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Opening Times and Tickets TOP

We are normally open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm (last admission 4:15).

Entry is by a free timed ticket. Timed tickets are now available to book online.

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Seasonal closures

The Museum will be closed between the 12-16 January 2022, inclusive, in addition to normal closures on Mondays and Tuesdays.

From 10 January, the Museum will start work on the restoration of John Soane’s architectural drawing office, at the back of the house. This will mean a minor change to the visitor route while a staircase down to the basement is closed, from January to April 2022. 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 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.

Important works on loan

A Rake’s Progress by William Hogarth is currently on loan to the exhibition Hogarth and Europe at Tate Britain and can be viewed there until the show closes on 20 March 2022.

Other 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. The tour visits the Museum's main highlights and ventures into the Private Apartments.

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Highlights Films

You can also explore the Museum from home using our new Highlights Film. The Highlights Film takes you on a tour through the most special spaces and objects in the Museum, and costs £8.

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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 are a COVID-secure venue and have introduced measures to protect visitors during their visit to the Museum.

In line with government guidelines, we will keep your booking details for Test and Trace. We will also use the information you provide to send you a follow up visitor survey. To opt out of either, please email

We have introduced some new rules for visitors during the pandemic:

  • We ask that visitors do not bring any luggage or large bags to the Museum. This includes; 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.
  • Please arrive at the Museum for the date and time of your timed ticket, no more than five minutes before your time slot. There is no need to present your ticket.
  • For the safety and comfort of everyone, we encourage all 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 to avoid the possibility of any contamination.
  • We have restricted our visitor numbers to avoid spaces becoming crowded, but we ask that you keep your distance from other visitors, where possible, when inside the Museum.

Photography is permitted inside the Museum – please do share your images with us on social media by tagging @SoaneMuseum on Instagram or Twitter. 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 have 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. Show on Google Maps

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. Photographs of works in our current exhibition Pablo Bronstein: Hell in its Heyday are permitted for visitors’ own private and non-commercial purposes.

Sharing your photos on Instagram? Tag our profile @SoaneMuseum and 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

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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