The Geffrye Museum of the Home

1930s living room
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The Geffrye explores the home from 1600 to the present day. Evocative displays of London, middle-class living rooms and gardens illustrate homes and home life through the centuries, reflecting changes in society, behaviour, style and taste.

These displays are complemented by a sequence of period gardens and an award-winning walled herb garden which illustrate the role of the garden in home life (open April - October).

The Geffrye is located in the lively and creative Hoxton area - historically a centre for furniture-making and market gardening. Set in 18th-century almshouses surrounded by gardens, it is often described as an oasis in the heart of the city.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open Tuesday - Sunday 1000 - 1700
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holiday), Good Friday, 24 25, 26 & 1 January

Admission charges

Free admission to museum, gardens and annual Christmas Past exhibitions
Charge for temporary exhibitions and tours of restored almshouse

Getting there

Overground: Hoxton (directly behind museum)
Underground and Rail: Liverpool Street and Old Street
Buses: 394, 67, 149, 242, 243

Additional info

Full accessible
Restaurant overlooking the gardens serving home-cooked English food
Well stocked gift/book shop

The displays of period rooms lead the visitor on a walk through time, from the 17th century with oak furniture and panelling, past the refined splendour of the Georgian period and the high style of the Victorians, to 20th century modernity, seen in a 1930s flat, a mid-century room in 'contemporary style' and a late 20th century 'warehouse conversion'.

Items from this collection

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

A Street Seen: The Residents of Westbury Road

  • 29 September 2015 — 3 April 2016 *on now

A Street Seen, a collaboration between an artist, a photographer and The Residents of Westbury Road, in Bounds Green, Haringey, documents the homes, gardens and people on a typical London street.

Artist Gabriela Schutz’ six metre long panoramic drawing shows a row of near-identical Victorian houses on the road she lives on.

The diversity of residents who live there is revealed in Andrew Buurman’s photographs. Taken over the last two years, they reveal the residents in their back gardens – spaces invisible from the street, as varied as the house fronts are regular.

Gabriela Schutz is an artist who has exhibited in galleries in London, Israel and Europe and was shortlisted for the 2015 Jerwood Drawing Prize.

Andrew Buurman is a photographer who has exhibited in the UK and the States, won a World Press Award and published in many international newspapers and magazines.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/whatson/exhibitions-and-displays/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Design a Room

http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/kidszone/room/

This online interactive game for children helps show the differences between interior design in Tudor, Victorian and contemporary times. Choose one of the period rooms to create your own design. Click on the furnishings and colours you want to use. Remember you don't have to use all of the furniture! Happy designing!

Opening of Restored 18th century almshouse

Visitors can now view one of the Geffrye’s eighteenth century, Grade I listed almshouses, which has been fully restored to its original condition. The almshouse offers a rare glimpse into the lives of London’s poor and elderly in former times and is one of only a very few almshouses accessible in this way.
The almshouse will open to the general public on the first Saturday of each month on a timed-entry basis beginning at 11.00pm. Limited visits will be possible during the week for groups which have pre-booked.

How to obtain

Open to the public on the first Saturday of each month on a timed-entry basis beginning at 11.00am. (Ring in advance for times of opening).
Price: Adults: £3.00 per head, OAPs: £2.00 per head
Children under 16: Free
It will also be open on some Sundays during the summer (check with museum for dates).
Limited visits will be possible during the week for groups which have pre-booked.

Getting there

Overground: Hoxton (directly behind museum)
Underground and Rail: Liverpool Street and Old Street
Buses: 394, 67, 149, 242, 243

The Geffrye Museum of the Home
136 Kingsland Road
Shoreditch
London
Greater London
E2 8EA
England

Website

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

E-mail

info@geffrye-museum.org.uk

Telephone

Switchboard

020 7739 9893

Fax

020 7729 5647

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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