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The Geffrye is located in Shoreditch just minutes from the City of London. It is easily reached by public transport. The nearest stations are Hoxton and Old Street. 

Admission to the museum including the eleven period rooms and herb and period gardens is free. Our Period Rooms Highlights Tour audio guide is available from the reception desk for £3.50, with a free version for blind and partially-sighted visitors. Please note that dogs are not allowed in the museum and gardens, except assistance dogs. View the museum map.

Click here for information on disability and access, visiting as a school, and group visits. Book tickets to events here.

Opening hours

The museums's eleven period rooms and special exhibitions are open at the following times:

  • Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
  • Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 5pm
  • Closed Mondays (unless Bank Holiday), Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day
  • The herb and period gardens have now closed for the winter season and will re-open Saturday 25 March 2017. The front gardens are open until 5pm all year round.
  • The café is open until 4.45pm
  • The shop is open during museum hours

Enhance your visit to the Geffrye museum with our mobile website. Available for free on all portable devices with 3G, or by using the museum’s free Wi-Fi. Access it by typing www.geffrye.mobi. Use the mobile website to virtually step into the period rooms and get up close to our displays. See animations illustrating hidden furniture compartments, watch films made by young people and use the zoom function to investigate detail. We have a limited number of iPads to lend during your visit; please ask at reception for more details.

Restored Almshouse

A 1780s almshouse interior at the Geffrye Museum

The 1780s almshouse room photographed by Morley von Sternberg

The restored almshouse has been taken back to its original condition, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of London's poor and elderly in former times. Tours are conducted by museum volunteers and take place at specific times each month. It is located in the south wing of the museum buildings and has its own entrance. If you are planning to visit as part of a group please see the information below.

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Saturdays: 1 April, 6 May and 3 June 2017
  • Tuesdays: 21 March, 11 and 25 April and 9 and 23 May 2017
  • Wednesdays: 5 and 19 April, 3 and 17 May and 7 June 2017

 

Timed entries are at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm with 4pm tours reintroduced from April.

Tours are priced at £4 per person. For Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 tours are free. 

Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Please note that owing to the museum's listed building status, the restored historic almshouse has no step free access, however visitors can view a virtual tour here

Group visits to the almshouse

For advance booking for groups of 8 or more contact bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk or 020 7739 9893.

Please note that a maximum of 10 spaces per tour can be reserved for pre-booked groups; if your group is more than 10 we can split your group over 2 tours. This allows us to keep 6 spaces for other visitors that turn up on the day.

Unfortunately we are unable to take advance bookings for tours on Saturdays.


Photography

Visitors may take photographs without a tripod for personal use. Commercial photography must be approved in advance.


Geffrye Museum in Autumn photography David Clarke and Marcus Leith

The exterior of the Geffrye Museum - photography David Clarke and Marcus Leith

The Geffrye is in Hoxton, East London. Admission to the museum is free.

The nearest Overground and Underground stations are Hoxton, Liverpool Street and Old Street

Opening hours

  • Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
  • Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 5pm
  • Closed Mondays (unless Bank Holiday), Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day
  • The herb and period gardens have now closed for the winter season and will re-open Saturday 25 March 2017. The front gardens are open until 5pm all year round
  • The café is open until 4.45pm
  • The shop is open during museum hours

Restored Almshouse

Interior of restored almshouse room

The 1780s almshouse room photographed by Jayne Lloyd

Tours of the restored almshouse are available on the following days

  • Saturdays: 1 April, 6 May and 3 June 2017
  • Tuesdays: 21 March, 11 and 25 April, 9 and 23 May 2017
  • Wednesdays: 5 and 19 April, 3 and 17 May and 7 June 2017

Tours: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, with 4pm tours reintroduced from April 2017.

Tours are priced at £4 per person. For Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 tours are free. 

Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Please note that owing to the museum's listed building status, the restored historic almshouse has no step free access, however visitors can view a virtual tour here

Group visits to the almshouse

For advance booking for groups of 8 or more contact bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk or 020 7739 9893.

Please note that a maximum of 10 spaces per tour can be reserved for pre-booked groups; if your group is more than 10 we can split your group over 2 tours. This allows us to keep 6 spaces for other visitors that turn up on the day.

Unfortunately we are unable to take advance bookings for tours on Saturdays.