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Founded in 1914, the Geffrye Museum provides a fascinating insight into the history of the English domestic interior, from 1600 to the present day. Walking through a series of eleven period rooms, the visitor moves from past to present through four centuries of style and design.
It's best to time your visit with a tour of the recently restored 18th century almshouse. This is held just a few times a month and costs £2.50 (see website for dates). Each tour takes a maximum of 16 or so visitors as the house is very small.
You'll learn about the history of almshouses and how the London poor and elderly lived. One room is decorated in the style of the 1780s and the other the 1880s, to illustrate the social changes over a century.
Best of all are the Herb Garden and sequence of period gardens behind the museum, a veritable oasis of peace and calm.
Opening hours: free entry
Bank Holiday Mondays 12.00-17.00
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