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Exterior of the Geffrye Museum in Autumn

The exterior of the Geffrye Museum - photography Mandy Williams

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.

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 and will re-open at the end of March 2016. The front gardens are open all year round.
  • The café is open until 4.45pm
  • The shop is open during museum hours

Christmas opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas Eve (Thursday 24 December); Christmas Day (Friday 25 December); Boxing Day (Saturday 26 December).
  • Open: Sunday 27 December
  • Open: Monday 28 December
  • Open: Tuesday 29 December
  • Open: Wednesday 30 December
  • Open: Thursday 31 December
  • Closed: Friday 1 January (New Year's Day)

You can also enhance your visit to the Geffrye museum with our new mobile website. Available for free on all portable devices with 3G, or by using the museum’s free Wi-Fi. Access it by typing the address into your device’s browser: 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. Explore the different sources our curators use to inform what each room looked like and what it contained. We have a limited number of iPads to lend during your visit; please ask at reception for more details.

Restored Almshouse

Interior of restored almshouse room

The 1780s almshouse room photographed by Jayne Lloyd

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.

Visitors will have a chance to visit the restored almshouse on the following days:

  • Saturdays: 5 December 2015 and 6 February 2016
  • Tuesdays: 8 and 22 December 2015, 12 and 26 January and 9 and 23 February 2016
  • Wednesdays: 2 and 16 December 2015, 6 and 20 January and 3 and 17 February 2016 (see Wednesday details below) 


Timed entries are at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm 


Tickets to enter the Restored Almshouse (please note that general museum admission is free):

Adults £4, Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 free. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that only groups of 8 or more can book in advance. 

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

Group visits to the Almshouse

The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month we welcome advance booking by groups of 8 or more, therefore not all of these tours may be open to the public. There are 16 places for this tour and these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 10 minutes before the tour begins. We suggest those wishing to visit the restored almshouse on a Wednesday contact the Information and Bookings Officer on 020 7739 9893 to check availability.


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

Corporate keyhole logo for Geffrye Museum