Sir John Soane Museum

April 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Posted in General, London, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Walking around Lincoln’s Inn Fields you might easily walk past the John Soane Museum. The museum is actually Sir John Soane’s former residence and as a result it naturally blends in with all the other period buildings.

The building has some interesting architecture with each room providing panels explaining the aesthetic. One of the key reasons to visit is the Soane collection including an the excellent Sarcophagus of Seti I and a variety of South American artifacts amongst classical and Asian pieces. Quite the variety.

Many of the pieces can be found in the basement where you’ll walk in the dimly lit chamber surrounded by any number of statues. Once a month on a special evening opening the basement and indeed the entire house becomes quite atmospheric when the staff light candles throughout the building. Apparently this has been done to reflect what the house would have looked like in the 1800s when the Soane’s would entertain their guests.

Due to the historic nature of the house only limited number of people can be in at any one time. As a result you may have to queue. I only waited for about 10 minutes. The house is free (except for the weekend tour, which is £5). You can also download a podcast tour from the website of the house before you visit and it has an introduction by Stephen Fry.

While the second floor didn’t thrill me the overall ambiance of the entire house and in particular its collection made it a worthwhile trip. Many thanks to @stimpson for initially giving me the idea.

Also don’t repeatedly make the same error by mistakenly calling it the Sloane Museum!

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