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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 #55 of 1,108 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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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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12 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
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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30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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

St albans
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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lerondini, Guest 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 and to give such a glowing report of the guided tour. I am very sorry that you met a member of staff who did not know the on-line booking system or was very interested and I am putting in place systems to ensure that all... More

London
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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