We are delighted to welcome visitors back to Sir John Soane's Museum from 1 October 2020. In October the Museum will be open Thursday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm and in November Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Please note, if you are booking tickets for 3:15pm admission that the Museum closes at 4:00pm.
We are a COVID-secure venue so we can continue to welcome visitors while London is in Tier 2 alert level. Please check the latest government guidelines and only visit the Museum with people inside your household or support bubble.
To ensure visitors can explore the Museum safely whilst maintaining social distancing, it is necessary to book a free timed ticket in advance to enter. As part of the booking process, to ensure compliance with government guidelines we will keep your contact details for Test and Trace purposes for 21 days. We will also send you a follow up visitor survey. To opt-out of either please email email@example.com.
Entry to the Museum is through the original front door of No. 13, with a one-way route around the Museum. Entry to the smaller spaces of the Picture Room and Monk’s Parlour will be restricted. Visitors should expect to have to wait to enter some interiors and some may only be visible from behind stanchions.
Hand sanitiser is available, and we have an enhanced cleaning regime for the toilets, frequent touch points and surfaces. Our staff and volunteers are provided with personal protective equipment.
When visiting the Museum, we ask that visitors:
- Arrive at the Museum for the date and time of your ticket, no more than five minutes before your time slot. There is no need to present your ticket
- Wear a face covering, unless exempt
- Maintain physical distancing from staff and other visitors
- Our cloakroom is currently closed, so we ask that visitors do not bring any luggage or large bags to the Museum, this includes: rucksacks, suitcases, prams and bikes. As the Museum spaces are narrow and our Museum objects are fragile, we will provide a clear plastic bag for any small items you’d like to carry. The dimensions of the bag are 375mm x 450mm + 75mm deep
- Photography is permitted with small cameras or mobile phones inside the Museum, but flash photography, tripods, selfie sticks and large cameras are not permitted
What does 'No times available' mean when I am trying to book?
That date is now sold out. Please choose another date.
What should I do if I feel unwell?
If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, please contact us to cancel your ticket and delay your visit until it is safe to come.
What should I do if I cant attend?
If you decide to cancel your visit to the Museum, we encourage you to notify us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so we can re-release the time slot for another visitor.
Why has Sir John Soane’s Museum introduced timed ticketing?
Visitor numbers are being limited to ensure effective social distancing measures can be taken and to keep everyone safe. By booking timed tickets, visitors will be able to guarantee an entry time to the Museum and will be able to experience our magical interiors in a very special way with reduced visitor numbers
Where can I learn about getting to the Museum, photography policy, the cloakroom and so on?
For more information about your visit and to find accessibility information, please go to our Plan Your Visit page.
I have a disability or access requirements. Do I book a timed ticket or should I call beforehand?
Due to the step free route around our historic building and social distancing, it is required that you contact us in advance to ensure that we have the resources to assist you on your visit. Please contact us on 020 7405 2107 or email email@example.com.
Is entry to the Museum still free?
Yes. Donations can be added when choosing an entry time slot. All donations support our work inspiring our visitors, educating children and young people, and caring for the Museum. Your gift, whatever its size makes a real difference and is gratefully received.
Can I get a timed ticket on the day?
There may be a small number of tickets available for people who arrive on the day without a ticket. However, there is no guarantee that walk-in entry will be possible, or there may be a substantial wait until the next free slot. To avoid disappointment, we recommend booking a free timed ticket.
Once I am inside, how long can I stay in the Museum?
Visits to the Museum will now be limited to an hour.
What happens if I miss my entry time?
Latecomers may not be admitted but we will do our best to welcome visitors in as and when the capacity of the Museum permits. If the time slot has not sold out then you will be allowed to enter.
I have an ICOM card. Do I need a timed ticket?
Yes, ICOM card holders still need to book timed tickets, which are free. Timed tickets allow us to regulate numbers in the Museum and prevent overcrowding. We are not able to give priority to ICOM card holders due to the limited visitor numbers.
I am a member of the Friends of the Soane or Patrons Circle. Do I need a timed ticket?
We look forward to welcoming back our Friends and Patrons to the Museum. As timed tickets allow us to regulate numbers in the Museum, we do require Friends and Patrons to book timed tickets before their visit, but our Development team are on hand to help our supporters should they need any specific help. You can contact María López-Monís on 07718905987 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do children require timed tickets?
Yes, children still require timed tickets.
I want to book a timed ticket for someone else.
To book a timed ticket as a gift for someone else, simply book the ticket in their name and forward them the confirmation email.
Will toilets be available?
There are toilet and baby changing facilities and an accessible toilet for you during your visit. We have enhanced our hygiene regime and these will be cleaned throughout the day.
Is there a café in the museum?
No, but there are many cafes in close proximity to the Museum.