Sir John Soane's Museum

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Sir John Soane's Museum

A house museum which was formerly the home of neo-classical architect, John Soane, it holds many drawings and architectural models of Soane’s projects, as well as a large collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and antiquities that he acquired over many years. He undertook a grand tour of Europe and explored the ancient ruins of different civilizations, such as Ancient Rome, Paestum in Greece and Pompeii. Aside from gathering a number of interesting artefacts, this visit would inspire his lifelong interest in Classical art and architecture.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Sir John Soane’s Museum.

What’s it all about?

In 1833, Soane negotiated a private Act of Parliament: to preserve his house and collection, exactly as it was arranged at the time of his death. Soane desired to keep it open and free for inspiration and education. Miraculously, it has been kept as it was at the time of his death nearly 180 years ago. Stepping back through time, visitors can see an extraordinary display of antiquities, furniture, sculptures, architectural models, paintings – including work by Hogarth, Turner and Canaletto – and over 30,000 architectural drawings.

What can I expect to see?

The organisation of the Museum can at first glance seem crowded and even chaotic. However, it is, in fact, purposeful, with each interior being a work of art in its own right.

Visitors to this fascinating piece of history can expect free workshops, events, talks and tours – and has even been made digital, should you want to visit virtually. With over 120,000 visitors every year it remains a stalwart of the museum scene in London. When visiting you’ll have access to numerous hidden treasures and artefacts from Soane’s extensive collection. It’s not one to miss!

 

Where is Sir John Soane's Museum located?

13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP.

We’ve included a Google Maps route to help guide you there.

How do I get there from the Crescent Hotel?

As you stroll out through our entrance, face the gardens opposite you and walk right. Take your first right onto Marchmont St and follow that road down for five minutes til you reach Russell Square station. Go in and take the Piccadilly Line to Hatton Cross, getting off at your first stop at Holborn. Once you exit the station, turn left and head down Kingsway, taking another left on Remnant Street. Follow that road until it becomes Lincoln Inn Fields and there you’ll see Sir John Soane’s Museum on your left.