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Sir John Soane's Museum
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Ranked #118 of 1,871 things to do in London
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Haven’t been to this museum for years, but can thoroughly recommend it if you are interested in classical art. The museum has a really interesting collection of architectural artefacts and some really fascinating Hogarth paintings. Not big, but a good hour or so visit.

We cannot understand why they don’t charge for entry. Dropped a point as the ban on photography seems a little mean as providing flash not used, would not hurt a jot. Perhaps they could charge for a photography pass?

There is no information about the exhibits so don’t expect to be educated. Just take in the atmosphere and enjoy.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's been awhile since I've been to the John Soane museum but it retains all its very unique allure. A particular asset is the ban on photography which ensures the place isn't robbed of its spirituality.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there on the recommendation of our tour director. We had not heard of him. The museum is housed in a trio of townhouses and you wind your way through looking at the Sir John's extensive and eclectic collection of antiquities. We did purchase a small guide book but the people stationed in the various rooms were the best source of information for the collection.

1  Thank LGAretired
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sir John Soane was an architect who amassed his collection between the 1780s and his death in 1837. The house, collections, personal effects and library are open to the public (at no admission charge) and it's a truly fascinating visit. The rooms are filled with works of art and antiquities, architectural drawings, historical volumes, historical architectural models as well as important examples of furniture and decorative arts. It's all crammed together in the house and there is not much space to move around. Given the limited space, entry is controlled and there could be a wait to enter the house, so plan accordingly and try to go early. There is no specific route through the house so the best way to view it is to wander around stopping whenever something catches your eye. There is beauty and fascination everywhere you look. According to the museum's website, there are "over 6,000 works of art and antiquities" and "over 700 Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities". Wow!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walking up to the entrance you are greeted by people, asking the ladies to store their purses inside a plastic bag. Very pleasant greeters inside, relating how this museum came to be, there are volunteers throughout, also explaining anything you are interested in. This museum has a large collection of Hogarth paintings, which are absolutely delightful..Kind of like political cartoons of the day. The museum is stocked full and things are very "tight" in going from room to room and then through the rooms; but you will see wonderful items...from Egypt, to wherever. The whole museum could be used in a quick tour, however, to really properly see things and talk to curators, you could easily spend a day. Not sure this is a place to bring young children due to the tightness of exhibits.

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