Visit the Museum of the Home in Hackney and explore the changing shape of domestic interiors from 1600 to the present day. Formerly called the Geffrye Museum, the Museum of the Home charts how families, fashions and inventions have all evolved over the past 400 years in Britain.
What is there to see at the Museum of the Home?
The Museum of the Home reopened in 2021 following a multimillion-pound refurbishment and extension.
Highlights of the museum now include the Home Galleries. Head down to the lower ground floor to see exhibitions exploring the meaning of ‘home’. Here, you’ll find treasured ornaments, furniture and photos of unusual places to call home.
Don’t miss also delving into the Rooms through Time galleries. Also recently refreshed, the displays are based on real London homes and show how interior decoration and living spaces have kept up with changing fashions and demands. Move from a 1630s hall to a 1990s loft conversion.
And head outside to explore the Gardens Through Time. These seasonal displays show how our gardens have evolved as much as the insides of our homes. Discover the Tudor Knot Garden, wander the Herb Garden and enjoy the classic Cottage Garden.
How long does it take to go around the Museum of the Home?
The Museum of the Home is one of London’s smaller museums. But there’s plenty to see and many activities to try out, including visiting the gardens. Spend a morning (or afternoon) here and factor in a trip to Molly’s Café for a homecooked meal after looking at the galleries.
There’s also the museum’s gift shop to explore, which sells homeware, books and craft items with an emphasis on local and sustainable suppliers.
Is it free to visit the Museum of the Home?
The Museum of the Home is free to visit. It is best to book a timed ticket in advance online.
Tickets are available on the door, but you may have to wait to go in if the museum is busy.
Can I eat at the Museum of the Home?
Molly’s Café is in the grounds of the Musem of the Home. They open at 9am on Tuesday – Sunday and serve a variety of hot drinks, snacks and hearty, homecooked-style meals.
Where is the Museum of the Home?
The Museum of the Home is in Hackney, east London.
How do I get to the Museum of the Home?
The nearest Overground station to the Museum of the Home is Hoxton, which is a one-minute walk away.
Several bus routes stop on Kingsland Road, close to the museum.
There are Santander Cycles docking stations on Falkirk Street and Geffrye Street.
There are 8 bike racks in Kingsland Road Gardens.