Founded in 1914, the Geffrye Museum is a museum specialising in the history of the English domestic interior. Named after Sir Robert Geffrye, a former Lord Mayor of London and Master of the Ironmongers’ Company, it is located on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch, London. The main body of the museum is housed in the Grade I-listed almshouses of the Ironmongers’ Company, built in 1714 thanks to a bequest by Geffrye. The museum was extended in 1998 with an innovative yet architecturally sympathetic new wing designed by Branson Coates Architects.
The museum shows the changing style of the English domestic interior in a series of eleven displayed period rooms from 1600 to the present day. The emphasis is on the furnishings, pictures, and ornaments of the urban middle classes of London.
The museum routinely holds exhibitions and seminars, both in the museum itself and in its walled herb garden. An annual event is the Christmas Past exhibition, which sees rooms of each period adorned as they would have been at Christmas.
In addition, the museum has some eighteenth and nineteenth-century almshouse rooms on display, showing part of the building in its original guise as accommodation for the deserving poor.
In 2011 the Geffrye Museum secured funding of £13.2million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build an extension which is due to open in 2015.
Opening hoursMuseum and gardens:The museums’s eleven period rooms and special exhibitions are open at the following times:
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pmBank Holiday Mondays 10am – 5pmClosed Mondays (unless Bank Holiday), Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s DayThe period gardens are open from 1 April to 31 October. The front gardens are open all year round.The café is open until 4.45pmThe shop is open during museum hours