Museum of the Month: Geffrye Museum

There are so many museums in London that sometimes the choice can seem overwhelming.  Of course, there are popular staples like the British Museum and the Natural History Museum, but it would be a pity to miss out on some of the capital’s smaller hidden gems. Which is why here at Strand Palace Hotel, we have chosen to shine a spotlight on the undiscovered treats on the city’s museum circuit.

This month… Geffrye Museum

Background

If you take a look around your living room, you might not immediately think it could have any historical significance. And yet, you’d be wrong; the Geffrye Museum is focused on how we have decorated and lived in our homes for the last 400 years.

This museum was established in 1914. To start with, it was meant to serve those who made their living creating furniture locally, but now it attracts visitors from many different backgrounds. It takes its name from Sir Robert Geffrye, who left the money in his will that was used to construct several almshouses in 1714. They would later become part of the museum.

The collection

The almshouses were once used to house people who had fallen on hard times, but now are home to domestic displays devoted to educating the visitor. At the Restored Almshouse, you’ll see what life would have been like for the poverty-stricken inhabitants. You’ll also see how the bleak living arrangement improved between the 1700s and 1800s in the two rooms that represent these eras.

Head to the Period Rooms for further insights into how we have lived down the centuries. Time travel from a hall in 1630, complete with oak walls and table, to a trendy flat in 1998, featuring fashionable ‘90s furniture. Stop off at the North London drawing room from 1910 to see Art Nouveau in full swing, or rewind to 1790 and appreciate a refined parlour that even features playing cards from the era. Be sure to look at the gardens too, which are also representative of different historical periods.

How to visit

It is free to visit the museum, which is open from Tuesday to Sunday. It is also open on Bank Holiday Mondays. The period gardens are open seasonally, from 28 March to 31 October.

Strand Palace Hotel is just a short trip away from the Geffrye Museum and it is simple to get there. Catch the 243 bus from Lancaster Place, right by our hotel. The journey should take just under 35 minutes. Alternatively, ride the 26 bus from the nearby Aldwych stop to Hoxton.

Are you a museum fan looking for a hotel near the Geffrye Museum? Try staying at Strand Palace Hotel. Not only can you easily reach the Geffrye Museum from here, but you will also be near many of the capital’s other treasures, including the British Museum and the London Transport Museum.

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