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Museum of the Living Room?

Formerly known as the Geffrye Museum, this museum is located in old East End almshouses founded by... read more

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989pezza
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed our visit

Really enjoyed our visit. Interesting perspectives of the home it's contents and the people that... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2021
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United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Although this museum was a little further afield, it was well worth the effort. It had so much information showing houses and furniture from 1600s. I spent a couple of hours there. However the cafe was disappointing. There was a long queue waiting to sit down altho plenty of empty tables but no staff to guide us. The service was slow and it was expensive. However this didn't spoil my afternoon and I would thoroughly recommend this museum to families and all ages.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank clare k
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I had never heard of this museum but after reading the reviews thought it was worth a visit and it certainly was. It is quite small but there is s lot of detail about how a typical home in middle class London has changed and developed since 1600. Very informative and well showcased in a beautiful former home for the elderly. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and right next to the Hoxton station on the overground, therefore easy to access.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank AKL_11
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Geffrye shows the development of English domestic life through a series of rooms furnished in different styles. The focus is - perhaps necessarily - on the furniture and life-styles of the better-off. An overview introduces each room and younger visitors are encouraged to engage. Sound recordings complement the physical displays. The museum is housed in former almshouses and the whole site provides a haven of peace not far from the City. Well worth a couple of hours if you are in London.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank RichardJYelland
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

We visited the museum to kill sometime in the afternoon and as it was just down the road it seemed like a good opportunity to experience a small, less well known spot in North London.
It displays small intimate examples of what life was like during different periods of English history over the last 500 years or so. The exhibits shown the range in social class at the time with examples of the furniture as well as general household items that would have been commonly used at the time. Alongside these are interesting cross sections of typical houses for the various social classes and how they generally operated.
During our time there, there was also a surprisingly interesting installation about modern teenagers and their bedrooms and had different items from each one to display which brought back a hint of nostalgia.
The only aspect of the visit that let it down was when we visited the cafe afterwards, the staff didn't seem interested in us as customers or hadn't been trained properly in the service industry with how to interact with customers. Issues such as our table not being cleaned from the previous occupants for 10 minutes and not having anyone to come and take our order for the 15 minutes we were there waiting despite being told twice someone was coming over, even though staff were seemingly stood at the bar doing nothing. There was just no interest from the waiting staff in serving us as customers nor any acknowledgement when we walked out. Which was disappointing as it put a negative final tone on a generally nice experience.

It's still worth a visit, but maybe avoid the cafe.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank AlexR4988
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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

The Geffrye Museum is one of London's most interesting museums. It's dedicated to interiors, and has a wonderful selection of rooms through the ages. It's also got an interesting exhibition of teenagers' bedrooms - analysing what they have in common with each other and what makes them so distinctive. The building is beautiful, and the gardens are fabulous even though it's right by Hoxton overground. The shop is good, there's a cafe, and it's free.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Simonr1295
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