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Sir John Soane's Museum

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Address: 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Holborn, London WC2A 3BP, England
Phone Number: 44-20-7405-2107
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Description: 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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Quirky museum with a difference

Located in Holborn area of central London, adjacent to Lincoln's Inn Fields is this quirky museum. Free to enter but worth buying the guide book, it's the personal collection of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Located in Holborn area of central London, adjacent to Lincoln's Inn Fields is this quirky museum. Free to enter but worth buying the guide book, it's the personal collection of architect Sir John Soane. The buildings are filled with the oddest collection of art, architectural pieces, and objets d'art, from antiquity to the end of the 18th century. Well worth... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A friend advised me to go and visit this quirky museum/house. What a great place to visit and see how someone believed in collecting various bits from around the world and placing them in his home. A "limestone sarcophagus"!! William Hogarth's - a series of 5 paintings. A Rakes Progress. What a fantastic experience for free. Get off at Holborn... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I'll admit I hadn't heard of this museum until it was recommended by a friend, and I'm glad I visited it. It's a proper old-fashioned museum - not a museum of anything in particular, more a wonderful, exciting, eclectic museum of all the things one man collected during his fascinating life. Browse, wander, marvel, and most of all enjoy all... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I am sure I would give this attraction a much higher rating if we'd done our homework first. The museum is Soane's former residence, and in their efforts to preserve it as much as possible, they've provided minimal interpretation and wayfaring for visitors. The interior is dimly lit and there is not much signage. My spouse and I are pretty... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Was looking to fill in an hour before a west end afternoon show and came across this unusual quirky somewhat odd collection of artworks in a truly strange house I'm afraid I am yet to do any research on the man but it appears he was an collector of architectural pieces of his time as well as historical pieces Museum... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Sir John Soane left us an exceptional collection of art and artifacts from his many years of collecting. The Hogarths are a gem. The sarcophagus is a surprise until you hear more about the man. He was quite an interesting man and extremely talented as an architect. It is almost impossible to take in all of the contents in one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Quirky and different museum that's central. Make sure you get a tour to help bring the whole house to life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

What a weird but interesting place! The staff were really well informed if you ask questions but didn't bother you if you don't. The picture room was the best part with the paintings by Hogarth the highlight for me. Do ask for the panels to be moved to reveal the paintings behind. I would like to see it again when... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a free museum, located in a family home at Lincolns Inn fields. It is jam packed with valuable paintings and classical antiquities, all on top of one another. It is staffed by knowledgeable staff who really care about the possessions. But at the end of the day, it felt to me like a lot of old stuff -... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The museum is nice, very small but quite interesting both for the architecture of the house and the various items stored there (a mummy sarcophagus!) and best of all it is free. I was not very happy with the lady at the door. She wasn't impolite or anything but her manners were quite brusque and didn't made me feel welcome... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. I am so sorry that you felt that the lady on the gate was brusque. If you were able to drop me a note to say the day that you visited, I will be certain to speak with her and ask her to improve. Do call me on 0207... More 

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Address: 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Holborn, London WC2A 3BP, England
Phone Number: 44-20-7405-2107
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Holborn
Open Hours:
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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