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Kingsland Road, E2
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street
This museum is located in the district of Hackney, in some former almshouses which date from 1715. They are named after the 16th century mayor of London who built them, Robert Geffrye.
The almshouses were converted into a museum in 1914, originally specialising in furniture - a reflection on the fact that the area has a long association with the furniture and cabinet making trades. Today there is still a strong furniture element to the museum, but now it is also dedicated to interior design in general.
Each room is devoted to a different era and so essentially you walk through the different ages from the Elizabethan era to the present day. The rooms are even accompanied by contemporary music.
Outside is a lovely herb garden, and during the summer months the gardens are host to free music concerts. All in all there is atmosphere galore and visitors regularly fall in love with the place.
Every so often special exhibitions take place, the most popular of which is the annual Christmas Past exhibition that takes place in December when each room is decorated according to the traditions and style of that period.
The Geffrye Museum is open daily except for Mondays, from 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 2pm-5pm Sundays. Admission is free. There is a shop and a restaurant available.
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