The Horniman Museum situated in Dulwich, south London, England is a rare example of an entire personal collection of global artefacts gifted by one person, Frederick John Horniman, to the community. Having inherited his father's tea company, (the biggest in the world at the time) Frederick was able to travel the world, acquiring exotic items of all types during his journies & returning them to England to be housed in a museum designed & built in 1901 especially for the purpose.
The museum is not far from where I lived, some years ago, in south London, hence I visited it to photograph some of the strange curios that dwell within it's protective confines. The museum is free to enter though there is a large perspex box in the foyer for donations. Highlights of the museum include an aquarium & an unrivalled collection of over 2000 musical instruments, plus local artists' works & installations are also featured. There is a café & the site is situated in it's own landscaped grounds.
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