The building itself is also part of Soane’s work, with highlights including a unique geometric staircase and an exquisite mirrored dome ceiling in the Breakfast Room. Furnished with Soane’s personal collection of artwork and antiques, the house is a trove of eccentricities featuring giant Egyptian sarcophagus, Roman busts and Napoleon-era memorabilia, alongside quirkier artifacts like Sir John’s false teeth and a portrait of his wife’s pet dog. The museum’s enduring charm is its peculiarity but sift through the oddities and you’ll uncover plenty of treasures - drawings by Christopher Wren, masterpieces by Canaletto and Turner and a set of William Hogarth cartoons, are all on display.
The museum, including a brand new temporary exhibition gallery, is open from Tuesday to Saturday, but the most atmospheric time to visit is the first Tuesday of each month, when a special candle-lit viewing takes place.
Tours & Tickets
Discover London's wealth of history and culture in style on a private walking tour of the British Museum, with an art historian to guide you. You will enjoy ... Read more
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)