The Geffrye Museum of the Home

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





020 7739 9893


020 7729 5647

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1930s living room
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The Geffrye explores the home from 1600 to the present day, focusing on the urban living rooms and gardens of the English middle classes. Our collections show how homes have been used and furnished over the past 400 years, reflecting changes in society and behaviour as well as style, fashion and taste.

A series of period rooms lead visitors on a walk through time from 17th century oak furniture and panelling, past muted Georgian elegance and eclectic Victorian style, to 20th century modernity and contemporary living.

These rooms 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:


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.
photograph of christmas decorations in room

Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes

  • 25 November 2014 — 5 January 2015 *on now

Each year, the Geffrye Museum’s eleven period living rooms are transformed with authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery to give visitors a magical glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English middle-class homes over the past 400 years. A perennial favourite, many visitors say that the Christmas Past exhibition has become an essential part of their own Yuletide traditions.

Step back through the centuries and discover the origins and meanings of some of the rich and vibrant traditions of Christmas past, from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, hanging up stockings, sending cards, decorating the tree and throwing cocktail parties.

The accompanying programme of events will focus on the 18th century in celebration of the tri-centenary of the museum’s almshouse buildings. Highlights include festive greenery workshops, a concert by candlelight, a special open evening, exhibition talks and ‘Farewell to Christmas’ – the Geffrye’s traditional burning of the Christmas greenery, with carol singing, stories about Epiphany and a taste of mulled wine and Twelfth night cake.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


painting from homes of the homeless exhibition

Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London

  • 24 March — 15 July 2015

We tend to imagine the Victorian home as a family affair, a place of stability and a retreat from the outside world. And that was the ideal for the Victorians themselves. But for huge numbers of Londoners the reality was very different. Tens of thousands made their homes in lodgings and lodging houses, renting a room - or often just a bed - by the week or the night in a building shared with strangers. And there were countless others who could not even scrape together the few pennies for this and who turned to the workhouse or refuges or who slept rough in whatever shelter they could find.

This special exhibition tells the story of these ‘other’ London homes in the 19th and 20th centuries, exploring the places and spaces the poor inhabited, bringing them to life through paintings, photographs and objects, and, importantly, through the diaries and oral histories of the men, women and children who sought shelter in the capital.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£5/£3 concessions

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

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