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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 #56 of 1,119 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Thought I knew most attractions in London but this was recently recommended and what a find! Lovely three house museum crammed with paintings and artefacts built up by the architect of the Bank of England, National Gallery and many other iconic buildings. The museum is retained in itsoriginal style under the terms of the covenant with many unique features such... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We booked a guided tour online. The tour started at 11:30 and was well worth joining. The museum is full of interesting objects and artefacts. The tour brings these to life with an interesting understanding of the Soane's family and buildings. The guide too was excellent. Highly recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is a lovely museum, free to enter, that is housed in what was Sir John Soane's house in Lincoln's Inn Fields. It's full of fascinating things, an eclectic mix of statues, paintings (including Canaletto & Turner), and a fabulous calcite Egyptian sarcophagus. Quite small but well worth a visit, though not really sensible to take small children, as it's... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This museum allows you to time travel. Soane was an eccentric. An architect. A teacher. A well-read man.The museum is chock full of architectural details, all hanging in a precise, but hodge podge fashion. Soane's architectural models are a delight. The lighting in the place leaves much to be desired, but the museum is truly a step back in time.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This museum was very interesting and had many different items. Enjoyed all the variety especially the picture room and the crypt area. There is some restoration going on so some of the areas were unavailable but it is still worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Having lived in Central London all my life, this was one place I had never got round to visiting. It is not a run of the mill museum - the guides and guide book will explain why it is how it is, and that is a large part of its charm and interest. Not suitable for children, or others who... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Brilliant little place. I just wandered at my own pace and took the house in. There is so much to see. Every wall is covered in treasures, paintings and sculptures. There is definitely nothing like it in London. My only qualm was that the museum was under renovation which meant that a whole floor was unavailable for viewing. However it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Be sure to see the paintings room. The docent is very helpful in describing these gorgeous paintings and just when we thought we had seen everything, the docent opened more walls to show us more wonderful paintings. Not to be missed.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

When a friend told me about this museum I just had to go and see it and having 40 mins to spare before it closed turned up only to be a little surprised to find a queue, though it moved fairly quickly. Last admission is 4.30 but half an hour is enough to appreciate this strange place. Unlike other reviewers... More

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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lerondini, Public Relations Manager at Sir John Soane's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of the Museum. I am very sorry that you experienced a less than cordial impression from any member of our warding staff. We are currently reviewing procedures to improve our staff interaction with the public and it will be addressed. If you would like to write to me... More

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