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Behind the Scenes Tour of the Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum

Saturday, 10 November 2012 from 14:30 to 15:30 (GMT)

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Museum

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Watercolour sketch of Soane's Bed Chamber


Ever wondered what happens in the parts of the Museum you don’t normally see? Book on our first ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour to head beyond the belled ropes and discover the spaces closed to the public.


You will be guided by a curator through Number 14, the final house that Soane designed in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, have a glimpse of the staff offices in the Museum and take a first peek at the spaces that will be developed in the next stage of building works – Soane’s private apartments.



Pre-booking is essential.  For further information, please email Beth Walker at or call 020 7440 4254.

No stilettos, because of potential damage to our historic floors.
Large bags may not be carried through the Museum.

For more information on the building works project, titled 'Opening Up the Soane', please follow this link:

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

Saturday, 10 November 2012 from 14:30 to 15:30 (GMT)

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Sir John Soane's Museum

Soane was born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, and died after a long and distinguished career, in 1837. Soane worked in the offices of George Dance (from 1768 to 1772) and Henry Holland (from 1772 to 1778), before establishing his own architectural practice.

John Soane studied architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and won the Academy's highest accolade, a three-year Travelling Scholarship. The Grand Tour changed his life forever. 

Soane designed this house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art. Here you will discover Egyptian antiquities, fragments of Greek and Roman architecture and friezes, cinerary urns, sarcophagus reliefs, and plaster casts, cork architectural models, classical bronzes, terracottas, vases and mosaics. 

After the death of his wife (1815), he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. Having been deeply disappointed by the conduct of his two sons, one of whom survived him, he determined to establish the house as a museum to which ‘amateurs and students’ should have access.  Soane left his house and collections as a gift to the nation, through an act of parliament.  When you enter, you will be transported back to 1837, the year Soane died.

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