Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP
Admission: Free
Free Entry
Wheelchair Access
Late Opening
Has Temporary Exhibitions
Has Permanent Collection
 

Opening Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1700
Wednesday: 1000 - 1700
Thursday: 1000 - 1700
Friday: 1000 - 1700
Saturday: 1000 - 1700
Sunday: Closed
Closed on English bank holidays. 1st tuesday of every month from 6 to 9 pm candlelight evening.
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Tube : Holborn (Picadilly & Central line).

This is probably one of the quirckiest museum in London. The place was the house of John Soane, the son of a bricklayer; who designed this house to live in, and to host his antiquities and his works of art. After the death of his wife (1815), he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections.

Quirky because the place is crammed with objects. From floor to ceiling each room is full of items, paintings, sculptures, books, antiques, the result of a collector that used to pile up everything he could collect and acquire over his life time (from 1780s to his death in 1837).

At the end of his life, he decided to create a museum to which ‘amateurs and students’ should have access, leaving his collections and personal effects. The Museum’s collections contain many important works of art and antiquities and the collection is as diverse as you can possibly imagine, from Greek vases, Roman busts, 18th-century statuary, cinerary urns and a massive Egyptian sarcophagus to masterpieces by Canaletto, Watteau, Turner and Hogarth.

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Past exhibitions at Sir John Soane's Museum - now closed:
Alan Sorrell 25th Oct 2013 - 24th Jan 2014
Amusements and Luxurious Gratification: The British in Paris in 1814 20th Jun 2014 - 13th Sep 2014
Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy 23rd Oct 2015 - 26th Mar 2016
Diverse Maniere: Piranesi as Designer 21st Feb 2014 - 24th May 2014
Face to Face: British Portrait Prints from the Clifford Chance Art Collection 10th Oct 2014 - 24th Jan 2015