The museum has announced that it will be opening its doors to the public again from the 1st October – with all necessary precautions in place.

Photo by Derry Moore

The house and museum of Regency architect Sir John Soane is set to reopen and welcome visitors this Autumn, with a number of precautions in place to help maintain social distancing.

Based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, Sir John Soane’s Museum will initially allow visitors in on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11am-4pm, with free timed tickets which must be booked online in advance. 

Due to the nature and layout of the Museum, a number of other changes will be implemented upon opening. These include a one-way route around the collection, entry to smaller spaces such as the Picture Room will be restricted (though wherever possible these will still be visible behind stanchions), Regular cleaning of touch-points and surfaces and visitors are advised to wear face coverings when visiting.

Meanwhile, the museum will reopen to the public with the exhibition Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth which has been extended to run until the 3rd January 2021. The exhibition focuses on the art of contemporary artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell reflects on the capacities of architecture to bear witness to the social, cultural, political, economic and technological relationships that define contemporary society. 

Dr Bruce Boucher, Deborah Loeb Brice Director, says: “The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers remains our top priority, and whilst our historic spaces present particular issues, we are confident that we will be ready to open safely in the autumn. We look forward to once more welcoming our visitors to this magical building, and in the meantime hope visitors both here and all over the world enjoy seeing our Museum in different ways online.”

To find out more about the museum visit: https://www.soane.org/