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Geffrye Museum, London

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#35 of 222 in Museums in London
Discover 400 years of the changing tastes of the English upper-middle class at Geffrye Museum. Based in a quaint almshouse, wander through the rooms to get a feel for each era--Gregorian to Victorian to more modern styles. Learn about the people using these places, their lifestyle, and their changing tastes. Each display comes with an interpretation and audio guide. During good weather, stroll through the period gardens filled with seasonal plants and flowers. There’s a cafe on site when you get hungry Put Geffrye Museum into our London trip itinerary maker tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Eleven period rooms that educate the viewer with early development of chairs, settees, reclining sofas their history and change in function. Everything we take fir granted in our homes grew out of shi...  more »
  • I found some of the other reviews a bit harsh - regarding the entrance from the tube - walking round the block to the main entrance was pretty straightforward and if you don't enter from this point I ...  more »
  • As always the exhibits are superlative, interesting for all ages and backgrounds. The gardens are a delight (front and back) and for the time spent there one can forget momentarily that one is in Hack...  more »
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  • Good displays of past rooms of houses. Lots of information, too, which helps to put everything in context. Modern café in the centre of the museum. Tries a bit too hard to be posh and is quite expensive. Nice little gift shop, but also expensive. The gardens are lovely, but not large.
  • I was not sure this is the best place with two boys (10 and 8), but we all enjoyed it. A travel through interior design from 1600 to 2000, with a lot of enjoyable explanations, furniture and textiles to tap, children's trail and cafe with a view of the neat gardens. The bus and overground connections are great, we surely go back.
  • Geffrye explores the home from 1600 to the present day. illustrate homes and home life through the centuries, reflecting changes in society, behaviour, style and taste. Set in beautiful 18th-century almshouse buildings, the museum is surrounded by gardens - a much-loved oasis in the heart of inner-city London. This place used to be poor and elderly in the 1780s and 1880s.Enjoy the beautiful garden after the museum.
  • Unusual museum and very interesting. The gardens are nice too, we went to a garden party there but unfortunately weather was a bit cool and there was a poor turnout. Also there was some issue with the food and it never appeared. Was a shame because the cocktails were great and the setting was so perfect.
  • U can see rooms design since 17th to 20 century.free entry.

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