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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 #43 of 1,085 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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Anchorage, Alaska
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We visited on the afternoon of our arrival day. Walked from our hotel after checking in. Enjoyed the walk but had a hard time locating this free ( donation box available ) museum. We even asked a couple people walking their dogs in the park (which turned out to be in front of the museum) and they didn't know! But,... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The museum had some interesting stuff like mummies, models and Roman pillars. The main problem for our family is that the items are fragile so the kids couldn't touch and were worried about breaking stuff.

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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a free museum where you see the house and collection of Sir john Soane as he left it. It is full of architectural curios, (thank goodness I don't do the dusting.) Make sure you visit the picture room and wait until the attendant shows you how the walls move to show more and more paintings. They are renovating... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We visited this museum on Tuesday 15th July. I had researched the museum on line but had not read the previous review on Trip Advisor until this evening - I wish I had. This museum is indeed a 'little gem' and should be on everyones list when visiting the capital. However, you really need to be prepared for totally unhelpful,... More

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Mill Creek, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We love our free (pay as you wish) fee museums and this was a quirky must see. There may be a queue which I can appreciate since it regulates how many people are in the house at once. Enter and begin to view his collection of over 7000 books. Meander through the halls and explore each room and don’t forget... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is basically a house where the owner collected precious antiques. I particularly liked the sarcophagus and some egyptian, roman and Etruscan art. There is a lovely garden around the corner in Lincoln field that is worth a look.

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This museum used to be private house of an famous architecture Sir John Soane. The house Is full of staff aka antique, art, reliefs, books, coins and interesting furniture and beatiful paintings in the ceiling. I recommend this place to everyone who is interested in architecture, art and history. There is no fee, but 5£ donations is strongly recommended. Prepare... More

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Berkeley, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This place is right out of an HP Lovecraft story. One of England's great architects, Sir John Soane (1753-1837), collects artifacts from around the world, decorates every wall, ceiling and floor of his home with them and opens his doors to the public. He turns the wine cellar into a Roman burial crypt, complete with an Egyptian sarcophagus. And in... More

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England
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96 reviews 96 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I wish I'd seen this place years ago! Words can't describe it, so for once I'm a bit stuck!! Imagine if you will, a Sherlock Holmes kind of house with all sorts of amazing artefacts in it. The room with the paintings in is by far the show stopper! Two Canaletto are the obvious initial interest for us having just... More

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surfinginflorida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This museum was a little difficult to find and we probably would have missed it had it not been for the line to get in. The museum is small but a very interesting collection. I almost spent as much time wondering about the collector and his interests as I did admiring the pieces! Walk through slowly – there is art... More

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