United Kingdom

13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7405 2107

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane (1753-1837) was one of England’s greatest architects. Soane designed his own house on Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, filling it with a remarkable collection of art, sculpture, books, drawings and models. According to his instructions, and protected with an Act of Parliament, the house became a public museum after his death for the benefit of ‘students and amateurs of art and architecture’.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (1)

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Permanent Collection

The collection includes paintings by Hogarth, Canaletto, Turner and Reynolds; antique sculpture; plaster casts; architectural models and an Egyptian sarcophagus. The objects are arranged in a labyrinth of top-lit spaces decorated with hundreds of mirrors.


Visions of World Architecture
John Soane's Royal Academy Lecture Illustrations
An Exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum from 12 January to 28 April 2007

Previous Exhibitions

First and Last Loves
John Betjeman and Architecture

An exhibition at the Soane Gallery from 8 September to 30 December 2006.

Soane's Magician:
The Tragic Genius of Joseph Michael Gandy

An exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum from 31 March to 12 August 2006

Pistrucci's Capriccio: a Rediscovered
Masterpiece of Regency Sculpture

An exhibition in the North Drawing Room at Sir John Soane's Museum from 1 February to 18 March 2006

Forthcoming exhibitions

Soane and Turner:
Illuminating a Friendship
An exhibition in the Old Kitchen at Sir John Soane's Museum from 26 January to 5 May 2007.

In January 2007 the Soane will be mounting a dramatic and enticing show on the theme of the relationship between John Soane and J M W Turner. The display will include a number of important paintings on loan from the Tate including the large Forum Romanum for Mr Soane's Museum (pictured), painted for Soane but then rejected by him. The exhibition will take place in an additional temporary gallery in the basement of the Museum, complementing our main exhibition Visions of World Architecture in the Soane Gallery.


Admission is free.

Opening hours

The Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and on from 6pm to 9pm on the first Tuesday of the month when some rooms are lit by candlelight.

Getting there

We are just a short walk from Holborn Tube Station on the Central Line.

To plan your journey on public transport visit the Transport for London Journey Planner page.


The Museum has limited disabled access. Wheelchair uses should telephone in advance for advice. Please contact Julie Brock on +44 (0) 20 7440 4263.

Museum internal and external photos (13)

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News and events

Saturday Lecture Tour
A member of the curatorial staff gives a lecture tour of the Museum to members of the public at 2.30 on Saturday afternoons. There is a small charge of £3 and the tickets are available to the first 22 people after 2.00. Students and children are free. No advanced bookings.


Groups of 6 or more (max 25) must book in advance. For more details see