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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
Description: 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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Accessible, interesting, lovely garden and good cafe

Easy to get to by London Overground- very helpful staff, deviousness food although portion size for my husband was a bit on the mean side. Good access for wheelchair.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Easy to get to by London Overground- very helpful staff, deviousness food although portion size for my husband was a bit on the mean side. Good access for wheelchair.

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Suffolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We went to this museum just to see the homeless exhibition. We were pleasantly surprised to see the museum set in such lovely gardens. Converted almshouses which have settings of middle class sitting rooms from around 1660s onwards. We found the displays and information easy to understand and interesting. Loved the set up and the way you can easily walk... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

What a pleasant surprise to come across this lovely old building and find such interesting displays inside. All the room sets and information about the rooms, objects and the 'middling classes' through the ages was fascinating. Especially spotting the items and furniture that had been in your own grandparents' homes in the displays from the 1930's - 1950's. The gardens... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A bit out of the way but worth a visit. As you approach you see a row of terraced cottages but the inside has been altered to show exhibits of middle class lifestyles through several decades all along the ground level. The museum is set back from the road which makes it very peaceful and the gardens are lovely. It's... More 

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Atlanta, GA, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very interesting chronology of mostly living and dining rooms across time as well as good info on how houses were layed out. History of the building is interesting and the herb garden is most pleasant. Free admission but current special exhibit on homelessness (very informative) has an admission fee (3 pounds). Small, very manageable museum. Café on site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I'd been wanting to visit the Geffrye for some time and finally made it this weekend. So glad I did, it definitely lived up to expectations. The information about the living rooms through the ages is simple, clear and interesting. Sitting in the reading room made me feel like I was in Pride and Prejudice and the herb garden is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Easy to find very close to Hoxton Station, the Geffrye Museum shows out how houses, and living rooms have evolved over the 400 years. It is beautifully set out, clearly explained and very accessible for all. The gardens are a bonus as they also illustrate changing fashions for the middle classes. The staff are friendly and the restaurant has a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This museum is a great idea, but unfortunatelly it's hard to see īn half of a little room an entire house of 400 years ago. Should have been more space, I felt like in a train,looking in some compartimens, the exit is walking again on the same path, banging on the people who are looking "into compartiments". Didn't like that.... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

To say the Geffrye is not what you might expect from a big city museum is putting it mildly. It's as though you've stumbled upon a well-intentioned small town gallery of homey tableaux where volunteers have rummaged through their attics and assembled room after period room as best they could. In some cases, particularly those depicting mid-century Modern interiors, it... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This little museum is absolutely different from the rest of London's museums. Firstly its never as packed and its cosy feeling makes you feel like you in a different part of England. If you are into interior design or you want to learn a bit more about history in a more interactive way are going to love this little gem.... More 

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