Sir John Soane's Museum

Welcome to the historic house, museum and library of distinguished 19th century architect Sir John Soane. At Soane’s request, the house has been left untouched since his death – almost 180 years ago.

It’s an intimate, atmospheric place, designed by Soane himself, and filled with his exceptional collection of famous artworks, sculptures, furniture and artefacts.

Please note: During August there will be some minor building work that may affect your visit. Find out more.

Opening times

Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 - 17.00
Last entry at 16.30

Closed on Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays

Admission is free

Getting here

Find us at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP.

By Tube
Holborn (for Central and Piccadilly lines) is less than a five-minute walk away, while Temple (for the Circle and District lines) is 15 minutes away.

By bus
Buses 1, 59, 68, 91, 168, 171, 188, 243, 521, and X68 stop on Kingsway. Buses 8, 25, and 242 stop on High Holborn.
 
By bike
Stop at Sardinia Street and Portugal Street docking stations for Santander Cycles, or park your own bike in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
 
By car
We are in the congestion charge zone, with a small number of pay-and-display parking in Lincoln’s Inn Fields and a few green-badge bays.

 

What's on

Exhibitions

'The Cloud-Capped Towers': Shakespeare in Soane's Architectural Imagination

 
21 Apr 2016 to 08 Oct 2016

To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, this exhibition is the first of its kind to examine the influence the great playwright had on the life and work of Sir John Soane.

Treasures

Discover our most spectacular objects

​Sir John Soane, Aged 76 by Sir Thomas Lawrence

This portrait of Soane is perhaps one of the most memorable items in our collection. Hanging above the fireplace of the Library-Dining Room - the first room visitors enter - he seems to be looking out over his creation, welcoming people into his home and masterpiece. 

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