Sir John Soane's Museum is befittingly at the former home of the neo-classical architect Sir John Soane, displaying some of the eclectic objects he collected during his lifetime, including the Egyptian alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I with hieroglyphics, Roman mosaics, Pompeii bronzes, drawings by Christopher Wren, and paintings by artists such as Turner, Canaletto and William Hogarth. The paintings are arranged on folding wooden panes which efficiently accomodate far many more images than other galleries with similar space constraints. There is a display of some of Soane's architectural plans on the upper floor, among which the Bank of England models are noteworthy.
Lincoln's Inn Fields WC2A 3BP
Nearest Transit: Holborn (Lines: Central, Piccadilly)
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