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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 #54 of 1,134 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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NJ
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

if you can wait to visit after the current renovation completes (~march '15, according to a docent), there would be much more exhibit space & natural light to see the interesting interiors and unique and jam-packed collection. No audio guide, there are laminated info cards in each room. Entry to the museum is limited by capacity, and there is usually... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Gives a good glimpse of the lifestyle of those days. Preserved nicely and a lot of collectibles in the small museum. Well organised tour, with restricted number of people allowed at a time makes it a pleasant experience.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The House of Sir John Soane is, at first sight, a typical georgian family town house: with its conservative façade, its dense and bold drawing room, the narrow yet luminous stairway. Its in the back rooms that the delight waits for you - a sequence of spaces built to guard a precious collection of sculptures, paintings, architecture models and tombs.... More

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Colorado
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Quirky, eclectic museum. Well worth an hour or two. We relied on the guidebook for background pertaining to items in various rooms. Each one was a surprise for its statuary or sculptures or architectural models or displays of difficult to categorize items. The museum is small, confined, with stairs and a veritable maze of rooms -- many of them too... More

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Lovely small museum. To get in is daunting. It is small, so you are quizzed in the street. It is well worth a visit.

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Switzerland
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113 reviews 113 reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This is a small museum, which restricts how many people can enter at any one time. In true British style, it is crammed with artefacts stolen from all around the world, especially from ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Many of these are arranged in tall but narrow, top-lit rooms, giving what was a private home a strangely claustrophobic atmosphere.... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

An eclectic collection of relics, paintings and architectural elements. Free admission, and entrance is controlled at the door to make sure that it doesn't get overcrowded. One of the docents gave an excellent commentary on the room with Hogarth's A Rake's Progress. The museum is encrusted with fascinating objects.

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We read about this in the NY Times and did not take the guided tour. At first it seems like a collection of architectural brick-a-brack all arranged in a hodge-podge fashion. But it is a kind of school in architecture for those students who could not make the Grand Tour of Europe. Stop and study the Mr. Soane's use of... More

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Cambridge England
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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

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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