Sir John Soane, the eminent English architect and designer of the Bank of England, couldn't resist buying anything that ... More
Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John Soane, the eminent English architect and designer of the Bank of England, couldn't resist buying anything that might be a collectible. His house is now a museum in which you can peruse his phenomenal collection of art and antiques from around the world. Inside you'll find Monument Court, the Egyptian Crypt, and a mock-medieval ruin of a Monk's parlor and cloister. The architecture of the house, especially the lovely colored skylights, is also worth checking out.
This place dazzles and amazes. Forget what you know about museums. Instead come prepared to look out every window and look up in every room. The museum attendants are truly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. And when you're done here, go straight across Lincoln's Inn Fields to the Hunterian Museum at the Royal Academy of Surgeons. It'll make for a day of the most curious of collections.
While visiting London for the first or 50th time, I urge you to make time for the eclectic "SIR JOHN SOANE's MUSEUM". When a colleague adamantly told me this was a "MUST",I was skeptical. I'm thrilled to have experienced this gem and can't wait to return.
Sir John Soanes was one of GB's foremost architects. He designed buildings such as the Bank of England and also taught architecture. Soane's bequeathed his London home as a museum, to be kept in the condition as when he was alive. His home/museum today is a breathtaking trip into days past. Soane's had the most magnificent collections...architectural design pieces hang everywhere...books, pictures...collections grouped together taking one's breath away. You need not be an architect or artist or collector to be enveloped by the warmth, charm and exquisite detailing of Sir John's home. I was amazed that children 8 and up were so fascinated by the rooms and floors of mind-boggling pieces.
There is no entrance fee, but kind people will donate a pound or two for the museum's upkeep. A lovely, tiny gift shop sits in one of the rooms with pretty postcards, books, notepaper and such. Soane's Museum faces a lovely little park and is close to Charles Dicken's home, should you want to drop in on him as well. Easy to find taxis and tube.
ENJOY and pass the word!
The Sir John Soane Museum is my favorite spot in London to visit. An eccentric collector and a genius architect, the place is packed with treasures of all kinds. Be sure to see the hinged panels in the Picture Gallery Room (ask one of the guides to demonstrate). Mere words do not do justice to this incredible museum. A must see at any price (I can't believe it is free admission!). Be warned it is a bit tricky to find, however--make sure you have a good map and/or good directions.
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