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Entry is free. There is no need to book.

Please be aware that busy times, especially at weekends, you may have to wait a short while to get in.

Our busiest times are on Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 2pm. If you're waiting, do take the chance to grab a coffee and cake at our cafe, or enjoy our glorious gardens.

Open Tuesday – Sunday and bank holidays, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Opening Times

Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm). We are also open on Bank Holidays, including bank holiday Mondays and bank holidays.

A brick building with orange lettering that reads 'Museum of the Home'

Free entry

We are free to visit. We are also a charity. If you would like to support our work you may do so by making a donation when you visit, just tap your debit or credit card on any of the terminals we have across the site.

We welcome group bookings: Here's some information about group bookings

Staying safe

We encourage you to protect yourselves and our staff. And there are some things we ask of you to help us keep everyone safe.

Staying safe during your visit

Opening hours

Tuesday – Sunday and bank holidays
10am–5pm (last entry 4pm)

Visiting at quieter times

If you can, please try to visit us Tuesday to Friday, when it is quieter. Our busiest times are weekends, between 11am and 3pm.

Getting here

The Museum entrance is opposite Hoxton Station (London Overground), on Geffrye Street.

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More information for your visit

Full opening hours

Museum galleries

Tuesday – Sunday and bank holidays
10am–5pm (last entry 4pm)

Gardens Through Time

Open all year round
Tuesday – Sunday
10am–4.30pm 

About the Gardens Through Time

Kingsland Road Gardens

Monday – Sunday and bank holidays
10am–5pm 

Shop

Tuesday – Sunday
10am–5pm

Molly's Café

Molly's serves tea, coffee and cakes 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays.

Collections library

The library is open Tuesday to Friday, booking is essential.

About the Collections library

Visit Duration

How long will my visit be?

Entry to the Museum is free. You can come once, or make repeat visits Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm).

Each visitor decides how long their visit will last and where they might wish to linger. 

We recommend allowing at least one hour for your visit.

The Home galleries are a great introduction to ideas of home and present rich and varied perspectives on what home means to the many communities and people who call London their home city. Our gardens explore urban gardening through the ages and mirror the development of our rooms through time displays on the ground floor.

You can make a donation when visiting by touching your credit or debit card against any of the terminals across the site and at the welcome desk. Your donations make a real difference and we really appreciate them.

Events and exhibitions

Some events and exhibitions may be charged.

Accessibility and Facilities

Lockers and umbrellas

We have free lockers and a small number of larger lockers for buggies off the reception area.

Please leave your wet umbrellas in the bins by the lockers.

Free wifi

Free wifi is available for all visitors to the Museum.

Please connect to Home_Guest, you don't need a password.

Digital guide

Digital guides are available to hire for £5.25 at the information desk. Either pick up a physical guide or scan the QR code to access from your own device.

Prams and buggies

The Museum is accessible for prams and buggies. There are some larger lockers at the reception area for buggies and a buggy park (not locked) at the far end of the Home Galleries.

Baby changing

There are baby changing facilities in each of the accessible toilets across the Museum (there are four of these).

Baby feeding

Parents and guardians are welcome to breastfeed or bottle-feed anywhere on the Museum's grounds.

The Reading Lounge offers comfortable seating and the Garden Reading Room is a little off the main route and is often much quieter. 

Accessible parking

Blue Badge holders may park in bays on Kingsland Road (up to 3 hours, 10am–4pm). The bays are alongside the central Museum gates. There is ramped access into the gardens from the north and south gates.

Accessible toilets

There are four accessible toilets, two are on the lower ground floor and two on the ground floor.

Gender-neutral toilets

There are gender-neutral toilets at the far end of the Home Galleries.

Single-sex toilets

There are single-sex toilets off the reception area.

Guide, assistance and companion animals

Guide, assistant and companion animals – including assistant dogs in training – are welcome at the Museum, as long as they're working and are wearing their tabards/harness.

Lifts and ramps

The main entrance is opposite Hoxton Station (on Geffrye Street), it is accessible via ramp and steps.

The entrance on the Kingsland Road side is accessible via ramp and the north and south gates (from the pavement to the Kingsland Road gardens) are ramped.

There are lifts at both ends of the almshouse building.

Seating

There are backless benches in the reception area and galleries. There are sofas in the Reading Lounge. We have some lightweight folding stools for visitors to borrow, located at either end of the galleries on both floors.

Subtitles and BSL

Shelf Life in the Home Galleries has subtitles and BSL interpretation.

Large print copies of the script for Waiting for Myself to Appear and Mollspeak are available in Almshouse 14 and the Undercroft.

All other films have subtitles.

Induction loops

We have induction loops at the Information Desk, in the Learning Pavilion, Studio and Collections Library. Also in the Georgian Room and Art Rooms.

Large print guides

There are large print guides at the entrance of every gallery space. 

Lighting

Some temporary exhibitions may include flashing lights that could trigger photosensitive migraine or epilepsy. Signage is in place to warn you before entering any spaces with flashing lights. An alternative route will be made available where possible.

 

Travelling to the Museum

We encourage visitors to walk, cycle or use public transport to the Museum.

Please check tfl.gov.uk for closures on the Overground, particularly at weekends.

By public transport

Overground we are opposite Hoxton Station (zones 1+2) with step-free access

Underground and Rail Liverpool Street and Old Street are nearby

Buses 149, 242, 243, 394 stop on Kingsland Road

By bike

We have 8 bike racks in the Kingsland Road Gardens and there are Santander Cycle docking stations at Falkirk Street and Geffrye Street. We don't allow folding bikes inside.

By car

Parking locally is very limited. Blue Badge holders may park in bays on Kingsland Road (up to 3 hours, 10am–4pm). The bays are alongside the central Museum gates. There is ramped access into the gardens from the north and south gates.

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Arriving and leaving the Museum

Entrance/Exit opposite Hoxton Station

The main entrance/exit is opposite Hoxton Station, on Geffrye Street where there is stepped and ramped access.

Entrance/Exit on Kingsland Road

The Kingsland Road entrance/exit is ramped. There is ramped access from the pavement into the Kingsland Road Gardens from the north and south gates. 

Staying safe

We are doing everything we can to help keep our visitors and staff safe.

Masks / face coverings

We encourage you to still wear a mask or face covering inside the Museum, unless you are exempt.

Our staff and volunteers wear masks or face coverings unless they are exempt. If you see a staff member wearing a mask-exempt badge please give them more space.

Hand sanitiser and cleaning

There is hand sanitiser available throughout the Museum. Please feel free to wash or sanitise your hands regularly.

We thoroughly clean once a day and staff regularly wipe down high touch points such as door handles.

Moving through the Museum

We are operating a one-way route through the Museum, which is easy to follow. Please follow signage.

Please respect other visitors and our staff by keeping your distance throughout your visit.

Transactions

We prefer contactless and card payments. We can accept cash if you cannot pay by card or contactless. 

If you feel unwell

Please do not visit if you feel unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms.

Visitor guidelines

Animals

We do not allow animals into the gardens or Museum buildings, unless they are registered guide, assistant and companion animals and are wearing their tabards/harness. Please bring the relevant identification book with you.

Smoking and vaping

The gardens and galleries are no smoking and vaping.

Photography

You may use a camera or phone to take photographs, please do not use flash, tripods or extra lighting. Selfie sticks are allowed.

If you share your photos, don't forget to tag us @MuseumOfTheHome on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and use the #MuseumOfTheHome hashtag.

For any commercial photography or filming

Consideration for others

Please consider other visitors when using your phone in the galleries and gardens. Please observe social distancing during your visit and respect other visitors who are not wearing a mask or face covering because of their exemption.

Staff security

We do not tolerate any verbal or physical abuse of our staff or visitors.

Unaccompanied children

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult inside the Museum and in the Museum grounds. The Museum reserves the right to refuse admittance to any unaccompanied child under the age of 12.

Looking after our gardens

Help us protect our gardens so that everyone can enjoy them

  • ball games and sports are not allowed in the gardens
  • picking or pruning is not allowed
  • use the paths and avoid walking over planted areas
  • bicycles, tricycles, roller skates, skateboards, micro-scooters, balance bikes and other vehicles (except powered wheelchairs) must be left at the gates, or secured at the cycle racks. Items are left at your own risk.
  • drones and other remotely controlled aircraft are not allowed
  • please don't bring radios, music players and musical instruments into the gardens

No commercial activities may be undertaken in the gardens except as part of the Museum's authorised events

Eating and drinking

Please do not consume food or drink in the Museum or the Gardens Through Time.

Picnics

You are welcome to picnic in the Kingsland Road Gardens, please take your rubbish home with you or use the bins we provide.

Please check our full opening hours for any planned closures.

Lunch room

We have a lunch room at the north end of the galleries (just before Rooms Through Time begin).

Molly's Café

Molly's Café offers tea, coffee and cakes for Museum visitors. Molly's is open 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays.

Child-friendly eating

We welcome families with young children at Molly's Café, where we have high chairs which are cleaned between uses.

"It's so exciting to be welcoming visitors, old and new, to explore the Museum of the Home and to celebrate this new chapter in the Museum's history." Sonia Solicari, Director

Plan your visit

View of collections library with bookcases and windows showing the Kingsland Road Gardens

Explore the Collections Library

Our new Collections Library offers unrivalled access to the Museum's collection. It is a space for academic researchers, students and curious visitors.

Collections library
Mini Explorer Bag

Fun activities for children

Eager explorers can expect a fun filled day out! There is lots for children to see and do at the Museum.

Family visits
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Treat yourself at Molly's Café

Molly's currently offers tea, coffee and cakes. We are planning changes to the menu at Molly's and will update this page with details soon.

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Gifts in the Museum shop

Our range includes bespoke homewares, books, craft items, jewellery, toys, ceramics, fashion, accessories and textiles. Open 10am–5pm.

Shop online

Support the Museum

With your help we can use our collections and programmes to reveal and rethink the ways we live, in order to live better together.

Donate now

 

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