Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum The house and museum of Sir John Soane, renowned neo-classical architect. Home to an eclectic collection of art, architecture and all manner of treasures!
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Entry free, timed ticketing from 1 Aug Welcome to the page of Sir John Soane's Museum. Sir John Soane, R.A., architect, was born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, and died after a long and distinguished career, in 1837. Soane designed his house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art. After the death of his wife (1815), he lived alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. Having been deeply disappointed by the conduct of his two sons, one of whom survived him, he determined to establish the house as a museum to which ‘amateurs and students’ should have access. The Museum is a building of outstanding originality, with its picturesque vistas and inventive handling of light and space. He filled it with a remarkable collection of art, sculpture, books, drawings and models. The collection includes paintings by Hogarth, Canaletto, Turner and Reynolds; antique sculpture; plaster casts; architectural models and an Egyptian sarcophagus. The objects are arranged in a labyrinth of top-lit spaces, decorated with hundreds of mirrors.

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This drawing, produced by Sir John Soane's office for one of his lectures at the Royal Academy, where he was professor o...
25/09/2020

This drawing, produced by Sir John Soane's office for one of his lectures at the Royal Academy, where he was professor of architecture, illustrates the Ionic order according to ten different architects. A pleasant landscape forms the background #ObjectoftheWeek

#ThrowbackThursday A photo of the South Drawing Room from 1911. A drawing in our archives enabled us to recreate the lay...
24/09/2020

#ThrowbackThursday A photo of the South Drawing Room from 1911. A drawing in our archives enabled us to recreate the layout of objects inside as they were at the time of Soane's death when we restored it to its original place in the Model Room.

The Soane reopens in a week! We're really looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the Museum. Book your timeslot o...
24/09/2020

The Soane reopens in a week! We're really looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the Museum. Book your timeslot online at www.soane.org/tickets

23/09/2020
The Snake in the Grass

Bruce Boucher delves into the history behind one of Soane's most treasured paintings, the Snake in the Grass. See this painting for yourself when we reopen the Museum on 1 October - book your timed ticket online at soane.org/tickets

19/09/2020
The Astronomical Clock

Join Visitor Assistant Phillip Dickson for a closer look at the Astronomical Clock in the Library-Dining Room of Sir John Soane's Museum. The Museum reopens on 1 October; book your free timed ticket at www.soane.org/tickets

The #SoaneMuseum was designed with a specific, 'picturesque' visitor route in mind. This route forms our one-way system,...
18/09/2020
Exploring the landscape of the Soane

The #SoaneMuseum was designed with a specific, 'picturesque' visitor route in mind. This route forms our one-way system, part of our social distancing measures when we reopen on 1 Oct. Helen Dorey, Deputy Director, explores this route and its meaning https://www.soane.org/features/exploring-landscape-soane

by Helen Dorey Deputy Director & Inspectress When the Museum reopens on 1 October visitors will once again enter through Sir John Soane’s front door at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

#ThrowbackThursday The Pompeii Model Stand in the North Drawing Room in 1911 – a glimpse of the Museum in very different...
17/09/2020

#ThrowbackThursday The Pompeii Model Stand in the North Drawing Room in 1911 – a glimpse of the Museum in very different days when the drawing rooms were not used as such and were filled with items never there in Soane’s day. The Model Stand had by this time been cut down by about a third in size and even at this smaller scale it still fills the room.

14/09/2020
Cast of the Apollo Belvedere

Bruce Boucher, our Director, gives another short talk about another highlight of the Soane, the cast of the Apollo Belvedere. Encounter Soane's collections for yourself when we reopen on 1 October - free timed tickets are available to book online at https://www.soane.org/tickets

13/09/2020
Explore Soane

The Museum reopens on 1 October - but if you can't wait, you can still fly through the Soane digitally via Explore Soane explore.soane.org

The Corinthian order was particularly admired by Sir John Soane, and his lectures on architecture at the Royal Academy e...
12/09/2020

The Corinthian order was particularly admired by Sir John Soane, and his lectures on architecture at the Royal Academy extolled the merits. Here is one of the many drawings created as 'slides' for his lectures.

It's Sir John Soane's 267th birthday (born #OnThisDay 1753). In our new article Helen Dorey, Deputy Director & Inspectre...
10/09/2020
Sir John Soane's birthday

It's Sir John Soane's 267th birthday (born #OnThisDay 1753). In our new article Helen Dorey, Deputy Director & Inspectress, examines what Soane got up to on his birthdays https://www.soane.org/features/sir-john-soanes-birthday

By Helen Dorey, Deputy Director and Inspectress Today would have been Sir John Soane’s 267th birthday: he was born on 10 September 1753 at Goring-on-Thames, near Reading.

The Soane Museum reopens on 1 October, and tickets are available to book at www.soane.org/tickets. What are you most loo...
07/09/2020

The Soane Museum reopens on 1 October, and tickets are available to book at www.soane.org/tickets. What are you most looking forward to seeing upon your return?

05/09/2020
Bust of Sir John Soane

We're incredibly excited to be reopening the #SoaneMuseum on 1 October. To celebrate, we're doing a series of videos about the Museum's highlights. Here's our Director Bruce Boucher discussing the bust of Soane himself.
Book your timed ticket at www.soane.org/tickets

Timed tickets for the #SoaneMuseum are now available to book online! We've implemented a number of measures to keep you ...
01/09/2020
Free Timed Ticket

Timed tickets for the #SoaneMuseum are now available to book online!
We've implemented a number of measures to keep you safe during your visit. Find out more and book your free timed ticket at www.soane.org/tickets

We are delighted to welcome visitors back to Sir John Soane's Museum from 1 October 2020. In October the Museum will be open Thursday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm only. To ensure visitors can explore the Museum safely whilst maintaining social distancing, it is necessary to book a free timed ticket in adv...

Excited for our reopening on 1 October? Timed tickets for the #SoaneMuseum will be bookable online from tomorrow morning...
31/08/2020

Excited for our reopening on 1 October? Timed tickets for the #SoaneMuseum will be bookable online from tomorrow morning at 10am!

#ObjectoftheWeek This special copy of Percier and Fontaine’s book 'Palaces, houses and other modern buildings' (1798) is...
30/08/2020

#ObjectoftheWeek This special copy of Percier and Fontaine’s book 'Palaces, houses and other modern buildings' (1798) is possible unique: each plate has been elaborately hand-coloured. The authors presented it to Josephine Bonaparte in 1799 and Soane later bought it at Sotheby’s on 28-30 May 1818.

29/08/2020
Explore Soane

Timed tickets to enter the Museum, which reopens 1 Oct, are available from Tuesday (1 Sept) on our website. If you can't wait, why not explore the Museum digitally via explore.soane.org

#OnThisDay 1781 John Soan and Elizabeth Wyatt married. John began spelling his surname 'Soane' from this time, presumabl...
21/08/2020

#OnThisDay 1781 John Soan and Elizabeth Wyatt married. John began spelling his surname 'Soane' from this time, presumably to appear more upper class (Eliza was a wealthy heiress). Here's the happy couple's portraits by John Jackson, plus their beloved Manchester Terrier, Fanny.

This #ThrowbackThursday we're looking forward - to when visitors can once again enjoy the #SoaneMuseum on 1 October. You...
20/08/2020

This #ThrowbackThursday we're looking forward - to when visitors can once again enjoy the #SoaneMuseum on 1 October. You'll be able to book free timed tickets for your visit from 1 September #LoveCultureWeek

A weathered capital in Soane's courtyard - part of the colossal monument built in memory of his dog, Fanny.
12/08/2020

A weathered capital in Soane's courtyard - part of the colossal monument built in memory of his dog, Fanny.

#ObjectoftheWeek Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s visit to Paestum in 1777 resulted in number of magnificent drawings, 15 of...
08/08/2020

#ObjectoftheWeek Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s visit to Paestum in 1777 resulted in number of magnificent drawings, 15 of which Soane acquired at auction in 1817. This image is in fact a plate from a volume created by Piranesi's son Francesco following his father’s death.

#ThrowbackThursday A photo by Walter Spiers, Curator 1904-17, of the staircase providing one of the few images we have o...
06/08/2020

#ThrowbackThursday A photo by Walter Spiers, Curator 1904-17, of the staircase providing one of the few images we have of the stained glass windows put in by a previous Curator, James Wild who rearranged Soane’s stained glass during his curatorship.

The Museum's current exhibition, Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth, has been re-created as an online exhibition during ...
04/08/2020
Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth

The Museum's current exhibition, Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth, has been re-created as an online exhibition during the Museum's closure. View a series of online galleries recreating the exhibition, as artworks from the artists' four-decade-long careers are spread across the floors of the Museum. https://www.soane.org/langlands-bell-degrees-truth

An online version of the exhibition Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth

#ObjectoftheWeek At first glance this stone obelisk could be mistaken for an actual Egyptian obelisk. It's in fact a for...
02/08/2020

#ObjectoftheWeek At first glance this stone obelisk could be mistaken for an actual Egyptian obelisk. It's in fact a former lamp-post from Lincoln's Inn Fields: Soane purchased four of these Portland stone obelisks as oil lamps were phased out in favour of innovative gas lighting around the square.

01/08/2020
Explore Soane

Two months until the Museum reopens on 1 October. We can't wait! In the meantime you can explore the Museum online through our Explore Soane digital experience: http://explore.soane.org/

Three great shots of the Museum during lockdown by Markand, our Visitor Services Manager. The Museum reopens on the 1 Oc...
27/07/2020

Three great shots of the Museum during lockdown by Markand, our Visitor Services Manager. The Museum reopens on the 1 October!

#ThrowbackThursday The Curator’s Sitting Room on the 2nd floor in c.1911 photographed by Walter Spiers (Curator 1904-17)...
23/07/2020

#ThrowbackThursday The Curator’s Sitting Room on the 2nd floor in c.1911 photographed by Walter Spiers (Curator 1904-17). This room was Soane’s Model Room. In 1850, 13 years after his death, it was dismantled, and the space allocated to the Curator. The heavy over-mantel mirror frame seen here was designed c.1890-92 by a previous Curator, James Wild (the drawings for it are in the RIBA drawings collection). This room later became the Director’s Office for many years until it was restored as the Model Room as part of our 'Opening up the Soane' project. You can watch the three part series about Opening Up The Soane online, at https://www.soane.org/opening-soane-watch-online

The Architecture Drawing Prize 2020 has opened for entries. A partnership between World Architecture Festival, Make Arch...
22/07/2020
The Architecture Drawing Prize | Celebrating drawing’s significance in capturing and communicating ideas

The Architecture Drawing Prize 2020 has opened for entries. A partnership between World Architecture Festival, Make Architects and the #SoaneMuseum, this year has three categories open for submission, Digital, Hand-Drawn and Hybrid. There is also a newly reduced rate for students and under 30's who can enter for £24. #ArchitectureDrawingPrize
Learn more and start your entry at https://thedrawingprize.worldarchitecturefestival.com/

The Architecture Drawing Prize welcomes entries from architects, designers and students from around the world while celebrating drawing’s significance as a tool in capturing and communicating ideas.

One of the pictures along the cantilever staircase of No.13 is a lithographic print of King George IV, who was crowned #...
19/07/2020

One of the pictures along the cantilever staircase of No.13 is a lithographic print of King George IV, who was crowned #OnThisDay 1821. The coronation was the most opulent royal celebration England had ever witnessed costing more than £250,000

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13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London
WC2A 3BP

Sir John Soane's Museum is just a short walk from Holborn tube station on the Central and Piccadilly Lines. To plan your journey on public transport visit the Transport for London Journey Planner page.

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Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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Here in Medway we’re appreciating William Hogarth. Next week: Joshua Reynolds.
we were here yesterday, fascinating place
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Mind bogglingly unbelievable detail in construction, craftsmanship, architecture and design. What a genius.
Visited yesterday and what a great experience - fabulous place to go and what a collector he was
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Great staging and great performance for the great BELZONI, An absolute delight. Well done!
Thank you Marilyn for inviting mme. I know it is one of your favourite places in London. I have yet to visit it. How daft is that. It is going on the list for this year right now.