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Geffrye Museum

136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA, England
020 7739 9893
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Ranked #121 of 1,100 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I have to confess, Kingsland Road in London's East End is an unlikely setting for a row of exquisite 18th-century almshouses. It now generously houses one of the most interesting exhibitions in the country. Here, away from the tourist trails of the capital, a remarkable collection of English furniture, fixtures and fittings, are exhibited in a chronological arrangement of period... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I have heard brilliant things about this museum and so had high expectations. Sadly it failed to deliver. While it is nice to see how rooms were decorated during the ages it was too short and small.There was not enough to hold the childrens attention. It was also not very balanced all the rooms were set out as middle class... More

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Ware, Hertfordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The museum is located on Kingsland Road. Not the most salubrious or beautiful part of London (avoid going when it's dark), but a wonderful series of almshouses, founded by the eponymous Geffryes, turned into a museum, complete with touchy-feely things and activities for children! The focus is on life styles through the centuries, with furniture and china, pictures and paintings... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This museum is quite short and is composed mainly of panels. You can see few objects behind glass windows and you have read panels. At least, it's free, because it was quite boring. It's the kind of information you can learn in 15 min into a guide book. I was exepecting more when I first saw the beautiful buiding in... More

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Liverpool
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Been to all the "big hitters" in the museum world of London. I like social history so thought I'd give this a go, and I wasn't disappointed. Went with my 12 year old son and he found it interesting too. The displays are wonderful and the outdoors gardens a bonus on a nice day. Surprisingly easy to get to. It... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Geffrye Museum is one of London's lesser known, but very worthwhile, places to visit. It isn't overly large and you will be able to walk through the room interiors and read about the historical designs / architecture in well under an hour. However, the exterior of the museum is just as attractive as the interior, and the rear manicured... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I first came to hear about the Geffrye Museum when I saw a feature on the Useful and Beautiful exhibition being held there on the Time Out website. My friend and I decided to spend an afternoon at The Geffrye and found it to be an extremely interesting and well thought out attraction. It is a former almshouse which has... More

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Alfreton, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Interesting little spot in Hackney. Kids enjoyed looking at rooms through the ages and following the children's trail. Loved hanging out in the room with the bean bags and swing. Appreciated the architecture of the almshouses. Took a lovely walk around the gardens at the front and rear. Like many London museums it is free to enter but you can... More

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Carbondale, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This museum was a delightful break for us. We took the tube as far as we could go and took a taxi the rest of the way. It was quiet, peaceful, and so restful. If you have time, after your "must sees", give it a shot.....especially if you need a break from the crowds.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Interesting museum that capture the design and function of middle class homes over time. The focus on a few common elements beautifully illustrates the evolution of public and private spaces in the home. Highly recommend it. They also have displays aimed at children.

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