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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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A very different museum!

What an unusual museum! It is packed full of objects 'pillaged' from Rome, Greece and other parts of the classical world. Eclectic, the rooms are often packed with parts of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

What an unusual museum! It is packed full of objects 'pillaged' from Rome, Greece and other parts of the classical world. Eclectic, the rooms are often packed with parts of pillars or busts! The painting room is amazing! Hogarths and Caravaggio adorn the walls and fold out panels. The guide in this room was excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Being fascinated by Georgian history I have always wanted to visit this museum, more to get the feel of how a Georgian home feels than to see the antiquities. I'll be honest, Egyptian and Ancient Roman artefacts leave me cold and there are a LOT of these here, which I wandered past without paying much attention. My main focus were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Take your time and really look at the million and one items crammed into this oddball genius' house. The nooks and crannies contain purloined pieces of classical buildings from Greece and Rome that provided inspiration for this renowned London architect. Visit the picture gallery between tour groups and ask the extremely knowledgeable docent to explain the excellent collection and particularly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This museum is three houses bought, altered and played with by architect Sir John Soane. Situated on the north side of Lincoln's Inn Fields, it is not the grandest looking London townhouse from the outside, but inside is an amazing and odd collection of art, architecture and 'shop window' for Soane's talents. Entry is free although numbers are limited as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

It's free and opened on Tuesdays. Queuing is required, but once in, the museum offers a wonderful collection of architectural artefacts, including Greek column heads and several Canalettos

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This collection of curios and artefacts could be a terrible mishmash mess if it weren't cared for so very well by the curators of this fascinating little museum. I love that there is always something new to find here, the new exhibitions that are rotated in to complement the Museum's normal collection, and how very relaxing the whole place is.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A nice boutique-like museum across from Lincoln Inn Fields. I wish we're allowed to take pictures inside because the gallery on the ground floor is exquisite. Instead of having all these texts to read, the guide told us the story of each painting in a series around the room with a dry British humor. It's incredible how they were able... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This little gem in near Lincoln Inn Fields is pure pleasure: A fully intact house left as was during John Soane's lifetime. He was one wealthy man, star architect at the time, and the museum reflects that: Filled with follies such as a monk's refectory and rooms simulating ancient sites it overwhelms the senses with charm and delight. That said,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

You'll find the Sir John Soane's Museum tucked away on Lincolns Inn Fields, a square between Holborn underground station and Victorian Gothic spires of the High Court. Keep in mind as you walk about this beautiful Georgian house, this odd collection of books, curios, fine art and furniture was Soanes' personal collection and this was his home. Every corner is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This exceptional glimpse into the personal collection of Sir John Soane is a London gem. Hogarth's 'Rake's Progress' is a highlight, but the entire house is fascinating.

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