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Sir John Soane's Museum, London

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Located inside the house of architect John Soane, Sir John Soane's Museum is an intimate showroom for antiquities, drawings, and paintings. The top-lit Dome Area, Colonnade, and Museum Corridor at the rear of the museum are big draws for visitors and give an example of the Soane style of lighting used in other famous buildings in the city. The museum admits only 80 people at a time, so there is often a line of people waiting outside. Arrive early to claim your spot in line and avoid a long wait. Put Sir John Soane's Museum into our London trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • So much packed into this place. A real time capsule with the bonus of some great paintings including Hogarth's and Turner's. The collection of sculptures and architectural embellishments are all the m...  more »
  • Small museum, run by volunteers passionate and exciting to discover the genius of this inventor architect of natural lighting of museums... Free and more. It's worth a trip out of the British Museum, for example.
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  • This museum is a little treasure - be sure to visit. Probably not suitable for small children, but absolutely mesmerising.  more »
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  • Surely in the top ten museums of London and my personal favourite. Utterly charming, created by a kind generous man, and with some lovely surprises within. I have taken many people here and every one of them - and they were all quite different people - have been charmed and delighted. IMPORTANT: Do not bring a suitcase or large bag with you or you won't be let in. There is no place to store such luggage. The museum is very strict about this for the house is quite delicate. What bag you do have you will be asked to remove and place inside a transparent plastic carrier bag. This is for the protection of the exhibits. Only a certain amount of people are let in at any one time so its good to go at less busy times - early when it opens or on a start of the week day perhaps. I've never waited too long to get in though. Lovely staff too. Please buy a guide when entering - at least on your first visit - for it will keep this museum well cared for and staffed
  • An amazing experience. One can get lost between the artifacts for hours without even realising it. History permeates every nook and cranny in this magnificent house. Highly recommended.
  • Attended a candle-lit opening at the museum. Amazing place which is packed with wonders. Something to see in every corner from the architecture, decor and furniture to the books, paintings and sculptures. Must see, will re visit during the daytime.
  • Renowned 18/19th.Century private collection in original setting that is both eccentric and quintessentially English. Manoeuvre gingerly in the architect, antiquarian and polymath Soane's personally designed space to view his possessions. Attendants are approachable and knowledgeable. Authentic and unique. Intriguing.
  • An absolute gem of a museum with some amazing artefacts that'd you'd be hard pressed to see in such a personal setting if they were in larger museums. Brilliant staff and a brilliant story. A must see!