Tours

Group looks at objects in the Monk's Parlour on a guided tour, led by Deputy Director Helen DoreySir John Soane’s Museum offers expert tours of its wonderful interiors.  There is so much to see that it is easy to miss some of the highlights as you explore the Museum unescorted – not least because the atmospheric historic spaces are preserved as they were when Soane died in 1837 and so there are no labels and panels.   Our guided tours offer fascinating insights into Soane’s life and collections.  Everyone who attends a tour will also receive a copy of 'A Short Guide', an invaluable guide to the Museum!

Highlights include Hogarth’s 'A Rake’s Progress' and 'An Election', Canaletto’s 'Riva degli Schiavoni looking West', the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, and of course the story of Soane's life and the history of the collection.

 

Tickets cost £10 per person (no concessions or refunds).  Each tour lasts an hour.  A limited number of tickets may be purchased on the door, 30 minutes before the tour begins.  Tuesday and Friday tours begin at 11.30am.  Wednesday and Thursday tours begin at 3.30pm.  

Our Saturday tours begin at 11am and cannot be pre-booked (except the tours in June, see below). Tickets may be purchased on the door, 30 minutes before the tour begins.

Throughout June (as part of the London Festival of Architecture) the regular Saturday tours will focus on the unique and important collection of models.  Sir John Soane’s Museum houses the largest collection of historic architectural models in the United Kingdom. Soane did much to revive the use of architectural models through his teaching at the Royal Academy as well as through his architectural practice.  Amongst the treasures on display in his romantic and poetic interiors are rare cork models of ancient Roman buildings and archaeological sites such as the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli, the Arch of Constantine and Pompeii as well as models of architectural projects undertaken by the Soane Office.

To book for our mid-week tours, or the Saturday June tours, please click on the calendar below on the date you wish to visit.  To select a different month click on the little > symbol in the right hand corner next to '2014'.  Below the calendar you will see the events which are happening on that day.  Select the Tours event.  Our Eventbrite page will pop up.  From the Eventbrite page, select the date you wish to come by clicking the v arrow which you will see to the right hand side of the words 'Ticket Information'  at the top of the page.  Select your date, then the quantity, then click 'order now'.  The page will then guide you through the payment process.  Tickets are non-refundable.  You may purchase a maximum of 12 tickets per order.  If you experience any problems with the calendar below please telephone 020 7440 4263 so that we can assist you.

 

We hold self-guided candlelit visits on the first Tuesday evening of every month.  Tickets are not bookable in advance.  Please see here.

 

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