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The Horniman Museum

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE HORNIMAN Museum in Forest Hill is hosting a number of temporary exhibitions from now until May 2008.

BBC Walking with Beasts – until Sunday, November 4, 2007.

In the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery, visitors are transported back in time to the amazing world of 49 million years ago when beasts such as sabre-toothed cats, mammoths and woolly rhinos, as well as our early ancestors inhabited the earth.

Discover a world where birds (Gastorni) were so large they could eat small horses, where cats (Smilodon) chased dogs, and elephants (Moeritherium) swam with fish.

The life-sized models used in the BBC’s Walking with Beasts programme not only bring these incredible creatures to life but also demonstrate the evolution of mammals and how they came to shape the planet today.

Visitors can also see themselves in a prehistoric landscape via blue screen technology and marvel at a 10,000 year old mammoth tusk, as well as fossils from millions of years ago.

And this Halloween, Wednesday, October 31 (from 7 to 8.30pm),
the Horniman Museum is opening its doors after dark for a special closing party of this celebrated exhibition.

Accordingly, visitors are invited to grab a torch and join Mr Horniman’s Halloween Torchlight Tour of the Walking with Beasts exhibition and, if they dare, listen to spooky Halloween tales that reveal exactly what does go bump in the night…

Tickets for the exhibition: £4.50 adults, £3 concessions, £2.50 children (under 3s go free), £12 family day ticket, £24 family season ticket (2 adults, 2 children), £2.50 per person for groups of 10+ people, and £1.50 per child for pre-booked school visits (£2 unbooked). There is no additional charge for Mr Horniman’s Torchlight Tour.

Journey Through Japan – until Sunday, November 11, 2007.

In the Balcony Gallery, visitors can explore the stunning landscapes of 1900s Japan, through intricate and beautiful lantern slide photographs, which are displayed alongside excerpts from the young Marjorie Bell’s diary as she travelled through this fascinating country in 1903.

Wrapping Japan – until Sunday, April 27, 2008.

From simple indigo-dyed farmer’s coats to sumptuous silk kimonos, rope sandals to ladies’ platform shoes, visitors can discover the costumes of Japan and the technical artistry and elegance of these textiles.

Every third mouthful… from November 17, 2007 to May 11, 2008.

This fascinating exhibition, which amalgamates science and art, is derived from the assertion that ‘Every third mouthful of food we eat is dependent upon the unmanaged pollination services of bees.’

Peter Chatwin and Pamela Martin have created a series of works that explore this internationally important subject, highlighting the importance of biodiversity upon our food supply, and the uncertain future as bee numbers diminish globally.

For more information call 020 8699 1872 or visit the website.

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