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Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Holborn, London WC2A 3BP, England
44-20-7405-2107
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Ranked #52 of 1,100 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This museum is well worth visiting for the insight it gives into its creator, the English architect John Soane (1753-1837), whose home it was. Among the myriad of things Soane collected -- classical antiquities, architectural models, paintings and drawings -- are Hogarth's original paintings for the series "A Rake's Progress" from which the prints of the same name were prepared:... More

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St albans
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We thoroughly recommend booking a tour online before turning up. There are a very limited number of places. We did this and we had an inspiring tour from a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. She pointed out so many items which we would have missed if going around on our own. The description of the Hogarth cartoons was brilliant and... More

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London
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Soane is an unforgettable place in a variety of ways. Firstly, the exterior of the House from around 1800 has a timeless quality and some of the Soane furniture looks as though it came from 1930. Secondly, the house was built as a home to his family and his collection of paintings and antiquities, both of which are outstanding.... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

My fiancé had been here before, and had told me about it so many times we decided to go together. It's such a fascinating place, if a little crowded at times. The staff are very welcoming and knowledgable. The museum is free to visit, but we left a donation. It's just a shame that, due to refurbishment, we couldn't see... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

What is special about this place is you are walking around someone's home rather than a formal museum. And WHAT a home it is. It's like Indiana Jones' Dad retired in London. A fantasy place with a crypt with Egyptian oddities, a Monk's parlour, and a concealed picture gallery. Whenever you go it will be busy and walkways are often... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

I visited the Soane back in 2011 and three years later I'm still constantly dreaming of going back. For any history lover, this museum is a dream come true. You truly get the chance to walk through the past. I visited many "home" museums while in London, but there's just something so authentic and beautiful about John Soane's house. Can't... More

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Rhyl, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Visited it yesterday after travelling 250 miles to see it and WOW, I was absolutely awe inspired and it's free to get in, although I did make a donation without hesitation. I was there early, as advised and a pleasant guy was managing the small crowd waiting outside. Within minutes I was ushered inside where another friendly person took my... More

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Nottingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

When you arrive at the museum you wonder what exactly you will see. Its in a terraced property in a smart area in London. Do not let the exterior fool you, inside its a cross between the Tardis and an Aladins cafe, brilliant. There is so much to see, well worth a visit. There is no entry charge but you... More

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South Normanton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Sir John Soane museum was a terrific find, ( thanks to my sister for recommending it) tucked away on Lincolnshire Inn Fields, with free entry, a very short queue to get in and although our visit was at a time when extensive renovations were being carried out it was still worthwhile. Picture galley room with some stunning pieces including... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Soane Museum is an odd collection with no particular theme by one of the 19th century rags to riches eccentrics who designed some significant places in London. On this, my fourth visit over the years, the museum is less dark and foreboding than previous visits. The main reason many people come to visit is the collection of art, mainly... More

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