Opening times TOP

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00.
Last entry at 16:30.

Open on Bank Holidays, 10:00 - 17:00.

Closed 24, 25, 26, 31 December and 1 January
Also closed from 7 January - 15 January inclusive for conservation and repair work.

Admission is free.



Getting here TOP

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

By tube
Holborn (for Central and Piccadilly lines) is a short 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
Sardinia Street and Portugal Street docking stations for Santander Cycles, or park your own bike at Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
By car
We are in the congestion charge zone, with a few pay-and-display parking spaces and green-badge bays in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

What to Expect TOP

We are a small, but very popular museum housed in an 19th-century townhouse – that means, sometimes, there’ll be a short queue outside.

Our friendly Visitor Assistants will greet you at the entrance. Because some areas of the Museum are narrow and filled with objects, they will give you a clear plastic bag for any small items you’d like to carry, and will store larger bags in our cloakroom. Unfortunately, we can’t take suitcases, large rucksacks, prams or bikes.

We also ask you to turn off phones. Photography is not permitted as this maintains the unique, magical atmosphere inside.

We welcome drawing with pencil in the museum, but sketching is not permitted at weekends. Drawing pads must be A4 size or smaller.

There are lots of stairs inside, but we have step-free access. If you need assistance, please contact us ahead of your visit by calling 020 7405 2107 to discuss your needs.

The Picture Room TOP

The Picture Room was in built in 1824 with an inventive system of hanging paintings; Soane used movable planes to allow him to fit 118 paintings, about a quarter of his entire art collection, in a small 13-by-12-foot room. To protect Sir John Soane’s original moveable planes and the watercolours behind them, the Visitor Assistant in the Picture Room will opening one set of planes at hourly intervals.

Please note these times are guidelines only, subject to change and availability.

Wednesday - Friday:

10:30 - 10:40  Rake's Progress
11:30 - 11:40  Nymph's Recess
12:30 - 12:40  Rake's Progress
13:30 - 13:40  Nymph's Recess
14:30 - 14:40  Rake's Progress
15:30 - 15:40  Nymph's Recess
16:30 - 16:40  Rake's Progress

Saturday and Sunday:

10:30 - 10:40  Rake's Progress
11:30 - 11:40  Nymph's Recess
12:30 - 12:40  Rake's Progress
13:30 - 13:40  Nymph's Recess
14:00 - 14:10  Rake's Progress
14:30 - 14:40  Nymph's Recess
15:00 - 15:10  Rake's Progress
15:30 - 15:40  Nymph's Recess
16:00 - 16:10  Rake's Progress
16:30 - 16:40  Nymph's Recess

Shop TOP

Our shop has a wide range of gift ideas to suit all ages and pockets - from bespoke jewellery and beautiful books, to exclusive products inspired by our collection. Visit during Museum opening hours or shop online. Every purchase supports the Museum. 

Cafe TOP

​We’ve partnered with Benugo to offer our visitors discount vouchers at Fields Bar & Kitchen, nestled in the greenery of Lincoln’s Inn Fields just opposite the Museum.