Sir John Soane’s Museum offers expert tours of its wonderful interiors. There is so much to see that it is easy to miss some of the highlights as you explore the Museum unescorted – not least because the atmospheric historic spaces are preserved as they were when Soane died in 1837 and so there are no labels and panels. Take one of our Saturday or mid-week tours to get the most from your visit and gain some fascinating insights into Soane’s life and collections.
Highlights of these wonderful tours include Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress and An Election, Canaletto’s Riva degli Schiavoni looking West, the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, and of course the story of Soane's life and the history of the collection. Soane gave tours of his collections, and so we continue his tradition for you to experience the house as he intended, without labels or interactive screens. To preserve the atmosphere of 1837, we ask that you turn off mobile phones, tablets and cameras.
Mid-week tours are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tickets cost £10 per person (no concessions or refunds). Tuesday and Friday tours begin at 11.30am. Wednesday and Thursday tours begin at 3.30pm. Each tour lasts an hour. Tickets may be purchased in advance online. A limited number of tickets may be purchased on the door, 30 minutes before the tour begins.
Sir John Soane's Museum
"This little museum is one of the most atmospheric
and fascinating in London" Lonely Planet
Sir John Soane's house, museum and library at No.13 Lincoln's Inn Fields has been a public museum since the early 19th century. Preserved as it was at the time of his death in 1837, the Museum displays his outstanding and eclectic collection of artefacts including paintings, sculpture, drawings, furniture and even a sarcophagus of an ancient Egyptian king.
The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturdays (except Bank Holidays) 10am-5pm, and entry is free.