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Sir John Soane's Museum

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  • Sir John Soane's Museum, London, England

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Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Sir John (1753–1837), architect of the Bank of England, bequeathed his eccentric house to the nation on one condition: that nothing be changed. It's a house full of surprises. In the Picture Room, two of Hogarth's famous Rake's Progress paintings swing away to reveal secret gallery recesses where you can find works by Canaletto and Turner. Everywhere, mirrors play tricks with light and space, and split-level floors worthy of a fairground funhouse disorient you. Restoration work has opened up Soane's private apartments to the public, but they can only be viewed as part of a first-come, first-served tour (Tuesday–Saturday at 1 and 2 pm).

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13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP, England

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Sight Details:

  • Free; guided tours £10

Published 08/30/2016


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