Calling on Sir John Soane

London is filled with an endless supply of quirky museums and on this trip, we found one right out of an HP Lovecraft story. One of England’s great architects, Sir John Soane (1753-1837), collects artifacts from around the world, decorates every wall, ceiling and floor of his home with them and opens his doors to the public. He turns the wine cellar into a Roman burial crypt, complete with an Egyptian sarcophagus. And in his yard, he buries an imaginary monk in the ruins of his imaginary monastery. Soane’s collection remains just where it was when he died in 1837. If Indiana Jones had a great-great-grandfather, the Soane Museum is where you would find him. Yes, it’s free, but you should buy a guide book or something from the gift shop to support the ongoing upkeep and restoration of this awesome home. (Photo courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum)

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