Geffrye Museum

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Geffrye Museum exterior
1935 dining lounge © Christopher Ridley

This is the current room display. A living room in 1935.

1965 dining lounge © Christopher Ridley
1910 living room © Christopher Ridley
1998 loft conversion © Christopher Ridley
1870 drawing room © Christopher Ridley
The gardens © The Geffrye Museum
The gardens © Mandy Williams
Animal mask activity day © Geffrye Museum
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Housed in a set of 18th-century almshouses, the Geffrye Museum offers a vivid physical history of the English interior. Displaying original furniture, paintings, textiles and decorative arts, the museum recreates a sequence of typical middle-class living rooms from 1600 to the present. It’s an oddly interesting way to take in domestic history, with any number of intriguing details to catch your eye- from a bell jar of stuffed birds to a particular decorative flourish on a chair. There’s an airy restaurant overlooking the lovely gardens, which include a walled plot for herbs and a chronological series in different historical styles.

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Venue name: Geffrye Museum
Address: 136 Kingsland Rd
E2 8EA
Opening hours: Tue- Sun 10am-5pm; Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-5pm
Transport: Overground: Hoxton
Price: Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions

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  • Fri March 27th 2015 - Sun July 12th 2015
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    136 Kingsland Rd London London E2 8EA
  • Thu September 24th 2015 - Sat September 26th 2015 Free
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    136 Kingsland Rd London London E2 8EA

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This is a wonderful museum - it's pretty much the nearest you can get to walking through history. Each of the rooms have modern reproductions of the furniture and textiles of the time, so instead of seeing furniture from 100s of years ago as it looks now, you see it as it would have looked then (which is different from how I had imagined) and see rooms how people would have lived in them.