1780s almshouse room - photography Morley von Sternberg
The Geffrye closed on 7 January 2018 for a transformational, two-year development.
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 and activities in our front gardens. The restored almshouse will also be open for tours on certain dates throughout the year.
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Visit one of the Geffrye's 18th-century almshouses which has been fully restored to its original condition, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of London's poor and elderly in former times. Tours are led by our knowledgeable team of volunteers.
Tours are available on the following days:
- Saturdays**: 27 January, 3 and 17 February, and 3 and 17 March 2018
- Tuesdays: 23 January, 13 and 27 February, and 13 and 27 March 2018
- Wednesdays: 7 and 21 February, and 7 and 21 March 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 museum's listed building status, 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 27 January - Keeping home
- Saturday 3 February - Lighting and heating
- Saturday 17 February - Food preparation and eating
Group visits to the almshouse
For advance booking for groups of 8 or more contact email@example.com 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.