LONDON | The Geffrye Museum is one of London’s lesser known, quirky museums, and is housed in 18th-century Grade I-listed almshouses dating back to 1714. The museum deals with the topic of the home, and contains displays which recreate typical middle class London living rooms and gardens from the 1600s through to the present. It’s interesting to see the changes in society, behaviour, style and taste that are reflected in the museum’s displays.
While the period rooms reflect the homes of doctors, lawyers, bankers, architects and the like over the years, one of the restored almshouses offers a rare glimpse into the lives of London’s poor and elderly in the 1780s and 1880s. The gardens, another highlight of this “oasis in the city”, feature a modern garden, period gardens, and an intriguing walled herb garden featuring over 170 herbs and plants.
When visiting the Geffrye Museum, keep an eye out for special exhibits which are held throughout the year. During Christmas, for example, the period rooms are decorated as they would have been during Christmas in times gone past.
Update 03/10/2017: The Geffrye is about to embark on a transformational £18m development project – Unlocking the Geffrye. This will mean that 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 visit. Throughout closure the museum will run a programme of events and activities in their front gardens. The restored almshouse will also be open for tours on certain dates throughout the year. Keep an eye out for details.
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