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Geffrye Museum

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Address: 136 Kingsland Road | Hoxton, London E2 8EA, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7739 9893
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Free museum and gardens exploring the home and home life, in Hoxton, East...

Free museum and gardens exploring the home and home life, in Hoxton, East London. Period rooms, gardens, events, exhibitions, cafe and shop.

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Interesting little museum of living rooms through the ages

This isn't a big museum. It's only going to interest you if you are actually interested in interior design and social history. And it's free to get in. We both really enjoyed it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
TheBlackWidow
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Southampton, United Kingdom

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This isn't a big museum. It's only going to interest you if you are actually interested in interior design and social history. And it's free to get in. We both really enjoyed it and were glad we came. It was interesting to see how things change over the years - and in the 20th century section, spot things we actually... More 

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Saint-Chinian, France
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49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Geffrye Museum tells the development of the homes of the 'middling' classes incredibly well. It's alway a pleasure to visit this museum and the cafe attached to the museum serves great food too. Watch out for the developments - it's bound to be fantastic once all the work has been completed!

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Thank Cheiranthus
Lancashire England
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353 reviews
178 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I liked the way the displays are set out in chronological order showing English homes through the centuries. I enjoyed reading and looking at the information and artefacts in each room which covered different aspects of family life. The photographic display in the basement of life in a Bounds Green Street was particularly interesting. What I didn't like was on... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying in the local area so thought we'd pop in on our way home before getting the train. The staff were very welcoming and took our bags to be looked after. We spent a good couple of hours enjoying the museum and found it very interesting. The cafe is also excellent so find time for a drink and... More 

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NuT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

not only has major effort clearly gone into making all the room furnishings fully authentic, there is excellent information on the period each room reflects to help explain the changes occurring (and the material for children appealed to those who were there)

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Thank Mike2trip
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a early history of London housing from 1600's to modern times. Each room is set up in it's own time.with plenty of paintings.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

museum is in a row of almshouses which are set in three sides of a square with a grass lawn and trees in front and gardens at the back. Hoxton station is behind the gardens which goes into the centre of London. Run by very pleasant and knowledgable volunteers. Can use a audio guide for a small fee but the... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the bus from Old Street station (cross the street once you exit subway #2) you will catch bus #234. It's a quick ride to the museum and you'll only need about 1 hr to enjoy the museum. It's an interesting glimpse at the evolution of the home. If you are lucky you may see the alms house but it's... More 

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Milan, Italy
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum shows a very interesting aspect of British life which is sometimes lost when visiting bigger museums. The whole context of a previous inhabited house also make it somehow more special and the cafè inside is also worth a visit and it seems to be something people of all ages (including kids) could enjoy. Definitely go, it shows how... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This Geffrye professes to show how the UK Middle Class lived in London from the 16th to late 20th Century, it does this via displays of living room sets through the ages. The Victorian and Edwardian display rooms appear to be the most representative of their age and were the highlights of my visit. The 1620 room (room No 1,... More 

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