Geffrye Museum

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Geffrye Museum exterior
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1935 dining lounge © Christopher Ridley

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

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1965 dining lounge © Christopher Ridley
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1910 living room © Christopher Ridley
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1998 loft conversion © Christopher Ridley
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1870 drawing room © Christopher Ridley
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The gardens © The Geffrye Museum
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The gardens © Mandy Williams
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Animal mask activity day © Geffrye Museum
Hoxton Free

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
Contact:
Address: 136 Kingsland Rd
London
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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  • Thursday September 24 2015 - Saturday September 26 2015 Free
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Tastemaker

Nice museum showcasing domestic items across the history of English homes. It is a little narrow and it can be quite frustrating if there are groups of people as the exhibition is laid out linearly along the building. The garden is relaxing and probably the best bit.

Ros S

Love this museum. It's a journey through English social history in the form of a series of rooms furnished in period style, from the 17th to the 20th centuries - a great insight into daily life as well as changing fashions and developing technology. Exhibitions are particularly inspired – like the one dedicated to the West Indian front room a few years back, or the one running at the time of writing, on Victorian homelessness, focusing on life in common lodging houses and workhouses. There are also lovely gardens, including a herb garden, and a light and airy café, plus a reading area with design magazines. 

Laura

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.