Fodor's Expert Review Sir John Soane's Museum

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Sir John Soane's Museum, London, England

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. Although entry to the house is free (with a suggested donation), you must book timed tickets at least a day in advance online or over the phone. There's a free 30-minute tour of Soane's lovingly restored private apartments every day at 2 pm and a 75-minute Highlights Tour that encompasses both the treasures of the museum and the private quarters (£16).

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


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free; guided tours £16, Closed Mon. and Tues.

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