The Geffrye Museum in autumn - photography Richard Davies
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, with a free version for blind and partially-sighted visitors.
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 period gardens are open from 28 March to 31 October. The front gardens are open all year round.
- The café is open until 4.45pm
- The shop is open during museum hours
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: 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. 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.
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: 6 June**, 4 July, 1 August, 5 September and 3 October 2015
- Tuesdays: 26 May** 2015
- Wednesdays: 20 May**, 3 June**, 17 June, 1 and 15 July, 5 and 19 August, 2 and 16 September and 7 October 2015 (see Wednesday details below)
Timed entries are at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
** During the Chelsea Fringe Festival: 20 and 26 May, 3 and 6 June, the almshouse tours will include an introduction to the gardens.
Tickets to enter the Restored Almshouse (please note that general museum admission is free):
Adults £3, 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.