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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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  • August 20, 2017
    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 »
  • August 19, 2017
    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 »
  • August 18, 2017
    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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  • What an incredible place. An intriguing collection of beautiful things. Everywhere you look there is something interesting. Highly recommend a visit!
  • Best place to study arcitecture details. Incredible mix of replicas and classical art. One of the most talented London architects and the impressive house he built will leave an indeletable impression on the visitor.
  • This museum is amazing! Such a fantastic collection with so many odd works and stories present. If you are visiting London it is definitely worth it to stop by!
  • A lovely place to visit! The staff are bit bossy though. They welcome you at the gate with a string of rules to obey and watch you like hawks throughout.
  • Lovely small museum and free entry, you're required to be very careful and don't take any pictures. Lots to see and lots of people there to give you more information

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