue into 2012.

The Art of Harmony: The V&A and Horniman Music Collections – from Saturday, March 26, 2011. Balcony Gallery.

Bringing together musical instruments on loan from the V&A and complementary objects from the Horniman, The Art of Harmony explores traditions of Western classical music and the varied role of instruments as makers of music, works of art and status symbols.

A display of rarely seen archival material examines how and why these collections came into being and looks behind the scenes at their life in the Museum.

Admission: Free.

Bali – Dancing for the Gods – Saturday, April 16, 2011 to Sunday, January 8, 2012. Temporary Exhibition Gallery.

This major new exhibition explores the central role of dance in Balinese culture. Curator Dr Fiona Kerlogue presents the Horniman’s unique archive of film and photography of Bali in the 1930s alongside contemporary material gathered during recent field research.

Highlight objects include a full Gamelan orchestra, lavishly decorated with gilded carvings of flora and fauna, a spectacular life-sized funeral bull, stunning dance costumes, masks, puppets, sculptures and textiles.

Admission: £5 adults, free for under-16s.

As well as the Aquarium, there are a number of special and family events, plus courses for children and adults, taking place at the Horniman Museum. For more details visit

Admission to the museum and gardens is free and all exhibitions and activities are free unless otherwise stated.

Opening hours: 10.30am to 5.30pm.

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

Tel: 020 8699 1872