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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Today we launched the online version of our new exhibition, The Romance of Ruins: The Search for Ancient Ionia, 1764. Pr...
12/05/2021

Today we launched the online version of our new exhibition, The Romance of Ruins: The Search for Ancient Ionia, 1764. Produced in partnership with the British Museum, the exhibition showcases the powerful and poetic watercolours of William Pars, made on an expedition to discover the ruins of ancient Ionia and Athens. View the exhibition online here: https://www.soane.org/exhibitions/romance-ruins-search-ancient-ionia-1764

Today we launched the online version of our new exhibition, The Romance of Ruins: The Search for Ancient Ionia, 1764. Produced in partnership with the British Museum, the exhibition showcases the powerful and poetic watercolours of William Pars, made on an expedition to discover the ruins of ancient Ionia and Athens. View the exhibition online here: https://www.soane.org/exhibitions/romance-ruins-search-ancient-ionia-1764

Our curator Joanna Tinworth discusses the Hogarth's Rake's Progress in the Aria Code podcast on Stravinsky's musical ada...
08/05/2021

Our curator Joanna Tinworth discusses the Hogarth's Rake's Progress in the Aria Code podcast on Stravinsky's musical adaptation of the paintings https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/aria-code/episodes/aria-code-stravinsky-rakes-progress-dawn-upshaw

Our curator Joanna Tinworth discusses the Hogarth's Rake's Progress in the Aria Code podcast on Stravinsky's musical adaptation of the paintings https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/aria-code/episodes/aria-code-stravinsky-rakes-progress-dawn-upshaw

#OnThisDay 558 the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses in the reign of the emperor Justinian. Formerly the greatest churc...
07/05/2021

#OnThisDay 558 the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses in the reign of the emperor Justinian. Formerly the greatest church in Roman Constantinople, the building survives to this day as a mosque in modern Istanbul. Justinian ordered the dome rebuilt, but it was recorded as one of many crises the emperor faced during his reign over the Byzantine empire. This image is a Soane Office plan of the building, drawn in 1806.

#OnThisDay 558 the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses in the reign of the emperor Justinian. Formerly the greatest church in Roman Constantinople, the building survives to this day as a mosque in modern Istanbul. Justinian ordered the dome rebuilt, but it was recorded as one of many crises the emperor faced during his reign over the Byzantine empire. This image is a Soane Office plan of the building, drawn in 1806.

We reopen in exactly 2 weeks! Visit the #SoaneMuseum from the 19 May - free timed tickets bookable at http://soane.org/t...
05/05/2021

We reopen in exactly 2 weeks! Visit the #SoaneMuseum from the 19 May - free timed tickets bookable at http://soane.org/tickets

We reopen in exactly 2 weeks! Visit the #SoaneMuseum from the 19 May - free timed tickets bookable at http://soane.org/tickets

On June 1 we'll be hosting a free online talk with Rory Stewart, discussing his own experiences as a traveller across Af...
04/05/2021
In the footsteps of early explorers: Rory Stewart on walking in Afghanistan

On June 1 we'll be hosting a free online talk with Rory Stewart, discussing his own experiences as a traveller across Afghanistan in 2002, and his visit to ancient archaeological sites there. Part of our talks programme for The Romance of Ruins. Find out more: https://www.soane.org/exhibitions/rory-stewart-afghanistan

Join us for an evening with contemporary adventurer Rory Stewart. With a rich, complex cultural and social history, Afghanistan has seen invasions and interventions by foreign powers over the centuries, with conflict continuing today. In this online talk, Stewart, an explorer, former diplomat, Conse...

Mondays... This macabre illustration forms the frontispiece to the poem, The Grave, which was written by Robert Blair in...
03/05/2021

Mondays... This macabre illustration forms the frontispiece to the poem, The Grave, which was written by Robert Blair in 1743. This edition of the work was published in 1808 and illustrated by twelve engravings from designs by William Blake.
#objectoftheweek #art #drawing #engraving #SoaneMuseum

On 26 May join us for a free online talk about the enduring appeal of ruins in Western thought. Join Susan Stewart of Pr...
01/05/2021
The Lure of Ruins: Susan Stewart in conversation with Bruce Boucher

On 26 May join us for a free online talk about the enduring appeal of ruins in Western thought. Join Susan Stewart of Princeton University and Bruce Boucher, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum to explore the Lure of Ruins https://www.soane.org/exhibitions/lure-ruins-susan-stewart-conversation-bruce-boucher

Join Susan Stewart of Princeton University and Bruce Boucher, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum to explore the enduring appeal of ruins in Western thought in this free online talk. Drawing from Stewart’s new book, The Ruins Lesson, examined alongside the powerful watercolours by William Pars i...

Our next exhibition, Romance of Ruins, opens on 19 May! Discover the powerful and poetic watercolours made on an expedit...
29/04/2021

Our next exhibition, Romance of Ruins, opens on 19 May! Discover the powerful and poetic watercolours made on an expedition to the ruins of ancient Ionia.

Produced in partnership with the British Museum, this exhibition charts the expedition through evocative images by the brilliant young artist William Pars and lavish published volumes by the antiquary Richard Chandler, as they journeyed to discover famed cities ruined in antiquity.

Entry is free - find out more at https://www.soane.org/whats-on/romance-ruins

Our next exhibition, Romance of Ruins, opens on 19 May! Discover the powerful and poetic watercolours made on an expedition to the ruins of ancient Ionia.

Produced in partnership with the British Museum, this exhibition charts the expedition through evocative images by the brilliant young artist William Pars and lavish published volumes by the antiquary Richard Chandler, as they journeyed to discover famed cities ruined in antiquity.

Entry is free - find out more at https://www.soane.org/whats-on/romance-ruins

This week's #objectoftheweek is a painting of the Refectory at Kirkstall Abbey, by JMW Turner. Turner (1775 - 1851) visi...
24/04/2021

This week's #objectoftheweek is a painting of the Refectory at Kirkstall Abbey, by JMW Turner. Turner (1775 - 1851) visited the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Kirkstall in Yorkshire on his first tour to the north of England, in 1797, during which he covered more than a thousand miles and made nearly two hundred sketches. On his return, he used his sketches as the starting point for a group of nine works (some in watercolour, others in oils), including this one, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1798. Mrs Soane bought this watercolour directly from Turner’s Gallery in 1804 for £36.15s intending it, we think, for display at the new country home at Ealing, Pitzhanger Manor, that Soane had recently completed. Today it hangs in Mrs Soane’s Morning Room, in the Private Apartments at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, along with many family portraits showing the strength of the friendship between the Soanes and Turner.

This week's #objectoftheweek is a painting of the Refectory at Kirkstall Abbey, by JMW Turner. Turner (1775 - 1851) visited the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Kirkstall in Yorkshire on his first tour to the north of England, in 1797, during which he covered more than a thousand miles and made nearly two hundred sketches. On his return, he used his sketches as the starting point for a group of nine works (some in watercolour, others in oils), including this one, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1798. Mrs Soane bought this watercolour directly from Turner’s Gallery in 1804 for £36.15s intending it, we think, for display at the new country home at Ealing, Pitzhanger Manor, that Soane had recently completed. Today it hangs in Mrs Soane’s Morning Room, in the Private Apartments at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, along with many family portraits showing the strength of the friendship between the Soanes and Turner.

The Picture Room Recess in the 1890s. This photo is one of the earliest surviving photographic views of the Museum's int...
22/04/2021

The Picture Room Recess in the 1890s. This photo is one of the earliest surviving photographic views of the Museum's interiors. Behind the statue of the Nymph is the original window designed by Soane for the space, which was removed in the 1900s. This is one of only two images featuring that window, and from our curators were able to identify the pattern of the border to the window and reinstate a replica window. #ThrowbackThursday

The Picture Room Recess in the 1890s. This photo is one of the earliest surviving photographic views of the Museum's interiors. Behind the statue of the Nymph is the original window designed by Soane for the space, which was removed in the 1900s. This is one of only two images featuring that window, and from our curators were able to identify the pattern of the border to the window and reinstate a replica window. #ThrowbackThursday

It's just a month until we welcome visitors back to the Musuem on 19 May! Free timed tickets are now available online - ...
19/04/2021

It's just a month until we welcome visitors back to the Musuem on 19 May! Free timed tickets are now available online - book your visit to the Museum online at http://soane.org/tickets

It's just a month until we welcome visitors back to the Musuem on 19 May! Free timed tickets are now available online - book your visit to the Museum online at http://soane.org/tickets

Soane office, drawing showing a segment from the Temple of Minerva at Athens (which is known more commonly as the Parthe...
18/04/2021

Soane office, drawing showing a segment from the Temple of Minerva at Athens (which is known more commonly as the Parthenon). This drawing details the columns, capitals, and entablature (the elements resting on the columns), which are a famous example of the Doric order, or style of classical architecture. Greek architecture represented the origin of the classical style to Sir John Soane and he spoke about it at length in his lectures, illustrated by beautiful architectural drawings such as this.
#Architecture #Soane #SoaneMuseum #art #museum #architecturedrawing #classical #classicism

Soane office, drawing showing a segment from the Temple of Minerva at Athens (which is known more commonly as the Parthenon). This drawing details the columns, capitals, and entablature (the elements resting on the columns), which are a famous example of the Doric order, or style of classical architecture. Greek architecture represented the origin of the classical style to Sir John Soane and he spoke about it at length in his lectures, illustrated by beautiful architectural drawings such as this.
#Architecture #Soane #SoaneMuseum #art #museum #architecturedrawing #classical #classicism

“As a practising architect originating from London, the Museum has endlessly intrigued and inspired me. I have returned ...
16/04/2021

“As a practising architect originating from London, the Museum has endlessly intrigued and inspired me. I have returned again and again, always spotting something I had previously missed.” – Lucy Priest

Lucy Priest works with recycled precious metals to create delicate jewellery collections that celebrate elegant craftsmanship. Based in the heart of London’s jewellery district, Lucy draws on her background in architectural design and takes inspiration from both man-made and naturally occurring forms.

In collaboration with Sir John Soane’s Museum, Lucy has produced an intricate jewellery range based on the hand-carved architectural fragments which adorn the walls of the galleries. Objects from the Museum have been selected, 3D scanned and reimagined in incredible detail to capture and celebrate their original craftsmanship. The range plays on the historical tradition of the Grand Tour, representing Lucy’s experience exploring the collection and allowing visitors to take a piece of the Museum home with them.

Visit our shop for the full collection and follow @LucyPriestJewellery for more.

Every purchase supports Sir John Soane’s Museum.

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Plaster cast "fragments" of classical architectural details in the Drawing Office. We hope to open on the 19th May - tim...
15/04/2021

Plaster cast "fragments" of classical architectural details in the Drawing Office. We hope to open on the 19th May - timed tickets will be available to book soon.
#SoaneMuseum #architecture #classical #interior #architecturelovers #Style #art #design #designinspiration

Plaster cast "fragments" of classical architectural details in the Drawing Office. We hope to open on the 19th May - timed tickets will be available to book soon.
#SoaneMuseum #architecture #classical #interior #architecturelovers #Style #art #design #designinspiration

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are wit...
09/04/2021

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.
Image: JM Gandy, Bird’s eye view of a design for a Royal Residence proposed for a site on Constitution Hill, in Green Park, 1821. Watercolour on paper. P93

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.
Image: JM Gandy, Bird’s eye view of a design for a Royal Residence proposed for a site on Constitution Hill, in Green Park, 1821. Watercolour on paper. P93

Have you seen our Highlights Film yet? For just £8 you can take a tour through some of the most interesting and special ...
05/04/2021
Highlights Film

Have you seen our Highlights Film yet? For just £8 you can take a tour through some of the most interesting and special parts of the Museum. Narrated by Dr Emma Miles and interspersed with images from our archives, this is the perfect way to learn more about the Museum and Soane’s magnificent collection during lockdown. https://shop.soane.org/products/highlights-film

This short film will take you through some of the most interesting and special parts of the Museum. Narrated by Dr Emma Miles and interspersed with images from our archives, this is the perfect way to learn more about the Museum and Soane’s magnificent collection. After purchasing, you will receiv...

Soane office, section of entablature with composite columns. Sir John Soane's architectural office provided a large numb...
02/04/2021

Soane office, section of entablature with composite columns. Sir John Soane's architectural office provided a large number of architectural drawings with which he illustrated his account of the history of (Classical) architecture. Soane's interests in sections and fragments of architectural form come through strongly in the drawings.

Soane office, section of entablature with composite columns. Sir John Soane's architectural office provided a large number of architectural drawings with which he illustrated his account of the history of (Classical) architecture. Soane's interests in sections and fragments of architectural form come through strongly in the drawings.

This beautiful floral scarf by P J Studios is inspired by Clara Maria Pope’s painting ‘Shakespeare’s Flowers’. The paint...
30/03/2021

This beautiful floral scarf by P J Studios is inspired by Clara Maria Pope’s painting ‘Shakespeare’s Flowers’. The painting, in Mrs Soane’s room in the Private Apartments, depicts every flower found in Shakespeare’s literary works. Click the product tag to find out more.
#scarf #fashion #springfashion #museum #museumshop #cashmere #flowers #soanemuseum #londonmuseum #art #artshop #artfashion #wearableart #Style #InstaFashion #WomensFashion #InstaStyle #LookBook

How many paintings fit in Sir John Soane’s Picture Room? Who visited Soane’s Sarcophagus parties? Why did Soane keep a p...
29/03/2021

How many paintings fit in Sir John Soane’s Picture Room? Who visited Soane’s Sarcophagus parties? Why did Soane keep a portrait of Napoleon next to his breakfast table?
Find out on our new guide on the #BloombergConnects app. Take a virtual visit to the Museum, explore the spaces through entries written by our expert curators, and discover audio and video content revealing the stories behind the objects. Download the app at https://app.bloombergconnects.org/sirjohnsoanefb

How many paintings fit in Sir John Soane’s Picture Room? Who visited Soane’s Sarcophagus parties? Why did Soane keep a portrait of Napoleon next to his breakfast table?
Find out on our new guide on the #BloombergConnects app. Take a virtual visit to the Museum, explore the spaces through entries written by our expert curators, and discover audio and video content revealing the stories behind the objects. Download the app at https://app.bloombergconnects.org/sirjohnsoanefb

#ObjectoftheWeek This copper alloy pavilions with Javanese figures probably date to the late-eighteenth or early ninetee...
27/03/2021

#ObjectoftheWeek This copper alloy pavilions with Javanese figures probably date to the late-eighteenth or early nineteenth century. It contains about 20 standing, sitting and kneeling figures each separately cast and pegged to the base plates. Some figures seem to be musicians and others are variously washing clothes, presenting something on a tray to a man holding a dagger, holding a mallet and pouring a liquid into a vase. Little is known about the pavilion. Was it a form of 'dolls' house' made for a foreign traveller as a memento of his visit, a gift to a high-ranking European official or did it serve some function within Javanese society? A tantalising reference in an inventory of the Museum made in 1837 says they were presented to Soane by a ‘Mr Layard’, perhaps a forbear of the celebrated archaeologist Austen Henry Layard. Photo by Lewis Bush

The Dome Area, lit up in the evening. Sign up to our email Newsletter and be the first to hear about new online events a...
26/03/2021

The Dome Area, lit up in the evening. Sign up to our email Newsletter and be the first to hear about new online events and news from the Soane: http://eepurl.com/dt2_AT

What was life like for the servants living in Sir John Soane's house? #Families can find out on a virtual tour of the Mu...
25/03/2021
Family Tour and Workshop

What was life like for the servants living in Sir John Soane's house? #Families can find out on a virtual tour of the Museum & craft workshop on 7 April! https://www.soane.org/whats-on/family-tour-and-workshop

Join us for a free virtual guided tour of the Museum, where we will tell you all about the architect Sir John Soane and show you around his amazing house. In particular, we will be focussing on the kitchens and finding out about the servants who worked in the house. We'll finish the session with an....

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13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
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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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Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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Thinking about Sir John today on his anniversary...
All care was taken to ensure that out visit was safe. It was great to see the excitement of the staff on opening day, who took time to share knowledge and answer questions. Thank you for making our visit, a great visit.
Here in Medway we’re appreciating William Hogarth. Next week: Joshua Reynolds.
we were here yesterday, fascinating place
The English people need to promote there own John soane English conceptual period clothing museum with rustic nationall dress of London the Hawkers and criers of London paintings and sculptures with John playford dance master There should be new exhibition dedicated make awareness of part of London working class peasant dress vendors and Street sellers from Stuart Georgian regency Victorian London the evidence of this fabric of historical London should recognise by UNESCO world heritage.with reactor and archeological dress reproduction. With museum.
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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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