Rooms Through Time 1878-2049

23 July 2024 to 23 July 2025 Museum of the Home

A Terraced House in 1978
A Terraced House in 1978

Museum of the Home brings to life seven new period homes reflecting the past, present and the future.

Museum of the Home, a major museum in the East London cultural hotspot of Hoxton, is proud to announce the opening of their new Rooms Through Time: 1878-2049, the culmination of a six-year long journey of research and community co-curation. The newly refurbished gallery will be home to seven new and permanent period rooms. For the first time at the museum, the rooms will welcome visitors to get hands-on in the rooms for an interactive journey into the lives and stories of people who have enriched the fabric of London over the past two centuries. 

As part of Museum of the Home’s commitment to revealing and rethinking how we live in order to live better together, the gallery will introduce a more diverse array of narratives to the Museum’s renowned Rooms Through Time. Each room has been co-curated, using personal stories to speak to universal themes including migration, homemaking, belonging, and more. These narratives are deeply intertwined with the complex histories of migration and identity that have shaped London for generations, and which resonate on a national and global scale.

Visitors can now step inside the spaces, from bedrooms and bathrooms to kitchens and gardens and immerse themselves in each. From the aroma of lokshen soup wafting from the stove in 1913, singing karaoke in 2024, or changing the music on a record player and curling up on the sofa in 1978, guests will be transported through time, encountering objects and fragments of the stories that constitute our shared history.

The Rooms

  • A Townhouse in 1878
  • A Tenement Flat in 1913
  • A Room Upstairs in 1956
  • A Terraced House in 1978
  • A High Rise Flat in 2005, highlighting LGBTQIA++ experiences in the early 2000s
  • A Terraced House in 2024
  • A Converted Flat in 2049: The Innovo Room of the Future

In a new and dynamic projection space, visitors will be immersed in views from windows through time, wandering past building facades and exploring the city through an immersive video installation. The reopening will also bring new family-friendly interactives to the Museum, including a digital journey through the gallery with urban animals – an essential part of London life.

Museum of the Home 136 Kingsland Road London E2 8EA

Free entry | No booking required

Openning Hours:Tuesday to Sunday 10am–5pm (last entry 4pm)

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