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Vestry House Museum, London

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#127 of 220 in Museums in London
Vestry House Museum is a history museum in Walthamstow, focussing on the heritage of the local area. The collection includes various artifacts dating from the Victorian Era to the 20th Century including numerous archived documents and photographs.Vestry House was originally built as a workhouse and was later used as a police station and also as private housing (amongst the exhibits is a replica police cell demonstrating one of the building's previous uses). The building became a museum in 1931.
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  • Interesting as is the history of Walthamstow, displaying items and info on Victorian workhouses as well as the local life through the years. Obvious it needs financial support to be better but it kept...  more »
  • Visited with a friend and spent a couple of hours wandering around. The Warner house exhibition is particularly interesting as my cousin's lived in a Warner house in the 80's. Really interesting and w...  more »
  • Originally it was built as a workhouse. Now it is a museum displaying a large and varied collection of items spread over a number of rooms. There is a lot to see of interest for both adults and childr...  more »
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  • We had our wedding reception here (in the community room) in the spring – just in time for the gardens to bloom and incredibly lucky with the weather. The nice thing was, although it was a public space, it felt like we had the place to ourselves, with kids running around safely in the confines of the gardens. It was a good size for a party and decent preparation / storage area out the back. The staff there were friendly and accommodating and mostly left us to on it on the day. Great little venue (and museum of course!).
  • Small but delightful local museum. The surrounding area is also fascinating to walk around.
  • very interesting place to visit. we came to listen to a talk about the house and after an hour and half hadca tour and explanation of the whole area around the museum, the church, the cemetery, the vinegar alley and so much more...
  • This museum is a hidden gem in Walthamstow - the staff is really friendly, and the items shown are very unique. Even though it is a free museum and mostly helped by volunteers, it is the same quality, if not higher/better than other museums which you have to pay for.
  • Lovely garden, well maintained, a really nice spot to chill and snack in after a look around the Museum itself, which is a great local treasure!

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