One of the worst experience of my life! Long queues that do not move, and the rudest staff I ever encounter! Having working in customer services for more than a decade, I can not see how are their employees allowed to deal the public at all. Only go there if you wanted to stand in the cold for hours and get shout at by their members of staff!!
Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John Soane Museum
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Posted: Tue Jul 24 2012
Designed by architect Sir John Soane to house his own collection of paintings and architectural salvage, the museum is a tranquil place full of unexpected treasures, with a wealth of intriguing natural lighting effects best viewed on a bright day. A leading architect of his day, Soane is responsible for the building that housed the Bank of England (only the perimeter remains now). Much of Sir John Soane's Museum's appeal derives from the domestic setting – the Breakfast Room has a much-imitated domed ceiling, inset with convex mirrors, for instance. On the first Tuesday of each month, Sir John Soane's Museum opens late and some parts are lit by candlelight. During the holidays, drop-off children's workshops exploring the house take place. Visitors can now see the Picture Room rehung according to Soane's original arrangement, featuring works by Canaletto and others. The rehang is part of 'Opening Up The Soane', a three-year project to open up areas and aspects of Soane's collection and improve visitor facilities. The first completed phase of 'Opening Up the Soane' is revealed on July 6, 2012, when a restored, Soane-designed house, built and decorated by John and Eliza Soane for their own use in 1792, is opened to the public. The house, Number 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields, is a neoclassical townhouse with elaborate decorations including a 'geometric' staircase, with walls painted to resemble the sooty masonry of a Roman catacomb, two Pompeian-red rooms, one with a ceiling painted like a cloudy sky, and a breakfast parlour, its vault painted as a vine trellis by John Crace, the artist who decorated the Royal Pavilion at Brighton. Upstairs is a new gallery, designed by Caruso St John Architects, for temporary exhibitions. Behind the scenes, new conservation studios will enable conservators to continue to protect and preserve Soane's collections for generations to come.
Sir John Soane's Museum 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
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020 7405 2107
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- Opening hours:
Tue-Sat 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm), also 6-9pm on the first Tue of each month. Tours every Sat 11am. Closed bank hols
Free, but Sat tours £10, students and concs free. Groups must book in advance and a £50 donation is requested
Sir John Soane's Museum
- 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
- 020 7405 2107
- 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
- Sir John Soane's Museum
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The second of two exhibitions looking at the relationship between Sir John Soane and the Italian printmaker, antiquarian and architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Large-scale 3D prints will be on show, replicating the some of the designs that Piranesi...
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This discussion, which focuses on the different approaches used to analyse an objects design, is part of a program of talks around the exhibition Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess. The Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum Abraham Thomas will...
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Lovely museum just off Kingsway and ideal for a short break away from the office. All sorts of quirks but admire the varied glazing and the quality of light which has provided inspiration for many a modern architect. A nearby cafe in the park by Lincoln's Inn means you can enjoy a coffee or snack before returning to the bustle of Holborn.
Truly a hidden gem, and..... be still the beating of my tight little Yorkshire heart... it's all free!! A curious house which belonged to eighteenth century architect: Sir John Soane, who designed famous buildings in the Neo-Classical style . This museum proves that artistic types with huge amounts of money and time do form the basis of the most fascinating of collections. Indeed what makes SJS so amazing is the never ending curious and surprising objects and artefacts. One minute you are in a room, comfortably admiring the Rake's Progress by Hogarth, the next minute they have opened the walls up to reveal more works of art... The proportions of the house will also shock you, it is truly like the tardis with the narrowest -seeming frontage but inside a real warren of rooms, leading down to a real, bona fide Egyptian scarcophagus. Do check opening hours before you go... The best museum in London...
Preserved since he lived there in the 19th century, The Sir John Soane's Museum is a gem of peculiar bits and pieces collected by the architect of the original Bank of England. While alive, he allowed his students to come and sketch things from his collection, which includes an Egyptian sarcophagus as well as things taken from other buildings. The highlight for me is the wood-panelled room with hidden panels concealing the original version of Hogarth's 'A Rake's Progress' which, if you're lucky, will be explained to you in a highly amusing way by one of the staff. Best of all, the whole thing is free.
Great museum. Quirky experience. Almost entirely unique opportunity to view a house museum - house museums predate the current purpose built museums we visit today. Also an opportunity to become a visitor of the 19th century, and an opportunity to see how the architect Sir John Soane transformed the house into what we see today - with windows everywhere, and ingenious lighting techniques. Don't miss the picture room - and ask the staff to open the panels for you - and the room turns into a balcony looking onto the basement! Tip: the staff can be very friendly and informative. Just be confident and not afraid of asking questions! Text panels and plaques to inform you about what you are looking at are few and far between, (to preserve the house as Sir John Soane intended it), so the staff are there to fill you in instead!
this museum is a dying breed... I had half an hour to kill and wanted to quickly pop round. The very officious and brusque doorwoman forced me to turn off my mobile "we're a museum!" and then tried to get me to decant the entire contents of my bag into a plastic one. No thank you. Treat your visitors with a bit more respect and they'll respect you. Here's hoping the management changes soon; I won't be back before then.