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Geffrye Museum, London

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#35 of 220 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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  • A fine place for a trip, walking through the elegantly structured alms houses I felt as if I had stepped in to a time machine such was the attention to detail. From the detail on display in each room ranging from 1990 to before it was clear that if a window to the past could be found twas here. A particular favourite of mine was the antique room descriptors on each wall that had been affixed in a manner slightly incongruous with the time frame I'm display but in such a life not everything can be had your way. Kudos Geffrye Museum. Kudos. Also a smell of the tea leaves will leave you on a sense of euphoria the likes of which have not been experienced by myself. Twas almost as if a cup of lapsang souchong was placed in front of me. Delightful.
  • Glorious place, with rooms in styles of past centuries and eras, plus almshouse room with informative guide (think you need to book for this, as space is restricted). We went at Christmas and there were seasonal decorations as well as the usual evocative furnishings. Brilliantly done: looking forward to my next visit. Agree about the cafe, though; lovely place, but we waited an hour for soup! Better at teatime.
  • Fantastic low key museum. Great to learn more about middle class homes over the last 500 years. I went early in the day, I expect it would get busy later on. Loved it. Herb garden very interesting and lovely to sniff all the scents. Free entry, shop and cafe. Fantastic.
  • I felt rather let down by the exhibits here. I was expecting to see how home life had changed through the years and how homes have been run but there was very little of this. There were a lot of chairs from throughout the ages though so if you're a fan of chairs you'll love it here. We call it the chair museum!
  • There're beautiful garden and wonderful exhibition. A lot of activities can play with children. It's a nice museum.

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