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Group visits are a great way to discover the collections and spaces of Sir John Soane's Museum. On this page, you'll find information on visiting the Museum as a group, including group tours and visits for non profits, schools and universities.

Group Visits for non-profits and cultural organisations

Groups of 8 to 20 people from not-for-profit educational or cultural organisations are very welcome to visit the Soane Museum.

Booking is essential. Group visit slots are available on Fridays at 10:00, 14:00, and 15:30. Visits are free, but as a charity we’d really appreciate a donation to support our work.

Please note that external guides are not permitted inside the Museum. You can request an introductory talk by one of our expert guides for £50.

Book your group visit here, or send your enquiry to our Head of Operations Markand Patel via mpatel@soane.org.uk.

Higher Education groups

We can offer alternative times for Higher Education groups if the group booking slots are not a possibility for your timetable. These are subject to availability. For enquiries, please contact mpatel@soane.org.uk.

Higher Education groups can pre-arrange teaching sessions in the Museum's research library as part of their group visit. These can be pre-arranged on available Friday afternoons any time between 14:00 and 17:00. To arrange a library session, book a group visit, and then email Frances Sands, Curator of Drawings and Books, at fsands@soane.org.uk in order to discuss the feasibility and content of the session. Library group numbers are limited to 12. Suggested minimum donation of £50.

Private Tours

Groups can book private tours of the Museum, with exclusive access to one of our expert guides.

Private tours can be booked during opening hours, or in the morning or evening when the Museum is closed to the public.

Find out more about Private Tours

Schools

The Museum runs visits and activities for school groups across Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and beyond. To find out more, visit our Schools page or email Tallulah Smart, our Learning Officer, at tsmart@soane.org.uk.

Visit our Schools page

Highlights and Private Apartments Tour

Groups of less than 8 people can book onto one of our public, guided Highlights and Private Apartments Tours.

Led by one of the Museum's expert guides, Highlights and Private Apartments Tours take visitors on an hour-long journey through the Museum and uncover the stories behind its treasures, including the Picture Room, the Egyptian Sarcophagus of Seti I, and the Private Apartments.

Highlights and Private Apartments Tours have a capacity of 8 visitors and are very popular. This means availability might be limited. Visit the tours page to check availability and book. Tickets are £16 per person.

Book a Highlights and Private Apartments Tour