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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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+44 20 7405 2107
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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I am staggered by the number of Londoners that don't even know about this stunning little piece of history. A collection of stunning pieces collected from all over the world. The... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am staggered by the number of Londoners that don't even know about this stunning little piece of history. A collection of stunning pieces collected from all over the world. The Art collections folded into the walls, the sculptures hidden in little nooks wrapped around the stairs. This little building feels like a well loved home of beloved things. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was such a great way to spend a morning in London. This museum is the house of Sir John Soane's who was an architect in nineteenth century London. There are so many interesting things to look at in this house and I could have spent much longer in it. My absolute favorite room was the picture gallery, and I... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Recommended by a radio programme and we decided to investigate....so glad we did. An amazing museum if you have an interest in interiors. We will definitely be returning, as so much to take in. Thinking of do the candlelit tour soon. Really recommend it.

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Evanston, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoy architecture and its history, but I didn't enjoy this museum as much as I had hoped. It lacked a narrative - captions next to items, for example - to tell the story behind Soanes and his collection of artifacts.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is no way to see all there is to see at Sir John Soane's home/ museum. There are collections, knock-knacks, stuff and things to gaze at EVERYWHERE, but so organized and presented that it makes for. A great tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Those interested in ninetieth century London would enjoy a walk through the Sir John Soames house. An important architect of the time, Soames was a bit of a pack rat, collecting antiques, including a sarcophagus, which can be seen along with his kitchen and living rooms. The pinnacle of the visit was his art gallery room. In addition to the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stumbled upon this museum when at Lincoln's Inn and popped it and am glad I did. I'll admit I had not heard of Sir John Sloane so it was interesting to find out about him and his interesting collection of artefacts from around the world. It's a great little museum

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a truly unique and fascinating place. Once the home of a well-regarded architect, it has been preserved exactly as it was left, with traditional original furnishings and quirky ancient artifacts. The book collection alone is astonishing. It's quite small but plenty to see. Plan to spend 45mins to 1.5 hours. Don't spoil it by reading too much, just... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing museum comprised of Sir John Soane's three townhouses. He collected treasures from all over the world to give his architecture students a chance to see what they couldn't afford to travel to. There is a gem around every corner and its small size (compared to the British Museum et al) make it easily accessible but just as informative about... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hadn't read anything about the museum, just walked past with family exploring Lincolns Inn. As it's free entry persuaded the kids we could take a very quick look, so glad we did. One of the most atmospheric museums /houses I have visited in London. Great staff, real characters, knowledgeable and good with the kids. Really worth a visit.

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Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
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