I just recommend this very special home and collection to an English friend this week. It is one of two of my favorite museums. The other being The Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston. My problem with the large museums is that I am not an architect or historian and have no idea what in each room is the “not to missed” object and I get exhausted after a few rooms of trying to look at everything. Docents point out special things in each room, but the architect prefers to view the exhibits on his own. Sigh. . . Mr. Soane, architect and collector extraordinaire, renovated three row houses to hold all his treasures and that is easily visited. But be sure to look up and around in 360 degrees at all times. If you are in London, and have a chance, visit Sir John’s collection that even contains a pharaoh’s alabaster sarcophagus which was thought too pricey for the British Museum. You won’t be disappointed, I am certain.
Architect says that professors don’t get rich, but there are other perks to the job!
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