Step back in time at the Geffrye

Exterior of the Geffrye Museum at Hannah Taylor

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Situated in a set of 18th-century almshouses in buzzy Hoxton, the Geffrye Museum explores the home from 1600 to the present day.

Perfect for those that are prone to nostalgia, the Geffrye offers visitors the unique experience of stepping back in time to the middle-class living rooms of the past. Starting from 1600, it’s an immersive way to take in domestic history, explore the evolution of design and the changing attitudes towards the home.

From the beautiful antiques of the 1800s to the nostalgic feel of the 1990s room sets, there’s something for everyone to see. A highlight is the 1960s living room which features beautiful mid-century designs and plenty of varnished wood that transports you back to the era. Displaying original furniture, including many a design from the Heal’s archive, The Geffrye Museum is a must-visit for every interior design lover.



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Unfortunately, there’s not long left to stop by. The Geffrye is set to close its doors on 7th January 2018 for two years in order for work to start on a transformational development project, Unlocking the Geffrye.

Before it shuts its doors, the museum has organised a Farewell Party Weekend to say goodbye to both Christmas and the museum. Taking place over two days – Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th January – guests can see the period rooms for the last time, join in the Epiphany celebrations and enjoy live music and performances, street food, crafts for all the family, winter cocktails and special offers in the shop and café.

Have a read of what’s on below…

Saturday 6 January, 3.30-5pm:  Farewell to Christmas

Wrap up and get warm by the bonfire in our front gardens – sing along to carols with the London Orphean Brass Band,  listen to stories about Epiphany and enjoy a taste of Twelfth Night cake and mulled wine.

Sunday 7 January, 10am-5pm:  Closing Day party

Meet the museum team and hear all about the Geffrye’s plans, get behind the scenes with the curators, play games on the front lawn, get crafty in creative workshops, tuck into winter-warming food and hot cocktails, be entertained by drag queen Timberlina and punk-pop-poet showgirl Brigitte Aphrodite, and join in a traditional East End farewell sing-along around the piano.

Although the museum is closing, there will still be plenty of reasons to visit the Geffrye.  Events will be run on the front lawn and the restored almshouse will be open for tours on certain days each month.  Keep up to date with the latest news and events at