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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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London Walking Tour of the British Museum and...
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Ranked #54 of 1,153 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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.
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Recommended by my brother but with no information we really stumbled into the place with no preconceptions but wow!! The museum is an absolute delight, a warren of wonderfulness!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

This small compact museum is a hidden treasure in the heart of Lincoln's Inn Fields. Sir John was a brilliant architect who designed, amongst others, the Bank of England. Having worked around Fleet Street for 35 years I kept meaning to visit. Why had I waited so long - a hidden gem to be sure.

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Kingstown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

One the first Tuesday of every month the SJSM is open from 5.30pm with the interiors largely candle lit ( not everywhere however - doubtless another Health & Safety regulation ) and with other lights dimmed. You wont be able to read the captions on most of the art works, and there are not many captions anyway, but that's not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

One of London's hidden gems, Sir John Soane's is the most extraordinary museum of a house I've ever been in. Mystery, secrecy, enchantment, unexpected nooks, crannies, corridors - and that's just the internal architecture. His art collection is fascinating: sculpture, furniture, other artefacts - and paintings, including Hogarth's "The Rake's Progress". If you can do the guided tour you get... More

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Sussex, England
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172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The most extraordinary space, which deserves to be better known - such a wonderful variety of things and an insight into the mind of the collector. this time there was a great exhibition of portrait prints too.

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Melbourne
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Sir John Soane was a famous architect, who amongst other things designed the building for the first Bank of England in the City of London (since demolished to make way for the current larger building). He was also a professor of architecture and used his house and library as a resource for his students. The museum has been carefully preserved... More

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

keep an eye out or an ear in the latest film with Timothy Spall 'Turner' Sir John Soane is mentioned, this amazing museum is packed full of everything and anything right down to Seti I sarcophagus a fantastic place to visit and free entry as well, please go buy from the ship or donate to this brilliant attraction

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Have been here few times with family and friends, last visit was spring of this year. This museum is a must for people, that are looking for something different. It´s narrow, squeezy walkways are taking you to different times and showing you new and new secrets - whenever I visited, I discovered something new, that I didn´t notice before. This... More

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Oslo, Norway
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

How many small rooms, alcoves, nooks, crannies and crypts can one house hold? I lost count wandering up and down stairs in the dim and dark of this labyrintine one-time home of Sr John Soane. Stuffed everywhere, bits and pieces of this and that, then suddenly it opened up into an ordinary living room, inclusive of furniture of Sir John's... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This museum-home is actually three homes connected to each other. Sir John was a famous architect; he creatively uses space and light to create comfortable living and working conditions. Worth the visit, especially if you book the guided tour which has limited numbers so it feels private. There is an outstanding art collection that is presented in unique ways..behind wooden... More

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