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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 you love history and architecture, you have to see this.

This home has been preserved as Sir John requested. It is incredibly beautiful and filled to the brim with architecture and art collections. You will be requested to put all... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This home has been preserved as Sir John requested. It is incredibly beautiful and filled to the brim with architecture and art collections. You will be requested to put all your belongings in a plastic bag (which they provide) and to turn off your cell phone to preserve the 18th century feel. You can carry the bag or check it.... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sir John Soane's Museum is an amazing time capsule in the center of London, its in pretty much the same condition as it was left when John Soane handed it over to the state. The museum is pretty small so its ideal for an hour or 2. Its a pretty curious place part architectural catalog, packed with artifacts from a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Every corner is packed with interesting artifacts and very few houses can say they have a sarcophagus in the basement !

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Definitely worth a visit, this beautiful and weird house! The architecture is amazing and the house is filled with strange objects and a lot of art. Don't miss the Egyptian tomb in the crypt. Try to catch a guide who'll explain more about the beautiful paintings in the house. It's free, but they're verry happy if you buy a little... More 

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tucked away in Lincoln's Inn Firlds,this is perhaps one of London's most unusual museums.As you arrive you are greeted by one of the many helpful stewards who politely asks you to put handbags into a clear plastic bag.This is not shades of the horror of airline security but simply that the museum is so stuffed full of artefacts and passages... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sir John Soane was a great architect and his house has been left untouched since his death in 1837. He began collecting items for education and to create a museum. Soane used every inch of the house to display all his objects and paintings, and the house is full of artefacts displayed in creative and decorative ways. The house itself... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not many people know of it, but it is really worth going there. The house is perfectly preserved and it has a wonderful collection of antiquities. Also Sir Soane's library is remarkable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Sir John Soane's Museum is an opportunity to get a look into a giant of 19th century British culture. In his day he was a pre-eminent architect and this museum, which was also his home, he turned into a kind of playground of the imagination, by stuffing it with influential art, ancient objects, curios, colours and shapes. it is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I really didn't know what to expect from this museum but it is an amazing, eclectic home that belonged to an early nineteenth century architect. The house, or rather houses, are crammed with books, paintings and pieces of sculpture. John Soane purchased and rebuilt the middle house of the three. When he ran out of room, he bought the adjacent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really lovely place to visit if you are interested in architectural history or even if, likes us, you are not. It is great that it is free so you can just call in for a short period of time and it is opposite a nice green space for a rest afterwards. You have to hand your bags... 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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