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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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What a pack rat this guy was, picking up this and that and the other thing, and cramming it all into his little house. And the stuff he picked up is incredible, fascinating, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

What a pack rat this guy was, picking up this and that and the other thing, and cramming it all into his little house. And the stuff he picked up is incredible, fascinating, and awesome. Enjoy! and bring the kids!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This is a MUST place to visit! It is free, but donations do help it to continue and get better! Sir John Soanes - architect was a real eccentric and left his house and possessions in perpetuity so that we, could learn and observe with awe some amazing things. The picture room is stunning - blows me away every time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful museum, it has something for everyone. It is eccentric and offers good insight into our history set in two beautiful early Georgian houses. We love it and visit frequently.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Great collection of artifacts from around the world, collected and organised by Sir John Soane. Free to visit and in a great area of London within Lincoln Inn Fields. Has a great collection of paintings, particularly Hogarths' A Rakes Progress.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

the unusual architecture is one thing, we got ideas for interior decorating in our home - and then there are the objects brought from Sir John's travels, and splendid paintings (Hogarths on panels in layers) - they now have catered room for events (we had to persuade them years ago) - but it is the most splendid unknown place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

everyone shold visit this small house - museum, it is interesting and quality. Not to be regretted. Spend a couple of hours here and walk right Down.

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Perth, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Who knew that such an amazing, eccentric place existed!? Go, walk through and be blown away with what this man collected and designed three houses around., including an Egyptian sarcophagus and Hogarth's paintings The Rakes Progress!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I love this museum it's off the general run of tourist museums and loads of people haven't even heard of it. The place is a maze and it's packed full of the weird and wonderful, very much a personal collection, children love it. I love the mad variety of the collection and that's it's in a house. I like it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Actually, it is three houses joined together, all created by Sir John Soane, who was a notable architect. At the heart of it is the extraordinary collection of objects he collected during his lifetime and used for inspiration and as teaching aids. These include paintings by Canaletto, Hogarth and Turner, ancient Greek vases, the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti 1 and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We arrived in London in the late afternoon and we wanted to see a museum quickly before closing time. We popped into this one which was near our hotel, and we are very glad that we did. It's a lovely house packed with a variety of wonders with Greek, Egyptian, Italian art, some architectural exhibits, as well as some of... More 

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Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
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