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Bright and Early Opening – Brick Dinos/Elmer and Friends @ Horniman Museum, London

March 11 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Bright and Early: Exhibitions

A special early viewing for families who are unable to visit when the Horniman is busy, including children with autism spectrum conditions or neurodiverse families.

Enjoy our current exhibitions ELMER and Friends plus Brick Dinos during this accessible, relaxed event. Elmer and Friends closes soon – so this is a last chance to see.

The main doors open at 9am. In case you arrive a little early, our Gardens are open from 7.15am.

Please note that the rest of the Museum will open at the regular time of 10am, however, a chill-out space and the Café will also be open from 9am.

More detailed information will be available in the Social Story, coming soon.

If you have any questions, please contact

ELMER and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee

Step into David McKee’s colourful world in this first ever major retrospective of his striking illustrations and celebrate over 30 years of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

Elmer remains one of the most widely read children’s book series of all time, selling over ten million copies worldwide since it was first published by Andersen Press in 1989. Visitors will also meet many of McKee’s other classic characters in the exhibition, including Not Now Bernard, King Rollo and Mr. Benn.

Brick Dinos

Step back in time with Brick Dinos! Discover the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods like never before and meet dinosaurs and other prehistoric giants face to face, each one masterfully built using LEGO® bricks.

In this family-friendly exhibition, some of the largest beasts to ever walk the earth have been recreated in miniature form by artist Warren Elsmore and his team.

Incredible models include the raptor-like Masiakasaurus, a life-sized flying pterosaur, the swamp-dwelling, crocodile-like Sarcosuchus, and a new Polacanthus model on display for the first time.

The exhibition also features rarely seen specimens from the Horniman’s stores, and a range of hands-on activities for children to enjoy including build your own dinosaur and digging for fossils.


To make a booking and to find out more, please contact or call 020 8291 8690.

Tickets are free, but we welcome donations. You can donate when you book your free ticket, before checkout or on the day, once – we hope – you’ve had a lovely time, at one of our contactless donation points.

Please note, companions of disabled visitors, Under 3s, Members and Benefactors always go free.

Information for parents and carers in advance

Welcome to the Horniman. Here is some more information about today’s relaxed opening event called Bright and Early.

 Which spaces will be open?

  • This is a special opening for the ELMER and Friends and the Brick Dinos exhibitions, both located on the Lower Ground Floor.
  • If you’d like a bit of a rest at any point, there is a Chill Out space, located in the Education Centre. The Gardens are also a nice place for some peace and quiet.
  • There are toilets on the Ground Floor, past the Shop. There are more toilets downstairs in Gallery Square, near the exhibitions. Please note, some cleaning might still take place when you first arrive.
  • The toilets in the Gardens are open before 9am and are open to everyone.
  • The Café is open to everyone from 9am.
  • We will also open the Music Gallery (next to the other two exhibitions) from 9am. All other galleries will be closed until the Museum opens to the public at 10.00am.

What time is the event?

  • The main entrance, the ELMER and Friends exhibition and the Brick Dinos exhibition, the Music Gallery, the Chill Out space and the museum toilets all open at the earlier time of 9.00am. The Museum’s shop will open at 9.30am.
  • At 10am the Museum opens to the public. You are more than welcome to stay, but please be aware that it can get quite busy once we open the doors.
  • The Chill Out space is only available to Bright and Early visitors, and will be open until 10.30am.  Although there is no eating or drinking allowed in the Galleries you can eat and drink in the Chill Out space.
  • There is also a quiet room at the rear of the Music Gallery which will only be available to Bright and Early visitors, and will be open until 11am. Unfortunately eating and drinking is not allowed in this space.

How do I get there?

  • Please take a look for directions on our website. There are also some handy videos online that give more details about arriving on site and finding your way around.
  • If there is anything else we can help you with in advance, please get in touch at or on 020 8291 8690 – we are very happy to help.
  • Please note, we often get deliveries in the morning, so you might notice big vehicles on the Horniman site when you arrive.


March 11
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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