Sir John Soane’s Mu­seum

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Lon­don Founded in 1837 Num­ber of an­nual vis­i­tors: 121,000

Why it should win This is a mag­i­cal, cul­tural oa­sis in the midst of cor­po­rate Lon­don, even more so fol­low­ing its work (com­pleted last Septem­ber) restor­ing many of the in­te­rior spa­ces to how they would have looked when Sir John Soane, the neo­clas­si­cal ar­chi­tect who died in 1837, was alive. Gaz­ing upon the mag­nif­i­cent Hog­a­rth paint­ings, you can al­most be­lieve that you are back in the 1830s. This Ge­or­gian house is also home to some con­tem­po­rary in­ter­ven­tions: in 2016 it was the only UK venue to host sculp­tures from Sarah Lu­cas’s Bri­tish Pavil­ion from the 2015 Venice Bi­en­nale – and they looked right at home within the mu­seum’s un­usual spa­ces. Must-see The crypt with the sar­coph­a­gus of the Egyp­tian king Seti I, of the XIXTH dy­nasty, is ex­tra­or­di­nary.

Quirki­est ex­hibit Naked, head­less sculp­tures by Marc Quinn form part of the Drawn from Life ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs un­til 23 Septem­ber.

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