The Geffrye Museum is now closed to the public for its transformational development project, Unlocking the Geffrye which will greatly improve access and enhance the experience of visitors.
The £18.1m scheme, designed by Wright and Wright Architects, will breathe new life into the museum’s 18th century, Grade 1 listed almshouse buildings by opening up and making much better use of spaces previously unseen by the public in the museum’s 100 year history.
Once completed, 70% of the museum’s buildings will be open to the public, as opposed to 30% now. New spaces will be created within the existing museum, alongside a limited amount of new build, increasing capacity so the museum be able to bring many more collections out of storage, explore the theme of home in a much wider context and welcome up to 170k visitors a year, an increase of 50%.
Although the main museum building and period gardens are now closed for two years, there are still plenty of reasons to come to the Geffrye. Throughout closure a programme of events and activities will take place in the front gardens. The restored almshouse will also be open for tours on certain dates throughout the year. The Geffrye is scheduled to re-open in early 2020.