Sir John Soane's Museum

Opening Up The Soane

As the first phase of a major capital restoration the Museum wishes to create a new visitor reception and shop, a new exhibition gallery, and its first purpose built conservation studio at No.12 Lincoln's Inn Fields. The best house museum in the about to get better.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011

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Sir John Soane's Museum is an institution under pressure. Visitor numbers reached a peak of 96,000 in 2009, which places an unprecedented strain on this grade 1 listed buildings. Increased visitor numbers place physical stress on the fabric of the Museum and its collections. Inadequate reception facilities mean that visitor experience is less inviting than it could be. There is no provision for access for disabled visitors.


The renovation of No.12 Lincoln's Inn Fields, a Soane designed house which has been part of the Museum since 1969, will ease the problems posed by increased visitor numbers in several ways. New reception and cloakroom facilities will reduce queuing and congestion in the hall of No.13. The new conservation studio will allow for better care of the collection and buildings than ever before. Two new lifts will facilitate disabled access to all public areas of the Museum for the first time.