Sir John Soane's Museum London Sir John Soane's Museum London

Sir John Soane's Museum London

The house and museum of the celebrated British architect Sir John Soane contains a compelling collection of antiquities, artworks, and architectural models.

Preserving the Work of One of the Great British Architects

Sir John Soane's Museum London

Sir John Soane (1753-1837) was one of the leading architects of the Regency era, a professor of architecture at the Royal Academy, and a dedicated collector of paintings, sculptures, architectural fragments and models, books, drawings, and furniture. Soane's success as an architect, coupled with his fascination with the history of architecture, inspired him to acquire and rebuild three buildings at Nos. 12, 13, and 14 Lincoln's Inn Fields, which he turned into his personal home, office, and a public museum, including a Picture Room for his growing painting collection. 

In 1833, Soane negotiated a private Act of Parliament: to preserve his house and collection precisely as it was at the time of his death and to keep it open and free to the public for inspiration and education. Today, the museum upholds Soane's wishes, as the three-building museum and its collection sit exactly as Soane had left it. Thanks to Soane's vision, the museum continues to inspire and educate the public with thousands of objects ranging from ancient Egyptian antiquities and Roman sculpture to models of contemporary buildings.

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