Sir John Soane's Museum

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  • © Jonathan Perugia / Time Out

  • © Jonathan Perugia / Time Out

  • © Jonathan Perugia / Time Out

  • Hogarth's A Rake's Progress

    Henry Hudson, A Rake's Progress: The Levée, plasticine on canvas, 2011

  • © Jonathan Perugia / Time Out

  • Sir John Soane bust © Jonathan Perugia / Time Out

  • The library © Martin Charles

  • © George Scharf

  • © Martin Charles

  • A model of The Pantheon

    François Fouquet, Copy of the Pantheon at Rome

© Jonathan Perugia / Time Out

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  • Address:

    13
    Sir John Soane's Museum Lincoln's Inn Fields
    London
    WC2A 3BP

  • Venue phone:

    020 7405 2107

  • Venue website:

    www.soane.org

  • Opening hours:

    Tue- Sat 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) First Tue of each month 6pm-9pm

  • Transport:

    Tube: Holborn

  • Price:

    Free, £10 Sat tours, free students and concs

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    1. Sir John Soane's Museum
      • 13
        Lincoln's Inn Fields
        London
        WC2A 3BP
      • 020 7405 2107
      • www.soane.org
      • 51.516972,-0.117851

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Face to Face: British Portraits from the Clifford Chance Art Collection

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This exploration of the development of portraiture at the Sir John Soane Museum gathers 40 engravings, etchings, screenprints and lithographs from the award-winning and rarely seen Clifford Chance collection. Themes such as realism, abstraction and caricature...

  1. Fri Oct 10 – Sat Jan 24 2015
  2. Sir John Soane's Museum
  3. Free
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Peace Breaks Out! London and Paris in the summer of 1814

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The centenary of the start of World War I is the focus of many events and exhibitions this year, but 2014 marks another historical anniversary. In the summer of 1814 Europe celebrated peace following the fall of Napoleon and the Treaty of Paris. Sir John...

Peace Breaks Out! London and Paris in the summer of 1814
  1. Wed Jul 30 – Sat Sep 13
  2. Sir John Soane's Museum
  3. free
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Preposterous Pets

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Kids aged seven-to-12 will get a detailed look at the museum's many images of animals before creating their very own cuddly fauna. Simple sewing techniques will be taught and all materials will be provided, but bring your own vivid imagination. Book in...

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Alessandra

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!!

Rich

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.

Rachel

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...

Michael Goldrei

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.

Eleanor

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!

Jules

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.