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Amazon Adventure: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches

Posted by on Thursday, 28 February, 2013 in Featured, Museums, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day

Amazon Adventure: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches

I’ve written before about how fond my family is of the Horniman Museum, its beautiful, tranquil gardens and aquarium.  Being our local museum, we probably head there once or twice a week; and now there’s another reason to visit – the new child-friendly Amazon Adventure exhibition which is open until November.

Amazon Adventure: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches is a new temporary exhibition, which takes you on a bilingual (English and Spanish) journey down the Amazon river, exploring its people, culture and wildlife.  We started our journey in an Amazonian riverboat with an introductory video from the Captain who warned us about all the vicious fish we might encounter on our way.



We left the boat and set off to explore the interactive exhibits. There was a tank of tetra fish that we crawled underneath and looked at through a glass viewing dome in the centre of the tank. We tried to lift a giant, lifesize anaconda, explored the (fake) stomach contents of a catfish and searched for caiman on the banks of the river at night.  Elsewhere, there were live stingray, a simulation of the shock you would get from an electric eel and lots of videos/opportunities for a toddler to press buttons on things.

Finally, MJ spent ages on the Amazonian dancefloor, complete with local music, disco lights and a dressing up box, before it was time to go.

Interest rating

Amazon dancefloor

Amazon dancefloor

The emphasis is on interactivity here and there is certainly plenty to interest children of all ages, with a serious message about the life and people of the Amazon and the modern threats to their existence.

Admission cost

Admission to the Amazon Adventure exhibition costs £6 (adults), £3 (children), £15 (family).

Admission to the Horniman Museum’s permanent collections is free.

Entry to the aquarium costs £2.70 (adults), £1 (children aged 3-16), £6.30 for a family ticket (4 people, up to 2 adults).  An annual family ticket is also available for £20.

Combined tickets are available to visit the temporary exhibition and aquarium together.

Electric eel

Electric eel


The Horniman Museum is fully accessible to pushchairs.  Baby changing facilities are available.  The Museum runs a weekly programme of activities for babies and children including the popular Tuesday and Friday Busy Bees storytelling sessions for under 5s.


The Horniman Museum has a café with outdoor seating and additional indoor seating in the Museum’s Victorian conservatory located in the Museum grounds.  The café serves hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks, including children’s meals.  High chairs are available.

Amazon riverboat

Amazon riverboat


There is a picnic area in the Museum gardens.

Opening hours

The Horniman Museum is open daily 10.30am to 5.30pm.

Contact details


Telephone: 020 8699 1872

Getting there

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

By train: The nearest station is Forest Hill (London Overground, National Rail).

By bus: 176, 185, 197, 356, P4, 122, P13, 363  



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