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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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if i could live here i would

The Museum is beyond a museum its a home filled with incredible finds and im sure some gathered items from the world but it is displayed in a manner for those who enter to enjoy... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Museum is beyond a museum its a home filled with incredible finds and im sure some gathered items from the world but it is displayed in a manner for those who enter to enjoy close up and as it would in a house .There is so much to take in on a visit but its easy to return here... More 

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St Albans
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I think this must be one of my favourite places to visit in London. I've been there 4 times and it never gets boring. Everything from the moment you walk in and have to sign the guest/visitor book tells you that this is no ordinary museum! What a place! What a house! What a great man! What an amazing collection... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Soane Museum is the extraordinary house of Sir John Soane, one of the greatest English architects, who built and lived in it more than a century and a half ago. The Museum has been kept as it was at the time of his death nearly 180 years ago. It displays his collection of antiquities, furniture, sculptures, architectural models, paintings... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My main interest in the museum is the collection of the Rake's Progress. The museum is worth a visit for that if for nothing else. On our last two or three visits it has always been crowded. Since it is relatively small and 'stuffed' with people and exhibits it might make some people a bit nervous.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The frontage belies what lies beyond! No cameras, mobile phones and bags have to sit into the plastic bags provided as there is limited locker storage. A most amazing collection of classical statuary - a museum within a museum; wonderful collection of paintings mounted on moveable wall space. In fact, the whole building is full of architectural surprises and illusions.... More 

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We spent a few hours in here looking at all of the rooms and it was great to see the range of antiquities here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum is set in the wonderful setting of Lincolns Inn Fields and houses not only his museum but his house. The items are not explained but that was part of it. The guides were informative and those we spoke to were very helpful especially around his character. Lots of ancient artifacts and some great Hogarth paintings. The rooms were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit the residence of a Georgian gentleman who has just stepped out and left the door ajar awaiting your arrival. This house is packed with many curiosities and treasures. The staff are knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Allow a good two hours to do the house justice, but one visit is not enough. Depending on the time of day / year... More 

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful experience to visit this amazing museum, crammed full of fascinating objects. I have lived near London nearly all my life but I didn't know of it. There are original Hogarth pictures, including the Election series and the Rake's Progress. The latter are not on display all the time, though. The staff are so helpful and well informed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This free museum is packed to the gills with interesting things. Everywhere you look there is something to see. There are staff in each room to answer any questions - and you will have plenty. It's not as well known as the larger museums, so may not be too crowded.

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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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