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12 July 2009

Explore the Geffrye Museum

Hoxton's Geffrye Museum is situated in a set of Grade I listed almshouses, built in 1714 at the bequest of Sir Robert Geffrye, a former Lord Mayor of London. The Museum exhibits a series of domestic interiors from different periods between 1600 and the present, and uses these to show trends in furniture, textiles, paintings and decorative arts.

Admittedly, for your author this set of rooms is only mildly engaging, but the almshouses themselves, the gardens at the rear, and the pleasant little restaurant/cafe make the museum worthy of a visit if you are in the area and have time to kill.

The museum is free and is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 5pm, and noon - 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. It is closed on Mondays. There is also a restored 18th Century almshouse which is open occasionally for £2.

For more information on all aspects of the museum, visit http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/.

Click here to see the location on a map.

^Picture from Flickr courtesy of bortescristian^

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