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“Hidden gem in Shoreditch”
Review of Geffrye Museum

Geffrye Museum
Ranked #144 of 1,749 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Geffrye closed on 7 January 2018 for a transformational, two-year development. Although the main museum building, herb and period gardens are closed, there will still be plenty of reasons to come to the Geffrye. Throughout closure we will run a programme of events and activities in our front gardens. The restored almshouse will also be open for tours on certain dates throughout the year. To keep up to date with all the latest news and events - sign up to our regular e-news and follow us: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Free museum and gardens exploring the home and home life, in Hoxton, East London.
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Visited this place on a sunny March Tuesday and were most pleasantly surprised by this interesting preserved Almshouse, a piece of green space with beautiful trees off a busy grey city road. We looked around the museum for a while then opted for a guided tour (only available certain days, check the website) and I recommend this. Interesting and informative guides took us to the preserved rooms and had many interesting snippets of information that really gave us a vivid snapshot of life as it must have been for the people who lived there, right down to the communal block toilet and copper for washing clothes in the basement. Clear and detailed information panels on many walls addressing various aspects of the Almshouse history, its occupants, their daily lives. Fascinating piece of social history.
Impressed by the cafe, which was quiet, overlooked the Herb Gardens, and had reasonably-priced food (smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel for £4.95, freshly made DECENT chicken sandwich - also some hot dishes - and excellent coffee, £14 in total for two of us.) The service was quiet, brisk and polite.
A nice little shop with some unusual and interesting gifts/books from pocket-money prices to vases and pottery.
The museum is free to visit; there is a £2.50 charge for the guided tour.
Would happily visit again - wasn't expecting much - most pleasantly surprised and left feeling both peaceful and invigorated.

6  Thank Merry H
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

This little museum may be off the beaten tourist path but is well worth a visit if you are interested in middle-class life in Britain. Cleverly designed to start at the earliest date and proceed through later times, so you don't need to worry that you've missed something in a side room (though there is a side area overlooking the gardens that you shouldn't miss for a few quiet minutes while you rest your legs). Though we visited during the week, it was surprisingly busy. The one deterrent to a perfect visit are the narrow passageways and viewing areas - it sometimes became quite crowded.

Thank Bags Packed to Go
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Visited on a Saturday and spent an enjoyable hour wandering from room to room. The museum is interesting rather than facinating. I think the experince could be improved by having characters in the rooms (there a bored looking security gaurds who could be better employed) living out the period. The cafe was a bit overpriced in our view (we went elsewhere to eat). There is a shop but again a bit under whelming.

Thank NigelBowen
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

The museum is situated in a set of almshouses in Shoreditch. There is a lawned garden area in front of the houses with plenty of seats to enjoy the surroundings. The entrance, however is not clearly marked and is to the left hand side of the buildings. Once inside you proceed down a narrow corridor through a series of rooms (all parlours and later known as lounges) dating from 1660 to the present day. Adjacent to each room are exhibits of furnishings for that period and often a reproduction of a chair which you can sit in. There is also an accompanying timeline with some interesting historical facts. There is a garden at the back of the houses which is accessible at certainn times of the year but you can see this from a garden room within the houses themselves.In the centre of the property is the chapel used by the former inhabitants.
At the far end there is a small cafe and museum shop. The only negative part is that the corridor is quite narrown and during our visit there was a party of foreign visitors taking up a lot of the corridor space making it impossible for a disabled visitor in a wheelchair to get through easily.

Thank mccPreston
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

The museum is set in Almhouses set around a garden. we went after it had snowed and the building looked beautiful. the museum is free and there are room settings throughout the agres. All within the old almhouse rooms. There is a modern extension which has displays of furniture and a good cafe which overlooks the garden. Spent an enjoyable 3 houses here.There are still Almhouse rooms which are only opened for a fee twice a month. We are going next weekend to see these. Easy to get to by bus and Hoxton station is behind the garden

Thank UKBrianS
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