Period Rooms and Gardens
A living room in 1935 - photography Chris Ridley
Visitors to the Geffrye can view our permanent display of eleven period rooms which span approximately 400 years from around 1600 to the present day. There is also a walled herb garden and a series of four period gardens, chronologically arranged to reflect the museum's period rooms, which can be visited between 1 April and 31 October. To the front of the museum there is a large garden facing onto Kingsland Road, which has recently been refurbished. Additionally, there is a restored 18th-century almshouse, open to visitors on selected days, which has been taken back to its original condition and provides a glimpse into the lives of London's poor and elderly in the 1780s and 1880s.
We know that not everyone is able to visit the Geffrye in person so we are always looking to create new ways for online visitors to experience the museum more fully. We have recently added panoramas of all the period rooms, gardens and almshouse rooms, which provide a highly detailed, immersive way to experience the museum. There is also our online Virtual Tour which offers a timeline through the museum and gardens and highlights significant objects and plants. You will also find short descriptions of all the rooms and gardens, adding context to the new visual material.
Follow the left hand menu to find out more about each of the period rooms and gardens or click here to explore the individual 360 views and the Virtual Tour.