Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, Greater London, WC2A 3BP, United Kingdom
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    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
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    Soane was a distinguished neo-classical architect who designed the Bank of England. After his death in 1837 his house became a unique museum of architecture and art.

    HISTORY UK · February 10, 2011
  • Londonist

    The world's most famous 'secret museum', the SJSM can't be described without using the words bric-a-brac, labyrinthine, or cluttered. A must-see for anyone who hasn't been.

    Londonist · April 28, 2010
  • Time Out London

    You’ll never forget your first visit to the home of architect Sir John Soane. It’s stuffed with curios and is almost exactly as Soane left it when he died in 1837. Read more

    Time Out London · March 27, 2012
  • Time Out London

    Designed by architect Sir John Soane to house his own collection of paintings and architectural salvage. Read more

    Time Out London · February 23, 2012

    There is a special candlelit opening on the first Tuesday of each month, 6-9pm, with last entry at 8:30pm. Look out for a range of architectural plans, including many that never came to fruition. Read more · October 26, 2011
  • Evening Standard

    One of the highlights of the museum is the Election series of paintings by William Hogarth mounted on hinged panels which swing back to reveal a series of Piranesi drawings beneath. Read more

    Evening Standard · May 14, 2012
  • National Post

    Chock full of man’s artistic achievements, be surer to buy the brochure at the entrance; it is your only guide to this lovely collection, with the exception of an eager attendant in the Picture Room. Read more

    National Post · October 5, 2011
  • Time Out London

    On the first Tuesday of each month, the museum opens late (6-9pm, last entry 8pm), and the rooms are lit by candles. Visitor numbers are generally high on these evenings, so early arrival is advised. Read more

    Time Out London · March 27, 2012
  • Mary W.

    Indescribable, you just have to go there. Especially amazing if you can go for the once-a-month candle-lit viewing. One of the most interesting things I've seen in London. Read more

    Mary Wbn · October 24, 2009
  • AnyTrip

    Free and totally unique places like Sir John Soane's Museum are what make London great! Get in the queue early (around 5pm) for the candlelight viewing on the first Tue of every month.

    AnyTrip · July 18, 2011
  • Simon R.

    Heard that this place was amazing and I wasn't disappointed. Went there on a Saturday morning, and it was pleasingly quiet. I had a 5 year old in tow who *loved* the labyrinthine nature of the place

    Simon Redfern · June 15, 2010
  • Nichiless D.

    A simply magical special candlelit opening on the first Tuesday evening of each month, 6-9pm. Last entry for this is 8:30pm. Read more

    Nichiless Dey · October 23, 2009
  • Jenny L.

    For the candlelit event on the 1st Tuesday of the month: Get there early or queueing can take up to 2hrs...

    Jenny Lau · April 11, 2010
  • W magazine

    The best time to visit is at night, when the gloriously labyrinthine collection is lit only by candles. Read more

    W magazine · 3 weeks ago
  • Louis K.

    Weird in here. A little overwhelming. Seeing everything is impossible, so just appreciate what you do see.

    Louis Klieger · January 3
  • Eva D.

    Great small museum - don't forget to check out the room with the paintings hanging on the double panelled wall.

    Eva Devos · December 19, 2014
  • Fraser M.

    Even though parts of this incredible museum are under construction it was still well worth the thirty minute queue. The enthusiastic staff offer lots of insight and the rooms can be breath-taking

    Fraser McIntosh · October 5, 2014
  • Pascal V. H.

    Yes, it's free - but this benefit doesn't make an uninspiring place inspiring...

    Pascal V. Hoersturz · September 13, 2014
  • Darryl E.

    Hidden gem. Arrive early as it gets busy. Be aware no photography allowed inside. Bags must be left in cloakroom due to tight corridors. Not suitable for small children.

    Darryl Ellson · August 24, 2014
  • Mikey A.

    Absolutely incredible place with a wonderful eclectic mix of antiquities - not your usual museum experience must see and it's FREE!!!

    Mikey Allan · June 26, 2014
  • Rupi S.

    If anyone gives you grief about being a hoarder, take them here and show them what hoarding is really like.

    Rupi Singh · May 6, 2014
  • Pavel D.

    Brilliant. Felt like an 8 years old kid in the cabinet of wonders.

    Pavel Dobrovsky · March 25, 2014
  • Jonny W.

    There's an atmospheric candlelit late opening (until 9pm) on the first Tuesday of every month. Books say to arrive early so there's always a long queue from 6pm... BUT no queue at all from 8ish!

    Jonny Wright · November 5, 2013
  • Peeyapat R.

    absolutely inspiring. brilliant use of space for perfect natural lighting.

    Peeyapat R · October 4, 2013
  • David C.

    If you're a Disney World fan, this place is what inspired the Adventurer's Club at Pleasure Island (which closed in 2008)

    David Cobb · May 28, 2013
  • Clea R.

    Bring a book and an umbrella just in case. There always seems to be a queue to get in here

    Clea Romeo · March 23, 2013
  • Mariliis R.

    Awesome place!Noteworthy are the 4 W.Hogarth's election paintings& the lovely room upstairs with all Turner's Yellow interior.Also,wait for it to get dark to go downstairs &see the sarcophagus of Seti

    Mariliis Retter · December 17, 2012
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Sir John Soane designed many great buildings around London including the Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Dulwich Picture Gallery · July 30, 2012
  • Max B.

    Admission: Free

    Max Barry · July 21, 2012
  • Caroline

    The weirdest little museum you've ever seen!

    Caroline · July 19, 2012
  • Martin T.

    18 December: When Soane eventually died, he had collected so much he arranged for an Act of Parliament to allow him to bequeath it to the nation, and it remains to this day.

    Martin Tiedemann · June 30, 2012
  • Steve P.

    Brilliant museum and ingenious use of space.

    Steve Parker · May 5, 2012
  • Morgans Hotel Group M.

    Sir John Soane was a popular 19thC architect, not least for bequeathing his house as a museum to the nation when he died in 1837. Read more

    Morgans Hotel Group Manager · March 29, 2012
  • LisasShare

    With the all the rooms left like the man himself has just popped out for more snuff. Eerie but a pleasure to see.

    LisasShare · March 5, 2012
  • Fernanda A.

    You can't miss the plasticine paintings.

    Fernanda Almeida · March 4, 2012

    V.intriguing exhibition esp. the sarcophagus - artefacts to look at in every direction! Ask questions about Soane's architectural drawings - the guide loves to talk about them! Read more · September 23, 2011
  • Sjors T.

    Don't forget to check the basement

    Sjors Timmer · August 25, 2011
  • Debbi F.

    Wonderful museum. And I can highly recommend their painting courses too. The recent watercolour course I did - taught by James Willis - was excellent.

    Debbi Francis · April 20, 2011
  • Claudia M.

    A great and incredible collection. Speak with the gallery assistant.

    Claudia Mazzoleni · August 29, 2010
  • Geoffrey M.

    Soane was a unique architect for his day and his house (now a museum) shows an eclecticism and quirkiness that often peeks through in his other works. The Breakfast Room is a classic.

    Geoffrey Makstutis · May 28, 2010
  • Ziah

    In the winter before Christmas, go for one of the candlelit night events. Well worth it, even if you've been before...

    Ziah · October 25, 2009
  • Angela Teresa R.

    uma pequena joia localizada em uma linda praca de Londres!ingresso gratuito.Vale muito

    Angela Teresa Rispoli · October 2, 2014
  • Jean C.

    Auténtica casa victoriana abarrotada de piezas de arte y de colección, desde pequeños grabados hasta el sarcófago del faraón Seti I

    Jean Cité · August 7, 2014
  • Martin L.

    Cet endroit vaut le détour! Un indescriptible assemblage d'art, d'artefacts archéologiques et d'objets de l'époque post-victorienne. Une surprise derrière chaque porte de cette étonnante maison.

    Martin Landry · June 8, 2014
  • FOCUS Online

    Wer wissen will, wie das Establishment im 18. Jahrhundert in London gelebt hat, der kann dies kostenfrei im Sir John Soane´s Museum, 13 Lincoln´s Inn Fields, tun. Read more

    FOCUS Online · November 22, 2012