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Unlocking the Geffrye

We’re investing £18m and opening up more of our Grade 1 listed buildings and gardens. 

We’re improving our existing buildings and creating new spaces and ways to access the museum. Visitors can see more of our collections, get more involved with activities and events and move around the museum and gardens more easily. We reopen in 2020.

We have already raised £17m, please donate to help us complete this project. 

What’s happening at the museum?

Home Gallery

The Home Gallery is a new gallery which will run the full length of the almshouse building. Here you can explore contemporary and historic stories of home. Lots more of our collections and archives will be on display.

Library and study room

Our library and study room with high vaulted ceiling overlooks the front gardens. A new space for research and study.

Spaces for schools, families and learning

We are creating a new pavilion and studio for our award-winning learning programme and activities. These spaces will allow more people of all ages and abilities to participate.

Better access

You’ll be able to enter the museum via our new entrance directly opposite Hoxton Station. This leads into a spacious reception space with improved facilities. More than twice as much of the building will be open to visitors. 

New café

Our new café will be on the corner of Geffrye Street and Cremer Street. Accessible even when the museum is closed, a welcoming neighbourhood addition.


Our gardens will be open all year round and we’re adding a 21st century roof garden. Stunning and eco-friendly, it will highlight the challenges of gardening in climate crisis.


We were granted planning by London Borough of Hackney in July 2016. The museum closed in January 2018 and construction got underway in Spring 2018. The redeveloped museum will open in 2020. 

Donate now

Please donate to help us complete this project. 

When we reopen we invite you to use the museum as a place to discover and celebrate, reveal and rethink home together.

National Lottery Heritage Fund Arts Council England