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Geffrye Museum, London

Geffrye Museum by Barbara Ballard The museum shows the changing style of the English domestic interior in a series of middle class period rooms from 1600 to the present day. The rooms are displayed complete with furniture, textiles, paintings, and decorative objects. The display is presented down a long hall in former 18th century almshouses, thus leading you on a timeline from the oak furniture and panelling of the 17th century through a late 20th century living space in a converted warehouse.

Of particular interest is the theme of ‘chairs’ showing the changes through the centuries. Modern reproductions allow the visitor to experience the different comfort levels of representative chairs.

A contemporary wing houses changing exhibitions and a restaurant. A walled herb garden and period gardens add to the historic atmosphere. A study library and furniture trade archive are available.
The museum is of particular interest to those in the field of decorative arts, furniture, designers, and historic research.

Visitor Information

Geffrye Museum
136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch
Getting there: Take the underground to the Liverpool tube station, then catch bus #149 or 242 (in front of the station), both of which pass the museum (ask the driver to stop), the same bus numbers take you back to the Liverpool station underground.
Tel. 020 7739 9893
Open: year round, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm
Web: Geffrye Museum

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