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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
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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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A great walk through time

Leave more time than suggested as there is so much to take in. Even though it was busy it did not feel crowded. Fascinating look through homes across the eras. Had fun spotting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Uppingham, United Kingdom
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Uppingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Leave more time than suggested as there is so much to take in. Even though it was busy it did not feel crowded. Fascinating look through homes across the eras. Had fun spotting what we grew up with. Worth using the audio tour. Both the restaurant and shop a very high standard. We will definitely return.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a really good time looking around this museum today. Spent a good 2 hours wandering around. Exhibits were very interesting and reflective of home styles on years gone by. Followed by a nice scone and cup of tea at the cafe.

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a museum unashamedly about the middle classes (or "middlings") and their lifestyles from the 16C onwards in a series of reconstructed rooms for each century. From that point of view it is refreshing to see this side of society rather than the usual lives of the upper classes in many National Trust properties. At the back of the... More 

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Toowoomba, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A bit of a way from London central but a worthwhile reminder of historical transition for furniture and lifestyle themes. Free event with donations option. Uber was our preferred means of transport as catching the right public transport can be tricky.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a hidden gem! The Geffrye is a wonderful museum and really tells the story of the middle people and their homes. Well worth a visit . Right by the railway and with a very nice cafe.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having eaten at the nearby Viet Grill, we found the Geffrye museum on Google maps and popped in for a little look round. The museum is based on a history of the home, with different rooms set up as they would have been throughout history. This is all in the shell of a row of old almshouses so was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not sure that this museum would suit younger children but it is a great place for adults with an interest in furniture and living rooms through the ages. I recently saw a review of this place in an article from an old edition of Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine from 1999 when it had had a makeover in the late... More 

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Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has an excellent display of the way the living room has evolved over the past 400 years or so - with mock up rooms laid out with the furniture and décor of each particular period. Great place if you are doing a school project as there's a lot of information there. As I love social history I found... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I traveled to this little museum on the recommendation of friends I'm staying with in North East London. I rarely rent the little recorded guided tour, but highly recommend doing so. This museum of how "the middle sort" have lived throughout the centuries is absolutely fascinating. When I visited, there was a special exhibit for each of the period rooms... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a gem. The courtyard is peaceful oasis. The galleries display how homes have changed and evolved over the past 400 years for the business class in the UK. It was very informative and interesting so see how and why changes occurred. There's a nice cafe in the middle where you can get tea and a snack.

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