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Sir John Soane's Museum

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Address: 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Holborn, London WC2A 3BP, England
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The unusual and unique home of Sir John Soane, eccentric architect of the...

The unusual and unique home of Sir John Soane, eccentric architect of the Bank of England, presents a chimera of colors, unusual perspectives and decorative ornaments drawn from many centuries.

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A hidden treasure

A very surprising and intriguing find. Hidden away behind quite ordinary doors is an eclectic mix of one mans folly, there are however lots of interesting pieces including Greek... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is a strange one, it is an intriguing collection of Soane´s collections and finds but the way it is opened up to visitors is frustrating to say the least. The first word from the doorman is that your bags have to go in their "cloakroom" (which is a member of staff manning a cupboard) and demands your phone... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very surprising and intriguing find. Hidden away behind quite ordinary doors is an eclectic mix of one mans folly, there are however lots of interesting pieces including Greek urns, roman vases and the odd sarcophagus. Jaw dropping to say the least.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I grew up in London but had never visited this museum before. It is free to visit so we took our kids while on a visit to London. Very eccentric and interesting. We didn't stay for a long time but the kids enjoyed looking at the collection of interesting objects and the picture room with it's fold out walls.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a small museum packed with interesting artifacts and some wonderful paintings including work by Turner, Canaletto and William Hogarth. The staff and volunteers are amazing with so much knowledge about the items on show. They are very happy to explain things and so enthusiastic about the museum and all the displays. "A Short Guide" is available for only... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with husband and 8 year old grandson. They put on an activity area next door for the kids due to half term. Very good GS coloured in and cut out room template then stuck it together to form 5 sided structure. We then went to the museum itself but didn't have a lot of time as we were going... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sir John Soane's Museum is a museum created by a famous London architect, which transformed his house after buying the next 2 other houses and merging them. The museum is full of objects from different eras (ancient Egypt, modern ages) and different corners of the world (Occident, Orient, Africa). As Sir John was an architect, there are many old pieces... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the museum and thought it was incredible how much was packed into the two houses. It would be worth getting a guide book or going on the tour as very few pieces are labelled, however there are staff in every room who can explain the pieces that are in there. The painting room was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Once you've covered the "top sights" in London and are looking for something completely different, go to Sir John Soane's Museum. Off the beaten path, this house museum holds an amazing array of 'stuff' collected by a man who was interested in EVERYTHING, from the ancient world to modern, from art to science, from geology to architecture, from Occident and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to London 8 times before discovering this jewel with my cousin. The sheer amount of items on display and the way they are shown is absolutely brilliant!!! The staff is also a great asset, they were kind and helpful in a very British way. Kudos!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this museum on recommendation by a friend. It was well worth the visit. We had to queue for ten minutes before we could get in as busy and they only allow a certain number in at a time. The house is interesting and John Soanes collection of Paintings and other effects is incredible. The whole house is full... More 

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Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
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