United Kingdom

Kingsland Road, Shoreditch,

Phone: 020 7739 9893

The Geffrye Museum

One of London’s most friendly and charming museums, the Geffrye presents the history of the English domestic interior from 1600 to the present day. A series of period rooms containing fine collections of furniture, paintings and decorative arts reflect the changing tastes and styles of the urban middle classes. The museum is set in delightful 18th century almshouse buildings with attractive gardens, including a walled herb garden and series of period gardens.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

The Geffrye Museum's collections comprise furniture, textiles, paintings and objects displayed in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day. Reflecting changes in English domestic style and taste over the past 400 years, they include objects of national importance as well as specialist items including the earliest known piece of English furniture to bear a trade label, 18th and 19th-century tea caddies and workboxes, an important collection of Utility material and a extensive collection of 1950s curtain fabrics. Other key themes include a specialised Christmas archive and a prominent collection of paintings and prints representing urban domestic interiors and gardens, including recent acquisitions by James Tissot and Rebecca Solomon. These collections are complemented by a significant library and archive.
We are currently in the process of digitising our collections information and creating an online database. The first phase of this major project, funded by the London Museums Hub, is scheduled for completion in 2007.


PART 3 (1914-1960): 20 February – 24 June 2007
PART 4 (1960-present): 16 October 2007 – 4 February 2008
This major exhibition will explore the representation of urban domestic interiors and gardens in paintings during the twentieth century. It will pick up where the Geffrye’s acclaimed exhibitions of the same name, which covered the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, left off. Again, the focus will be on the valued domestic spaces of the middle-classes rather than those of Royalty or the aristocracy. It will bring together pieces from collections across the UK to be shown not simply as works of art, but interpreted as historical documents with detailed evidence for understanding the nature of middle-class domestic interiors and gardens. Works by both famous artists, including David Hockney, Carol Weight, Paul Nash and Patrick Caulfield, and those who are less well-known, will be displayed in two groups of about 40 paintings and drawings. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-colour catalogue.

21 September - 23 September 2007
A selling fair featuring the work of potters in a riot of colour, texture, shape, style and technique. This event will provide a unique opportunity to view work by some of the leading ceramicists in the country, as well as new emerging talents, in a central London venue. An exciting range of work will be on display, from classic tableware, lamps and other domestic objects to innovative, decorative pieces. Visitors will have the opportunity not just to view and buy a wide range of work, but also to talk to the makers themselves in an informal setting. There will be free demonstrati...+ [ Read all ]

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Opening hours

Tue to Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 12.00-17.00. Closed Mon (except BH) and Christmas Day, Easter and New Year's Day.

Getting there

Tube: Liverpool Street (Bishopsgate exit), then bus 149 or 242 Old Street (exit 2), then bus 243 or 15 minute walk
Train: British Rail: Liverpool Street; Dalston Kingsland, North London Line: Old Street
Buses: 149, 242, 243, 67
Parking: Limited meter parking in neighbouring streets
Coach: Setting down and picking up point in Kingsland Road


Disabled facilities and entrances, toilets, shop/café, cloakroom

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Groups of more than 8 must be booked in advanced. Talks available upon request.


Free taught sessions for schools are available Tuesday – Friday during term time at 10am, 11.40am and 2pm.
Our current schools sessions support the National Curriculum programme of study for History and Art and Design in the following areas:
Tudors; Victorians; The Fire of London; contextual portraiture; containers; chairs; herbs; twentieth century design; Britian since 1930; homes then and now and storytelling.


The Museum runs activity weeks during the school holidays five times a year. There are also regular Saturday Special workshops on the first Saturday of every month. Holiday and weekend activities are for young people aged 3-15 and their families. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each activity. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Quizzes and the Feely box are available during half-terms and holidays and every Saturday and Sunday.

The Museum also holds a number of family days throughout the year, including the Summer Sunday family days on the second Sunday of June, July and August of each year. These events include storytelling, music and craft workshops in the Museum’s gardens.


Student groups are welcome but must be booked in advance and taught sessions can be arranged with the education department. Additionally, we offer work experience and placements throughout the year by prior arrangement.


There are tours of the Geffrye’s restored 18th-century almshouse, which has been taken back to its original condition and offers a rare glimpse into the lives of London’s poor and elderly in the 1780s and 1880s. The Almshouse will open on the first Saturday of every month and the first and third Wednesday of every month. Tickets: adults £2.00 and children under 16 are free. Numbers are limited and all will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis on the day.

Other events for adults include study days, talks and craft workshops.