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Sir John Soane's Museum, London

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#22 of 220 in Museums in London
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. By using our London visit planner , you can arrange your visit to Sir John Soane's Museum and other attractions in London.
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  • Have been walking past this building for a few years without knowing there was a museum. The house is very extravagant, and doesn't give you a 'museum' feeling. Found it really interesting - it's free...  more »
  • A colleague introduced me to this quirky little museum a few years ago, and I have enjoyed several visits since. Best of all, like many of London's cultural treasures, admission is free, so don't feel...  more »
  • There are pieces remain and Egyptians really special and exposed in a wonderful way. A House Museum of the most beautiful in the world. Now also exposes Marc Quinn. Nice Consigliatisismo! There is the sarcophagus of seti fantastic House
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  • I thought it was important to see a museum which friends recommended. It was interesting to look around and see if but highly frustrating that none of the exhibits were interpreted. I've no idea what I had seen and no understanding of its cultural value. Staff members were very knowledgeable and passionate about the place. I found reusing plastic bags for belongings unhygienic. Yuck.
  • I went here with my mum and we loved it! Full to the brim with trinkets and artefacts.. the more you look the more you uncover. It feels like you are walking back in time .. one of the most interesting museums I have been to I. London. It is rather small and narrow so not sure how good access would be for wheelchairs etc.
  • What can one say ? A truly unique experience. A magical place to visit. Worth visiting again and again.
  • Very slick museum. I enjoyed the framed drawings, as well as the explanations provided by the volunteers. The entrance was quite crowded, as there was a lot of expensive merchandise being hocked at the front. No photos were allowed (regardless of flash) - probably because they wanted you to buy a print.
  • Quaint museum with a lot of stuff. Does have many labels to tell you what things are, which I found a bit annoying, but apparently this is part of their thing, so I guess it's take it or leave it. I recommend trying to catch one of their talks/tours for extra info.

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