Sir John Soane (1753-1837) was one of England's greatest architects. Soane designed his own house on Lincoln's Inn Fields, 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.
According to his instructions, and protected with an Act of Parliament, the house became a public museum after his death for the benefit of 'students and amateurs of art and architecture'. 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.
MUSEUM TOUR (cost)
The Museum offer one Museum tour a week, each Saturday at 11.00am. We do not take bookings for the tour or for Saturday visits. Tour tickets go on sale from 10.30am each Saturday and cost £10. The tour lasts around an hour.
LONDON IN THE SOANE TRAIL
Downloadable trails for use in the museum with plans showing where the objects are. You can use these to explore early 19th century London through Soane’s collection and in the process to discover more about the works of art in the Museum. Download it here.
Visitors can learn more about the Museum and enhance their visit around the Soane, by listening to an Audio Tour. The ‘Classic Tour’ is for adults and the ‘Junior Tour’ is for children and first-time visitors to the Museum. Download audio tours here
The Research Library contains Soane’s collection of 30,000 architectural drawings and 10,000 books along with a small working Library of modern books and information files on Soane, Robert Adam and other relevant architects or areas of interest.To make an appointment to consult books, drawings or archives in the Research Library please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7440 4251.