on March 23, 2002
Sir John Soane's Museum is one of the most serendipitous museums in London. The museum is housed in a private home, that of Sir John Soane. After his wife's death, Soane spent a lifetime amassing the diverse collection, leaving it to the nation upon his death in 1837 with the stipulation that nothing in the collection be moved, removed, or tampered with. What this means is that stepping through the museum's door entails a trip back in time to pre-Victorian England. The building itself is as quirky as its architect owner/designer was, with a number of architecture surprises. This is the sort of place to go on a rainy afternoon and indulge in pensive thoughts on mortality and human nature. The museum is free Tuesday through Saturday; for a special time trip, go on the first Tuesday evening of the month from 6-9, when parts of the collection are lit by candlelight. Enjoy a stroll in the nearby Lincoln's Inn Field before or after a visit, or combine it with a trip to the Temple Bar.
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