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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane (1753-1837) was a leading British architect and art collector of his day. Born in Goring, near London, the son of a bricklayer, Soane eventually came to study architecture at the Royal Academy, winning a scholarship which enabled him to travel and study in Italy.


Sir John Soane's most famous building was the Bank of England, where a statue of Soane can still be seen, though most of his work was demolished in the early 20th century.

The Sir John Soane's Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields is a house built by Soane after he acquired numbers 12, 13 and 14 Lincoln's Inn Fields and extended his property to house his growing collection of art and antiquities.

The museum houses a research library containing Soane's collection of 30,000 drawings and 10,000 books as well as a small shop.

Other attractions in London close to Sir John Soane's Museum by tube, bus or on foot include the British Museum, Dr. Johnson's House, the Post Office Tower, Russell Square, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben or farther afield Buckingham Palace.

The nearest underground station to the Sir John Soane's Museum is Holborn on the Piccadilly and Central lines.

Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3BP

Tel: 020 7405 2107

Sir John Soane’s Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10-5pm; admission is free.

Sir John Soane's Museum Map

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