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The Geffrye is now closed for a transformational, two-year development

Although the main museum building and period gardens are closed, there are still reasons to come to the Geffrye. Throughout closure we are running a programme of events and activities in our front gardens. The restored almshouse is also open for tours on certain dates throughout the year.

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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. 

Front garden opening hours

The museum's front gardens are open at the following times:

  • Monday - Friday 7.30am - 5pm
  • Saturdays when the restored almshouse is open 10am - 5pm
  • Closed Sundays, Good Friday and Bank Holiday Mondays


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. Please note that owing to the nature of the building, the restored almshouse has no step free access. If you are planning to visit as part of a group please see the information below.

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Saturdays **28 April, 12 and 26 May and 9* and 23 June 2018
  • Tuesdays: 8 and 22 May and 12 and 26 June 2018
  • Wednesdays: 2 and 16 May and 6 and 20 June 2018
  • Thursday 31 May 2018

 

Timed entries are at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm with additional 4pm tours between April and October.

Tours are priced at £5 per person. For Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 tours are free. 

Get a coffee and cake for £5 from our neighbours at the Hoxton Cabin, by showing your stamped ticket when you finish your tour. 

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

Please note that owing to the nature of the building, the restored historic almshouse has no step free access, however visitors can view a virtual tour here

** New Object Handling tours

Themed object handling tours will run on Saturday afternoons at 2 and 3pm, and 4pm from April.

  • Saturday 28 April - Keeping home
  • Saturday 12 May - Lighting and heating
  • Saturday 26 May - Food preparation and eating
  • Saturday 23 June - Lighting and heating


London History Day

Thursday 31 May, 11am - 4.30pm (last entry 4.15pm). Free

Join us for a special almshouse tour which reflects the theme of Ageing with Courage, and asks what was life like for pensioners at the Geffrye almshouse.

London History Day

Open House Families

*Saturday 9 June, 10am - 4pm. Free

Celebrating Open House Families with activities for all ages. 

Almshouse Tours at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis

Explore our almshouse buildings and get a rare glimpse into the lives of London's poor and elderly in the 1780s and 1880s by joining a tour produced by young people that is especially designed for families.

Please note that owing to the nature of the building the restored almshouse has no step-free access.


Group visits to the almshouse

For advance booking for groups of 8 or more contact bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk or 020 7739 9893.

Please note that a maximum of 10 spaces per tour can be reserved for pre-booked groups; if your group is more than 10 we can split your group over 2 tours. This allows us to keep 6 spaces for other visitors that turn up on the day.

Unfortunately we are unable to take advance bookings for tours on Saturdays.


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 - photography David Clarke and Marcus Leith

The Geffrye is now closed for a transformational, two-year development

Although the main museum building and period gardens are closed, there are still reasons to come to the Geffrye. Throughout closure we will run a programme of events and activities in our front gardens. The restored almshouse is also open for tours on certain dates throughout the year.

To keep up to date with all the latest news and events - sign up to our regular e-news and follow us: TwitterFacebook and Instagram.


The Geffrye is in Hoxton, East London. 

The nearest Overground and Underground stations are Hoxton, Liverpool Street and Old Street

Front garden opening hours

  • Monday - Friday 7.30am - 5pm
  • Saturdays when the restored almshouse is open 10am - 5pm
  • Closed Sundays, Good Friday and Bank Holiday Mondays


Restored Almshouse tours

Interior of restored almshouse room

The 1780s almshouse room photographed by Jayne Lloyd

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Saturdays**28 April, 12 and 26 May and 9* and 23 June 2018
  • Tuesdays: 8 and 22 May and 12 and 26 June 2018
  • Wednesdays: 12 and 16 May and 6 and 20 June 2018

 

Timed entries are at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm with additional 4pm tours between April and October.

Tours are priced at £5 per person. For Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 tours are free. 

Get a coffee and cake for £5 from our neighbours at the Hoxton Cabin, by showing your stamped ticket when you finish your tour. 

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

Please note that owing to the nature of the building, the restored historic almshouse has no step free access, however visitors can view a virtual tour here

** New Object Handling tours

Themed object handling tours will run on Saturday afternoons at 2 and 3pm, and 4pm from April.

  • Saturday 28 April - Keeping home
  • Saturday 12 May - Lighting and heating
  • Saturday 26 May - Food preparation and eating
  • Saturday 23 June - Lighting and heating



London History Day

Thursday 31 May, 11am - 4.30pm (last entry 4.15pm). Free

Join us for a special almshouse tour which reflects the theme of Ageing with Courage, and asks what was life like for pensioners at the Geffrye almshouse.

Open House Families

*Saturday 9 June, 10am - 4pm

Celebrating Open House Families with activities for all ages. 

Almshouse tours at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis

Explore our almshouse buildings and get a rare glimpse into the lives of London's poor and elderly in the 1780s and 1880s by joining a tour produced by young people that is especially designed for families.

Please note that owing to the nature of the building the restored almshouse has no step-free access.


Group visits to the almshouse

For advance booking for groups of 8 or more contact bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk or 020 7739 9893.

Please note that a maximum of 10 spaces per tour can be reserved for pre-booked groups; if your group is more than 10 we can split your group over 2 tours. This allows us to keep 6 spaces for other visitors that turn up on the day.

Unfortunately we are unable to take advance bookings for tours on Saturdays.