Geffrye Museum

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Kingsland Road, London, United Kingdom
Geffrye Museum - GEFFRYE MUSEUM
Geffrye Museum - GEFFRYE MUSEUM
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Geffrye Museum - GEFFRYE MUSEUM
Geffrye Museum - GEFFRYE MUSEUM
Geffrye Museum - GEFFRYE MUSEUM
Geffrye Museum - GEFFRYE MUSEUM

Geffrye Museum London Reviews

AdamR3723 AdamR3723
192 reviews
Delights of domestic life Nov 15, 2017
A fascinating place to visit both because of its contents and also its architecture.

The Geffrye Museum is housed in the central section of the alms-houses that surround three sides of a rectangular green open space. The alms-houses, which are in an immaculate state of preservation were built in 1714, funded by money bequeathed by Sir Robert Geffrye (1613-1703). His statue stands above the doorway to the centrally positioned chapel.

A pathway leads through a small cemetery to the north east of the grounds, around to the back of the long central portion of the building. There, behind the alms-houses, and close to the elevated railway tracks, is a series of gardens, each one planted to illustrate a phase in the history of English gardening. There is also a herb garden.

The museum is designed to illustrate domestic life between 1600 and the present. This is done beautifully by a series of rooms, each one decorated and furnished appropriately for the period being demonstrated. Each room is convincing, which should not be surprising because all the furniture is original as are some of the wall and ceilings, which have been removed from actual homes that were to be demolished.

At the south end of the museum, there is a modern extension with a circular section around which there are several re-creations of rooms from the 20th century. The new section also contains a café and a shop. At the rear of the central section of the alms-houses, there is a reading room that overlooks the gardens.
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Toonsarah says:
Very good review - great to see the interiors in particular
Posted on: Nov 15, 2017
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davidx davidx
564 reviews
One of London's best museums Nov 01, 2010
This claims to be one of London's most popular museums but I have met many people in England who don't know it and I'm prepared to bet that many TBs who have been to London have not found it. It's near Shoreditch and not near the famous museums of South Kensington.

There are 11 period rooms and 4 period gardens showing a great deal about life here from about 1600 to the present day.

I have not given the home page of the website but one from which you can reach the virtual tour.

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