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“an interesting collection well presented”
Review of Geffrye Museum

Geffrye Museum
Ranked #141 of 1,679 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Free museum and gardens exploring the home and home life, in Hoxton, East London. Period rooms, gardens, events, exhibitions, cafe and shop.
Reviewed June 12, 2013

The museum shows the life of middle-class people through the way they furnished their homes over the past 400 years. It's housed in an interesting old building which has been carefully adapted to house the collection of furniture and other objects. There is a cafe (which I didn't use) and outside the tree-shaded garden is a pleasant place to rest. Admission to the museum is free and it's right beside Hoxton station which has a very frequent train service.

They apparently want to "modernise" the museum by adding extra buildings to it. I suppose this is inevitable these days but the plans have sensibly been rejected by the local Council. However, I guess the museum will be back with further modern ideas so go and see it as it is now while you can!

Thank Nonglak L
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Well worth the journey to get there! The period rooms provided a fantasic look at changes throughout history, with choices of how much detail you soak up. The contemporary rooms seemed a bit like trip to IKEA.

Thank therese l
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Having travelled on the new overland I had seen the almshouses from the train but never stopped. It is a lovely place to visit and a clever look at the English and how they lived from the 17th century on. The new gallery on the conversion of the Arsenal football ground is interesting and rather moving

Thank RobininBRISTOL
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

If you like interior design or historical dramas like Upstairs/Downstairs or Downton Abbey, you will probably appreciate this museum. This is a really wonderful museum of social history. When you are tired of museums dedicated to war, art and political history try this. You are guided on a journey of how people physically lived from the Middle Ages on to modern times. They have a tableau of the same living space changing thru time and reflecting how the interests and needs of people changed. There is an intro space before each room and a guide card in front of each tableau. Not an overwhelming amount of info but enough to hold your interest. There are also pretty gardens and a very good cafe in which we ate a yummy lunch. But what we found probably the most interesting was the reproductions of the alms house rooms. This are not open all the time so check the web site to see which days you can add this tour to your visit. The museum was originally a retirement home and these rooms show you what it was like to live there back in the 19thC. Really interesting, and I'm glad we got to see it.

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Really enjoyed this museum. We had been staying in the Old Street area and had a couple of hours to kill before our train home. It was either the Geffrye Museum or the V & A Museum of Childhood. We opted for the Geffrye as it was closer. What a good call! Free entry and a really interesting place. There were children's activities on but didn't have time to do any of these.

Lots of information on middle class living through the ages. We found it interesting how colour schemes seem to have come full circle back to the neutrals. Also found the 17th century rooms to be quite different to what we had expected. The reading room overlooking the herb garden was lovely.

Good for all ages and would definitely recommend a visit!

1  Thank LFS77
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