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Sir John Soane's Museum

History Museum and Art Museum
Holborn and Covent Garden, London
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  • Sergey B.
    "Great feee museum, a former residence of architect Jonh Soane"(6 Tips)
    W magazine
    "when the gloriously labyrinthine collection is lit only by candles."(3 Tips)
    Jonny W.
    "first Tuesday of every month."(3 Tips)
    "Absolutely incredible, one of London's hidden jewels!"(3 Tips)
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  • Maggie F.
    Maggie Freegard1 week ago
    An invitation to explore from the dark brick facade, down the winding stair into a preserved world. Wish there were more atmospheric spaces to discover rather than the rooms dedicated to exhibition.
  • Hyun Jeong S.
    Hyun Jeong Seol1 week ago
    Such an amazing place! Love to see the sarcophagus of Pepi II. Look carefully the model of Eliza Soane’s tomb, which inspired the red telephone box of London.
  • Angela
    Angela1 week ago
    A gem of a museum. Sign up for the tour of the private residences. Only a few people can go every hour or so. It’s a wonderful way to learn more about Soane and see his family’s quarters.
  • Julia A.
    Amazing museum. Very cool to wander around and see all the amazing aspects of his home. Nice and knowledgeable staff! Definitely make a donation to keep it as is!
  • Seamus M.
    Seamus McQuaidFebruary 10
    Full of wonderful classical pieces
  • Clark G.
    Clark GilliesNovember 13, 2016
    Fantastic free museum with amazing architecture on display.
  • Taija R.
    Taija RinneSeptember 11, 2016
    Amazing house museum, well worth a visit. Soane's collection is stunning, there is even a sargofagus in the basement!
  • Ian T.
    Ian TSeptember 9, 2016
    Ask to see the Hogarth pictures The Rakes Progress and The Election hidden behind doors.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WozniakMay 8, 2016
    Small, but great little museum. Truly a hidden gem.
  • Robin C.
    Robin ColemanMarch 9, 2016
    Amazing interior design and artwork
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonMarch 4, 2016
    Amazing collection of odd antiquities stuffed into a lovely house (and free!)
  • Maggie W.
    Maggie WalshDecember 1, 2015
    What a unique interior! If you are into architecture take a look! Also, make sure you have the guide tell you stories of the paintings in the painting room!
  • Justin
    JustinOctober 17, 2015
    Absolutely incredible, one of London's hidden jewels! Highly recommended!
  • Graciela G.
    Graciela GamboaSeptember 26, 2015
    Try to go early, has there is the chance they close some rooms in the afternoon. And ask anything please; everyone can tell you in extreme detail about everything you see. A must!
  • Jack D.
    Jack DavisJuly 28, 2015
    Lovely little museum that captures the fashions of the 1800s in terms of art and interior design. Quite small so be prepared to sneak by people!
  • Sergey B.
    Sergey BaryshnikovFebruary 28, 2015
    Great feee museum, a former residence of architect Jonh Soane
  • W magazine
    W magazineFebruary 4, 2015
    The best time to visit is at night, when the gloriously labyrinthine collection is lit only by candles. Read more
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerJanuary 3, 2015
    Weird in here. A little overwhelming. Seeing everything is impossible, so just appreciate what you do see.
  • Eva
    EvaDecember 19, 2014
    Great small museum - don't forget to check out the room with the paintings hanging on the double panelled wall.
  • Fraser M.
    Fraser McIntoshOctober 5, 2014
    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
  • Darryl E.
    Darryl EllsonAugust 24, 2014
    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.
  • Mikey A.
    Mikey AllanJune 26, 2014
    Absolutely incredible place with a wonderful eclectic mix of antiquities - not your usual museum experience must see and it's FREE!!!
  • Rupi S.
    Rupi SinghMay 6, 2014
    If anyone gives you grief about being a hoarder, take them here and show them what hoarding is really like.
  • Pavel D.
    Pavel DobrovskyMarch 25, 2014
    Brilliant. Felt like an 8 years old kid in the cabinet of wonders.
  • Jonny W.
    Jonny WrightNovember 5, 2013
    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!
  • Peeyapat R.
    Peeyapat ROctober 4, 2013
    absolutely inspiring. brilliant use of space for perfect natural lighting.
  • David C.
    David CobbMay 28, 2013
    If you're a Disney World fan, this place is what inspired the Adventurer's Club at Pleasure Island (which closed in 2008)
  • Clea R.
    Clea RomeoMarch 23, 2013
    Bring a book and an umbrella just in case. There always seems to be a queue to get in here
  • Mariliis R.
    Mariliis RetterDecember 17, 2012
    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
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery
    Sir John Soane designed many great buildings around London including the Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • Max B.
    Max BarryJuly 21, 2012
    Admission: Free
  • Caroline
    CarolineJuly 19, 2012
    The weirdest little museum you've ever seen!
  • Martin T.
    Martin TiedemannJune 30, 2012
    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.
  • Evening Standard
    Evening StandardMay 14, 2012
    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
  • Steve P.
    Steve ParkerMay 5, 2012
    Brilliant museum and ingenious use of space.
  • 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
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 27, 2012
    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
    Time Out LondonMarch 27, 2012
    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
  • LisasShare
    LisasShareMarch 5, 2012
    With the all the rooms left like the man himself has just popped out for more snuff. Eerie but a pleasure to see.
  • Fernanda A.
    Fernanda AlmeidaMarch 4, 2012
    You can't miss the plasticine paintings.
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonFebruary 23, 2012
    Designed by architect Sir John Soane to house his own collection of paintings and architectural salvage. Read more
    hotel.infoSeptember 23, 2011
    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
  • Sjors T.
    Sjors TimmerAugust 25, 2011
    Don't forget to check the basement
  • AnyTrip
    AnyTripJuly 18, 2011
    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.
  • Debbi F.
    Debbi FrancisApril 20, 2011
    Wonderful museum. And I can highly recommend their painting courses too. The recent watercolour course I did - taught by James Willis - was excellent.
    HISTORY UKFebruary 10, 2011
    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.
  • Claudia
    ClaudiaAugust 29, 2010
    A great and incredible collection. Speak with the gallery assistant.
  • Simon R.
    Simon RedfernJune 15, 2010
    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
  • Geoffrey M.
    Geoffrey MakstutisMay 28, 2010
    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.
  • Londonist
    LondonistApril 28, 2010
    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.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LauApril 11, 2010
    For the candlelit event on the 1st Tuesday of the month: Get there early or queueing can take up to 2hrs...
  • Ziah
    ZiahOctober 25, 2009
    In the winter before Christmas, go for one of the candlelit night events. Well worth it, even if you've been before...
  • Mary W.
    Mary WbnOctober 24, 2009
    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
  • Nichiless D.
    Nichiless DeyOctober 23, 2009
    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
  • Angela Teresa R.
    Angela Teresa RispoliOctober 2, 2014
    uma pequena joia localizada em uma linda praca de Londres!ingresso gratuito.Vale muito
  • Jean C.
    Jean CitéAugust 7, 2014
    Auténtica casa victoriana abarrotada de piezas de arte y de colección, desde pequeños grabados hasta el sarcófago del faraón Seti I
  • Martin L.
    Martin LandryJune 8, 2014
    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.
  • FOCUS Online
    FOCUS OnlineNovember 22, 2012
    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
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