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We want to inspire everyone about the multiple meanings of home – past, present and future – through our displays of urban living rooms and gardens, special exhibitions and events, and our collections and the stories behind them.

Set in beautiful 18th-century almshouse buildings surrounded by lush gardens in Hoxton, the Geffrye is often described as an oasis in the heart of inner-city London. 

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"Wonderful. Wonderful.  A real treasure - wish I had discovered it years ago - I will spread the word"

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Exterior of the Geffrye Museum in autumn - photography Jayne Lloyd

Exterior of the Geffrye Museum - photography Jayne Lloyd

The Geffrye closed on 7 January 2018 for our exciting two-year development project, Unlocking the Geffrye. Although the main museum building and period gardens are closed, there will still be plenty of reasons to come to the Geffrye. Throughout closure we will run a programme of events, activities and installations in our front gardens. The restored almshouse will also be open for tours on certain dates throughout the year.

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The Geffrye explores the home and the way people live. Our collections show how homes have been used and furnished over the past 400 years, reflecting changes in society and behaviour as well as style, fashion and taste. A series of period rooms lead visitors on a walk through time from 17th century oak furniture and panelling, past muted Georgian elegance and eclectic Victorian style, to 20th century modernity and contemporary living.

These rooms are complemented by a sequence of period gardens and a walled herb garden which illustrate the role of the garden in home life and how domestic gardens have changed over time.

The Geffrye is a much-loved gem in the lively and creative Hoxton area - historically a centre for furniture-making and market gardening. Set in 18th-century almshouses and surrounded by gardens, it is often described as an oasis in the heart of the city.

"Wonderful. Wonderful.  A real treasure - wish I had discovered it years ago - I will spread the word"

Take a Virtual Tour around the Geffrye here.

HistoryMuseum history Museum DevelopmentUnlocking the Geffrye

Heritage Lottery fund Arts Council England