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Geffrye Museum

136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA, England
020 7739 9893
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Ranked #117 of 1,137 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums
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Perth, Australia
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145 reviews 145 reviews
83 attraction reviews
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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
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
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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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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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A wonderful place with a superb restaurant/cafe and extension. The moment you turn off Kingsland Road into the front courtyard garden everything is calm and peaceful. A marvellous reminder of a bygone age. Well-kept and authentic displays of domestic life styles over 400 years, attracting a civilised clientele. Inspiring herb garden and reading room. What a pleasure to find a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We came upon this place whilst doing 'The Shoreditch and Hoxton Walk' from the excellent London's Hidden walks ' book. The old Alms Houses have been sympathetically converted and surrounded by an amazing aromatic herb garden. Inside you are led on an amazing journey round domestic living over the last three hundred years. fascinating as well as informative this is... More

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