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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 1 April 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.

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

  • Saturdays: 7 January and 4 February 2017
  • Tuesdays: 13 December 2016 and 10 and 24 January and 7 and 21 February 2017
  • Wednesdays: 7 and 21 December 2016 and 4 and 18 January and 1 and 15 February 2017

 

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: first-come, first-served. Please note that only groups of 8 or more can book in advance.

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.

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 in autumn - 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 1 April 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

  • Saturdays: 7 January and 4 February 2017
  • Tuesdays: 13 December 2016 and 10 and 24 January and 7 and 21 February 2017
  • Wednesdays: 7 and 21 December 2016 and 4 and 18 January and 1 and 15 February 2017

Tours: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm 

Almshouse tickets: Adults £4, Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 free. Places are limited. Please note that only groups of 8 or more can book in advance. 

Group visits to the Almshouse

We welcome advance booking by groups of 8 or more on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. To book a group visit or to check availability contact bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk or 020 7739 9893.