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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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Rooms for the middling classes

Starting with a hall of 1630, and finishing with a loft apartment of 1968 this excellent museum charts the living space of the so-called 'middling classes'. The wood paneling... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Starting with a hall of 1630, and finishing with a loft apartment of 1968 this excellent museum charts the living space of the so-called 'middling classes'. The wood paneling gives way to wallpaper and then painted walls. The furniture also evolves along with the stuff of a living room. The building is an old almshouse in pleasant gardens in Shoreditch,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

A fantastic, and somewhat overlooked, museum in East London. Really enjoyed reflecting on housing (for the middle classes) over the centuries. Fantastic cafe too.

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Teddington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Daniel (age 9) and I had a lovely morning yesterday at the Geffrye Museum. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The museum was very interesting and calm. Daniel particularly liked the different rooms and found it fascinating how houses have changed through time - both inside and out. Very informative. The cafe was perfect. Food very good - service... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Not one of the better know museums though definitely worth a visit if you have a little more time. Had a great afternoon here.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Easy to visit museum, which focuses on interior decoration through the centuries, with "period rooms" from the 1600s also some "period gardens", which give a nice balance between indoor and open air visit. The complex is an old almshouse, and has a nice big garden in the front which is very pleasant in a nice day (can have a picnic... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I arrived quite late in the day so I had only time to quickly see the period rooms and the exhibition on Victorian homelessness but I couldn't visit any of the period gardens as it was closing time. Anyway it was really good, the free museum was very interesting. I was less impressed by the exhibition on Victorian homeless (the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Free museum. Set in Almshouses near Hoxton Station/ Old Street. The museum has lovely gardens with typical plants from London houses through time. The inside is set up as typical middle class house interiors over the period from 1600. Strange setup for leaving as you have to work backwards to the entrance. There was an exhibition about homelessness in Victorian... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The museum's collection of historic rooms lived in by Londoners "of the middling sort" is a delight. Well laid out with some nice detail, the collection is undoubtedly impressive. If I had a criticism, it would be that somehow the displays lacked a spark of humanity, but altogether the museum is fascinating and well worth a visit. We also enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The museum shows rooms typically decorated and furnished from the 15th century to the present day. How many artefacts will you recognise from your own childhood home and those of relatives and friends? The brief historical notes are well displayed and packed with interest. There is often a short-term exhibition too - we saw the one depicting the lot of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I'm normally pretty easily pleased and I visit a lot of museums but this one left me a bit disappointed. I thought that you would actually be able to walk through the rooms but unfortunately they are all roped off. The web site doesn't make it clear at all that this is the case. There is some quite interesting information... More 

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Address: 136 Kingsland Road | Hoxton, London E2 8EA, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7739 9893
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