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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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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 must see place that should be better known

A gem of a museum with a fascinating history. Kept by dedicated staff and volunteers, the small building has a fantastic range of items collected by Sir John Soane who had wide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Edinburgh
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A gem of a museum with a fascinating history. Kept by dedicated staff and volunteers, the small building has a fantastic range of items collected by Sir John Soane who had wide ranging interest in architecture, design and history. Casts from ancient buildings, original Egyptian goods, Greek vases, Shakespearian treasures and art that makes you speechless - Hogarths, Canalettos and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Marvellous house to visit and wonder at the sort of man who created this great house. Visitors are staggered, so not too many people in the house at the same time. The staff are very informative and helpful. If you do not mind a queue there is a candle lit visiting time once a month or week, not quite sue... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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262 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of 2 small and intimate, yet interesting little museums within the area of Lincoln's Inn Fields. This is interesting, especially knowing the history behind Sir John Soane's contribution to archaeology and discovery, and plundering, of the ancient world. A small donation to help this place keep running is very much appreciated. It is interesting to know that this is... More 

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Prestatyn
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sir John Soane, professor of architecture at the Royal Academy in the early nineteenth century ensured that his collection of architectural models and artefacts, paintings and other curiosities would continue to be displayed in his fascinating house just as they were when he died. Truly unexpected and fascinating. The Director of the Hermitage Museum recently described it as his favourite... More 

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Binky_610
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

True works of art take up every inch of space in the wonderful museum in the heart of one of the prettiest areas of London. I thank Sir John Soane for keeping these treasures available for view in such an unique fashion. Definitely ask to see Hogarth's works.

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Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 387 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This intriguing museum is spread over a number of houses in the lovely Lincoln's Inn Fields. We were pleasantly surprised that it is free entry, and so represents marvellous value for a couple of hours. Some of the rooms and spaces are architecturally delightful, reflecting his imagination and flair for the unusual, with the Sepulchral Chamber being the best example.... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There's something quintessentially English and eccentric about the John Soane Museum, which was the home of this 18/19th century architect and collector. The house is stuffed full of sculpture and paintings, including some incredibly important pieces such as the sarcophagus of Seti I, many (mostly) Greek and Roman antiquities and paintings by, among others, Turner, Hogarth and Canaletto. It isn't... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The home of the architect Sir John Soane, furnished as he left it when he died in 1837. Amazing collections and architecture. I bought a guide but the staff were so informative and friendly that I didn't really need it. I was there off-season so it was not busy, there was no queue and easy to move around the fairly... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is small and they only allow small groups of people in at one time. He was a collector of art and architecture and a teacher. Eclectic collection in his home. I didn't have time to see and absorb everything, I will go back.

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Streator,Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If your a collector you will enjoy Sir John Soane's home in Lincoln's Fields. Admission is free but please leave a donation! The house is filled with wonderful things.

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