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Sir John Soane's Museum

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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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13 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Holborn, London WC2A 3BP, England
+44 20 7405 2107
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Reviewed yesterday

The museum has some helpful and very knowledgable room guides who make the visit to this unusual house really memorable. However the unwelcoming front of house needs improvement, as I now see others have commented. Before even walking up the steps to the building, someone...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

First of all, it would probably be a good idea to read just a little about this museum before visiting, as there are no explanatory panels. Having said that, we found the attendants to be very enthusiastic and knowledgable, and only too keen to impart...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Sir John Sloane’s House is one of the hidden gems of London, an extraordinary house cram pact with 52,000 artefacts. It is not to be missed. Unfortunately I am very critical of those who run the house. There is the ridiculous rigmarole of placing your...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank revtimgoode
Reviewed 3 days ago

3 small London houses from 18th century, lived in by the architect of the Bank of England and filled to the gunwales of his art and historical artefacts. An amazing house cum museum left according to his wishes. Roman Statuary; a sarcophagus of Setti I;...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank maryjanebird
Reviewed 3 days ago

Well worth a visit, and the house is stuffed full of treasures, really too many for it's own good as the house is as Soane left it and if not displayed at it's best. Also, some of the items aren't well looked after and need...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank durham05
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place (three houses in one) is well worth a visit. The contents in the basement of the house are a bit unusual to say the least, and very interesting, and a visit here is a fascinating experience. We will go back again at some...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What could have been a worthwhile visit to a fascinating collection of artefacts in a lesser known London museum turned out to be a big letdown. The Staff member greeting visitors at the gate was abrupt and unfriendly. On entering the museum another member of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Teresa G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Incredible that this was someone’s house-and in central London! Sculpture, architecture, history, paintings heritage and so much more under one roof. This is a must. It’s free, donation required, but also you can pay for guided tours.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Figs_Olives
Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't know what to expect so the experience was a revelation. Sir John Soames was a British architect and collector. You will see a remarkably varied collection, over 45000 objects housed in a unique style. Architectural drawings and models, paintings, sculptures, antiquities and much...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely, but decidedly quirky, museum. The home of John Soane has been frozen in time, and is chock full of architectural “stuff.” Today, they might call him a bit of a hoarder. Back then he was just an architectural collector (and an architect himself)....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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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
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29 January 2017|
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Response from johnnybrighton2015 | Reviewed this property |
There's a cafe in the garden square if the sun is shining.
28 June 2016|
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Response from SJ_Soanes_Museum | Property representative |
Dear Gia, You can book tickets on our website for our highlights tours, or book a private apartments tour in the museum on the day, subject to availability. Entry to the Museum is otherwise unreserved; there is sometimes a... More
7 September 2015|
Response from SJ_Soanes_Museum | Property representative |
Opening times are Wednesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm. We also open on bank holidays.