Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 - 17.00
Last entry at 16.30
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays
Admission is free
From 1 October 2017, the days we are open will change from Tuesday-Saturday to Wednesday-Sunday. This will help us accommodate the soaring number of visitors drawn to the Museum following the completion of our major restoration programme Opening up the Soane in 2016. Our opening hours will remain the same; 10:00 - 17:00.
In order to maintain and protect the collection and historic building, and to ensure that visitors have space to enjoy our unique atmosphere, we limit capacity to 85 people at any one time. Over the past year, we've had more visitors than ever before, with 121,504 visitors passing through the doors. There has also been a 12% increase over the past five years, with demand highest on Saturdays. Opening on Sundays enables us to spread weekend visitors across two days, and fulfils an ambition to continue to draw more diverse audiences to the Museum, whilst also maintaining the unique visitor experience and minimising issues with conservation and overcrowding.
Also starting from 1 October 2017, the Museum will open on most bank holidays, bringing us in line with many other national museums.
Bruce Boucher, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum, says: “We are delighted that following close consultation with Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Sir John Soane’s Museum will now be open on Sundays as well as Saturdays. 30% of our weekly visitors come to the Museum on Saturdays, and these changes will both make the Museum more accessible to visitors and allow the necessary conservation to take place to preserve these Grade I listed Georgian buildings and their collections for future generations.”
Because of the new opening hours, the ‘Evening Openings’ on the first Tuesday of every month will be suspended for the rest of 2017 with a view to reconsidering the format for a different weekday from 2018. The popular special after-hours events will, however, continue, with two upcoming opportunities to see the Museum and its exhibitions in candlelight, with the Marc Quinn: Drawn From Life Candlelit Late on Friday 15 September, and a Georgian Christmas Late on Friday 15 December.