The science of plants at the Horniman Museum

Date Posted: 14/02/2015

From studies of photosynthesis to pollination, students can learn all about plant biology in the interactive exhibition Plantastic.

The exhibition will provide a starting point for younger children to explore the foundations of botany.

With a broad variety of interactive displays and games on offer, Plantastic will invite pupils to explore how plants feed, move, reproduce and survive.

The exhibition’s attractions will include everything from super seed pods and exploding cucumbers to sun-seeking flowers and a huge crawl-through root system.

Running alongside the event will be a series of themed workshops and activities, including craft sessions where children can make everything from pop-up bees and natural lip balm to leafy masks and cress creatures.

The exhibition will be further complemented by a selection of specially designed and themed outdoor displays, which will run from May onwards.

These will include a mass planting of sunflowers and a floral picture of the ‘anatomy’ of a flower, in addition to a border themed around plants that attract pollinating insects.

The museum supports the National Curriculum, offering a selection of learning resources, in addition to tutor led sessions suitable for Foundation years and KS1 to KS5.

The exhibition will run until 1st November, with café and picnic areas available on site.

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