Horniman museum

We visited the Horniman museum and gardens at Forest Hill yesterday. Horniman was a 19th century tea trader who collected specimens, artefacts and musical instruments on his travels and opened the exhibition – initially in his own home – to the public, enabling the people of London to learn about the world.

The highlight is an oversized walrus. When the walrus was shipped from Hudson Bay, Canada, about 1870, the taxidermist had never seen one before and didn’t know what they look like. Unaware of the plentiful folds in a walrus’s skin, the taxidermist continued to stuff it, until all of its skin was completely taut.

The result is an enormous walrus with no folds!

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  1. […] of the world could be shared with ordinary people who did not have the means to travel. Take the Horniman Museum for example – Horniman, a Victorian tea trader brought artefacts from his travels to south east […]

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