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Opening Times and Tickets TOP

We are normally open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm (last admission 4:30). We are closed Monday and Tuesday, but remain open on bank holidays.

Entry is free. There is no need to pre-book – you can walk in on the day.

If you wish to visit as a group of eight or more, you will need to get in touch with us.

Seasonal closure dates

Over the Christmas period, our opening days vary slightly. Take a look at the table below to plan your visit.

Every year, the Museum closes for one week in January, in order for our conservation team to carry out vital work. In 2023, we will close between Wednesday 11 and Sunday 15 January.

Works ongoing at the Soane TOP

From 10 January 2022, the Museum will start work on the restoration of John Soane’s architectural drawing office, at the back of the house. Some objects will be removed or covered in the Colonnade area and the casts that hang in the Office itself will be taken down for conservation and reinstalled in January 2023. The Drawing Office itself is not on the visitor route and we expect there to be minimal disruption to the visitor experience but please do get in touch if you have any questions about access or the collection during the works. 

Due to the potential risks posed by adjacent building works, the planes in the Picture Room will not be opened for visitors until the Drawing Office works conclude. We continue to open the planes on pre-booked guided tours.

Ways to explore TOP

Highlights Tour

The classic tour of the Museum, our Highlights Tour will transport you back to Regency London, taking you through Sir John Soane's extraordinary home, left as it was at the time of his death in 1837. This tour visits the Museum's main highlights and ventures into the Private Apartments.

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Private Apartments Tour

We are now providing daily tours of the Private Apartments, on the second floor. These were once the most intimate family spaces for Sir John and his wife Eliza, which have been lovingly restored to how they appeared when this unique Museum was a family home.

Our daily tours are led by our volunteers and start from the South Drawing Room on the first floor, at 2pm. Tours are expected to last for around 30 minutes. These free tours are not bookable in advance, and we can only take a maximum group size of eight into the Private Apartments, so we operate on a first-come first-served basis. 

If you would like to join, please ask the Visitor Assistant in the South Drawing Room to note your name.

Please note: our ability to provide these tours is subject to staff availability. When visiting us, please check with the Museum team to confirm if that day's tour is going ahead.

Private Tours and group bookings

If you are interested in exploring the Museum outside of our normal opening hours, read more about possible private tour options.

Group visits for between 8 and 20 people are welcome, but only on particular days and must be booked in advance. Here's everything you need to know about bringing a group to the Museum.

Bloomberg Connects - your free digital guide to the Museum

Discover the stories behind the Soane Museum with our new guide on the free Bloomberg Connects app.​ Bloomberg Connects, a free digital guide to cultural organizations, makes it easy to access and engage with arts and culture. Unique and exclusive multimedia guides, commentary from experts, and virtual activities offer insights into exhibitions and collections.

If you are using the app whilst visiting the Museum, we ask that you wear headphones whilst playing audio and video.

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Visiting Safely TOP

We ask our visitors to follow the below guidance during their visit to the Soane.

  • We request that visitors do not bring any luggage or large bags to the Museum. This includes; large rucksacks, suitcases, and bikes. As the Museum spaces are narrow and our museum objects are fragile, we will provide a clear plastic bag for any small items you’d like to carry. The dimensions of the bag are 375mm x 450mm + 75mm deep.
  • For the safety and comfort of everyone particularly in smaller spaces, we encourage visitors to wear a mask while exploring the Museum and to be considerate of others during your visit.
  • Please do not touch any doors or surfaces in the Museum.
  • We have restricted our visitor numbers to avoid spaces becoming crowded and for the safety of the collection itself.

Photography is permitted inside the Museum. Flash photography, filming your visit, tripods, selfie sticks, large cameras and phone calls are not permitted.

Entry to the Museum is through the original front door of No. 13. Visitors should expect to have to wait to enter some interiors and some may be visible only from behind stanchions.

Hand sanitiser is available, and we will continue with an enhanced cleaning regime for the toilets, frequent touch points and surfaces.

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.

Cloakroom and Luggage TOP

As the Museum spaces are narrow and our museum objects are fragile, we will provide a clear plastic bag for any small items you’d like to carry. The dimensions of the bag are 375mm x 450mm + 75mm deep.

The Museum’s cloakroom is very limited and we ask that visitors do not bring any luggage to the Museum. This includes large/camping rucksacks, suitcases, and bikes. The website stasher shows locations where you can pay a fee to leave luggage. For smaller rucksacks and bags there is a limited free cloakroom available.

Prams can be left in the space outside the Museum (within our gates but outdoors). Baby slings or on-person carriers are welcome inside the Museum.

Photography and Sketching TOP

Photography is permitted inside the Museum, though flash photography, filming your visit, tripods, selfie sticks and large cameras are not permitted. Phone calls are also not permitted inside the Museum.

Sharing your photos on Instagram or Twitter? Tag us at @SoaneMuseum or use #PhototheSoane and you could see your work shared on our feed.

Unfortunately, we do not currently permit sketching in the Museum.

Accessibility TOP

Visitors with disabilities are very welcome. To ensure your requirements are met during your visit, contact us in advance on 020 7405 2107 or email

Please note: due to a technical fault as of 11 October 2022, our visitor lift is currently out of order. Our apologies for any inconvenience. We endeavour to fix the fault as soon as possible.

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.

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