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Sir John Soane`s Museum

Famous architect's collection and treasures from around the world

Sir John Soane`s Museum

13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London WC2A 3BP
+44 20 7405 2107
Tue-Sat 10:00–17:00

John Soane was an architect in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was also an avid collector who acquired many valuable objects during his long life. To house his ever growing collection everything, Soane gradually bought two neighboring buildings. The result is a mysterious, mazelike space connected by narrow passageways and packed with treasures from around the world. It became a museum during Soane's lifetime and was later turned over to the city on one important condition: in accordance with Soane's will, the city was not to change a thing.

Since then, the collection has been carefully maintained in its original form, plus a few sketches, studies, and drafts that belonged to Soane. Just to give you an idea of how seriously they take preservation here, thistles are placed on the antique chairs to discourage visitors from sitting on them.

FYI: Entrance is free. Attendants are more than happy to help you navigate the collection, which is not organized systematically, and answer any questions.

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