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.
NB: The Geffrye Museum is now closed until early 2020.
Read about our favourite seven exhibits at the Geffrye Museum
|Venue name:||Geffrye Museum|
136 Kingsland Rd
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays)|
|Price:||Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions|
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Average User Rating
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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.
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.