Opening times TOP

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm​
Last entry at 4.30pm

Open on most Bank Holidays

Entry 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 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.

By bike
Sardinia Street and Portugal Street docking stations for Santander Cycles, or park your own bike at Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Cloakroom and Luggage TOP

Because some areas of the Museum are narrow and filled with objects, our friendly Visitor Assistants will give you a clear plastic bag for any small items you’d like to carry. We can store items that will not fit into the plastic bags in our cloakroom but unfortunately do not have space for large objects such as suitcases, large rucksacks, prams or folding bikes.

Mobile phones, photography, and sketching TOP

Mobile phones and photography are not permitted inside the Museum. This is due to the narrow spaces of the Museum and to reduce queuing inside the Museum. We do allow photographs to be taken on our Soane Lates.

We welcome sketching with pencil in the museum on weekdays, with drawing pads of A4 size or smaller. Sketching is not permitted at weekends.

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 into 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 open the Nymph's Recess set of planes at intervals throughout the day.

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

Wednesday - Friday:

11:00 - 11:15: Rake's Progress
12:00 - 12:15: Nymph's recess
13:00 - 13:15: Rake's Progress
14:00 - 14:15: Nymph's recess
15:00 - 15:15: Rake's Progress
16:00 - 16:15: Nymph's recess 

Saturday and Sunday:

11:00 - 11:15: Rake's Progress
12:00 - 12:15: Nymph's recess 
13:00 - 13:15: Rake's Progress 
14:00 - 14:15: Nymph's recess
14:30 - 14:45: Rake's Progress
15:00 - 15:15: Nymph's recess
15:30 - 15:45: Rake's Progress
16:00 - 16:15: Nymph's recess
16:30 - 16:45: Rake's Progress

Accessibility TOP

Visitors with disabilities are very welcome; we do however require that you contact us in advance on 020 7405 2107 or email to ensure we are able to facilitate your visit. Please read our access page for full details of what to expect when visiting the Museum.

Read more about access at the Museum

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.