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Sir John Soane's Museum

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Address: 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Holborn, London WC2A 3BP, England
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10:00 - 17:00
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The unusual and unique home of Sir John Soane, eccentric architect of the...

The unusual and unique home of Sir John Soane, eccentric architect of the Bank of England, presents a chimera of colors, unusual perspectives and decorative ornaments drawn from many centuries.

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Fascinating museum!

A treasure house of a museum. The home of architect Sir John Soane (1753-1837) has been preserved as it was when he lived there complete with all the fixtures and fittings... read more

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Spokane, Washington
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3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Strangely, the lighting inside is just dreadful. Candles or small lights on the ground. One table had 3 candles BEHIND something on the table which was about invisible. Its narrow pathways (its a house) prevent much viewing with crowds. We left and went to the Huntarian Museum very nearby instead - which was a much better place.

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A treasure house of a museum. The home of architect Sir John Soane (1753-1837) has been preserved as it was when he lived there complete with all the fixtures and fittings, furniture, works of art, paintings and his library. There is an incredible collection of architectural stone fragments from classical and Egyptian to medieval gothic. There are major paintings by... More 

Thank GlobalTraveller3000
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of my favourite museums in London - particularly because I knew quite little about it beforehand. The collection of items in there is incredible and I love lots of the architectural quirks he designed. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank Jeyda H
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Absolutely brilliant museum/gallery, so many superb artifacts and paintings, so many that a return trip is planned to take it all in. Would recommend it highly.

Thank Smudgemeister2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing and FREE museum near Lincoln Inn fields. Absolutely packed with artwork, sculptures and a lifetimes collection by the look of it. Every room is packed full of wonders, you would need to visit more than once to take it all in. I particularly loved the artwork, and we were lucky enough to hear part of a talk being given... More 

Thank Scarlettangel
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was beautiful,a lovely mish mash if all his word and collection pieces.🎨 It is inspiring and there is no bare wall space, everything has a significance from the statues outside to the use of mirrors and light, which was very unusual... The house is lovely with little surprises everywhere and has been kept the same way since Sir John... More 

Thank Trinity P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in again this visit to say "hello" as this is my favourite London museum. A new, slightly confusing lay out but I know my way around so not such a big deal. A modern statue exhibition was on show - not to my taste but I go for the antiquities.

Thank oggrocks
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading some good reviews about this museum, I went there really excited to see how was it. When I left I was kind of dissapointed because I was expecting to see more, but overall it has some interesting pieces such as paintings, sculptures, Egyptian objects, etc. On the other hand, I found out that there was another museum nearby... More 

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Initially it was hard to take in but the staff were very helpful. It seems that Soanes was inpired by the nature of artistic form and design as revealed by different cultures over time. The highlights for me included the Egyptian sarcophagus of Seti 1st, the Flemish stain glass window panels from 1550 and the Canalettos depicting Venice. Some modern... More 

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It's an interesting mix of art and architecture. The home is preserved as Sir John Soane lived in it. Some really unique pieces of drawings, paintings and sculpture. We did have our son with us and it was a little nerve-wracking with the amount of items located in the space. It can be a little tight in certain areas. I... More 

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