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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 period gardens and herb garden are open from April to October. The front gardens are open until 5pm all year round.
  • The café is open until 4.45pm
  • The shop is open during museum hours


Exciting news ... We are about to embark on a transformational £18m development project - Unlocking the Geffrye - which will mean the museum will close on 7 January 2018 for almost two years. Although the main museum building and period gardens will be closed, there will still be plenty of reasons to come to the Geffrye. Throughout closure we will run a busy 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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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.

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Saturdays: 4 November, 2 December 2017 and 13 and 27 January 2018
  • Tuesdays: 24 October, 7 and 21 November, 12 December 2017 and 9 and 23 January 2018
  • Wednesdays: 1 and 15 November, 6 and 20 December 2017 and 3 and 17 January 2018

 

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

Tours are priced at £4 per person. For Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 tours are free. 

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

Please note that owing to the museum's listed building status, the restored historic almshouse has no step free access, however visitors can view a virtual tour here


New Almshouse Tours with Interactive Object Handling

Thursday 26, Sunday 29 October, Sunday 26 and Thursday 30 November, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm

Join us for a new look at our restored almshouse and find out about the lives of our pensioners in a themed interactive object handling tour. 

October 26 - Food preparation and eating
October 29 - Keeping Home
November 26 - Lighting and Heating
November 30 - Food preparation and eating

Booking 15 minutes before the tour starts in the Chapel. First come first serve, maximum 14 people.

Tours are priced at £4 per person. For Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 tours are free.


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 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 period gardens and herb garden are open from April to October. The front gardens are open until 5pm all year round
  • The café is open until 4.45pm
  • The shop is open during museum hours


Exciting news ... We are about to embark on a transformational £18m development project - Unlocking the Geffrye - which will mean the museum will close on 7 January 2018 for almost two years. Although the main museum building and period gardens will be closed, there will still be plenty of reasons to come to the Geffrye. Throughout closure we will run a busy 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.

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.


Restored Almshouse

Interior of restored almshouse room

The 1780s almshouse room photographed by Jayne Lloyd

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Saturdays: 4 November, 2 December 2017 and 13 and 27 January 2018
  • Tuesdays: 24 October, 7 and 21 November, 12 December 2017 and 9 and 23 January 2018
  • Wednesdays: 1 and 15 November, 6 and 20 December 2017 and 3 and 17 January 2018

 

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

Tours are priced at £4 per person. For Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 tours are free. 

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

Please note that owing to the museum's listed building status, the restored historic almshouse has no step free access, however visitors can view a virtual tour here


New Almshouse Tours with Interactive Object Handling

Thursday 26, Sunday 29 October, Sunday 26 and Thursday 30 November, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm

Join us for a new look at our restored almshouse and find out about the lives of our pensioners in a themed interactive object handling tour. 

October 26 - Food preparation and eating
October 29 - Keeping Home
November 26 - Lighting and Heating
November 30 - Food preparation and eating

Booking 15 minutes before the tour starts in the Chapel. First come first serve, maximum 14 people.

Tours are priced at £4 per person. For Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 tours are free.


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.