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Geffrye Museum

136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA, England
020 7739 9893
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Ranked #120 of 1,140 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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115 reviews 115 reviews
39 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

Found this museum via the Art Fund, and thoroughly enjoyed our visit, the previous reviewer has said it all really, and agree with the comments, even the one about the restaurant, they weren't geared up for a busy day. The visit to the Almshouse £3 for a guided tour was worthwhile. Did notice as we were leaving that audio head... More

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Amboise, France
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Nestling just North of the City of London, located close to Hoxton Overground and served by many bus routes, The Geffrye Museum of the Home is an unlikely contender for one of London's best-kept secrets--yet such is the case. Built in 1714 as almshouses for the elderly poor, the museum is a Grade I listed building of beautiful dark brick... More

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Perth, Australia
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147 reviews 147 reviews
85 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

If you like interior design and history then this is the museum for you. If you don't then it probably isn't worth a visit. It's only a relatively small museum and is a bit off the beaten track. It comprises a number of small 'rooms' along a corridor that are decorated in the fashion of different periods back to the... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Essentially this museum follows the history of the living room from the 17th century to the modern day, for me it is the social history that is told through these rooms that is of interest. Many other people go for the interior design information or to look at the alms houses and the gardens.If you like social history I would... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

It's not everybody a cup of tea, but it's definitely mine. It's a travel time experience, the rooms are nicely done, you get the feeling of how was the life many years ago. There's an amazing garden in the back of the Museum, it's like oasis of East London in the summer is beautiful. The Museum is not big, rather... More

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Telford, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is one of them places which you will either love or be bored. Personally I really enjoyed it. It was interesting looking at the historic rooms and looking at the history that was happening at the time them rooms were being built. I think that really put it in to context. Living in a town away from London I... More

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London
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134 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We hadn't been to the Geffrye for some years until a recent visit for one of their special evening events and had a very enjoyable time. The buildings are wonderful - the Georgian almshouses are architecturally very special and set in a lovely garden. The main collection is a museum of the home, featuring interior decoration and furniture through the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This museum is really worth a visit, originally Alm Houses for the poor in East London, in fact there is a guided tour round one of the original houses, really gives a flavour of what life was like living there hundred of years ago. The real gem was the exhibition of homes through the ages, based on the main room... More

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Yorkshire
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104 reviews 104 reviews
22 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

Lovely building set out to show living conditions of the middle class (merchants) from about 1600. The building used to be a hospital set in a quad, with lovely grounds. The staff were very friendly and helpful. There is no admission fee, they operate only on donations. Last but not least don't miss the cafe, a bright airy area looking... More

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PARIS
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93 attraction reviews
454 helpful votes 454 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Honestly I had never even heard of this museum in all my years going to London. Shame on me. This is a lovely little myseum for anyone with half an interest in dsign or lifestyles through the centuries. Lovely garden and cafe too. Tag on a walk through fab Shoreditch and you'll have a great afternoon.

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