What our visitors say

  • “A very enjoyable tour. The guides were marvellous. I look forward to another visit.”
  • "Lovely visit, my 5 year old son enjoyed the children's activity trail which we did together - very engaging, thank you!"
  • "Thank you to the kind man at reception who helped with Dad’s wheelchair! Great museum!"
  • "St John Ambulance saved my life on 1st March 2015 so I came here to learn more. Keep up the good work!"

News and events

Free Family Activity

Monday 4th December - Saturday 23rd December

Help decorate our Christmas Tree!

Get creative with sparkly stars, fluffy poms, festive ribbons, and brightly coloured pens. Throughout December we’re inviting families to drop-in and help us to decorate our very tall Christmas tree.

Panorama of Jerusalem by Tristram Ellis, 1897 (LDOSJ 1059)  Click to expand image Panorama of Jerusalem by Tristram Ellis, 1897 (LDOSJ 1059)
Exhibition, Free

Saturday 2nd September - Friday 22nd December

Holy City, Holy War: Devotion to the Sacred in Crusader Jerusalem

For the past two years the Museum of the Order of St John has collaborated with the University of Birmingham on the Bearers of the Cross: Material Religion in the Crusading World, 1095–c.1300 research project, thanks to generous funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The project has been exploring the devotional worlds of medieval crusaders through a wide-ranging examination of texts, images and objects. Researchers have been studying the ritual practices crusaders observed, the religious artefacts they treasured, and the sacred spaces they shaped and were shaped by. Central to this work has been a fresh examination of the medieval collections of the Museum of the Order of St John.

Holy City, Holy War: Devotion to the Sacred in Crusader Jerusalem will present some of the highlights from the museum’s medieval and post-medieval collections and introduce some of the themes that have been at the heart of the project’s research.

To find out more about the project, the exhibition, and the museum’s medieval collections, please visit www.bearersofthecross.org.uk and follow @CrusaderMatter on Twitter.

Christmas Closure

The Museum will be closed to the public for Christmas from Sunday 24th December 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018. It will reopen on Monday 8th January and regular opening hours of 10.00am-5.00pm from Monday to Saturday will resume at this point.

10 Minute Talk

Wednesday 10th January

The Revels Office at the Priory of St John

For many years, the Revels Office under Queen Elizabeth I and King James I was situated in the old Priory buildings of the Order of St John. The Revels Office, and its overseer the Master of the Revels, played a vital role in court entertainments, and in the development of public and private theatrical performances. William Shakespeare was one of many playwrights who came with their companies to have their plays approved by the Master of the Revels.

Join us for this free 10 minute talk and learn about how the buildings of the Order of St John played host to this fascinating period of English theatrical history!

  • View of the interior of the Priory Church of the Order of St John The Priory Church of the Order of St John. Photography by Shaun Le Gassick
  • View of the interior of the Crypt of the Priory Church of the Order of St John The Crypt. Photography by Shaun Le Gassick
  • View of the Link Gallery of the Museum of the Order of St John The Link Gallery. © MOSJ
  • ALT= The Cloister Garden. © MOSJ
  • ALT= The Chapter Hall. © MOSJ

Blog

History

Resuscitation practices of old: The Trotting Horse Method.

Museum of the Order of St John Judi McGinley, Museum Assistant

The Trotting Horse Method of resuscitation dates back to the early 19th century and was used to revive near-drowning victims who came a cropper while swimming in Europe's inland waterways. The victim would be draped over the back of a horse which... Read more

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You comment, we respond.

Museum of the Order of St John Judi McGinley, Museum Assistant

Visitor comment: Really interesting and very child friendly! Love the Christmas decoration making table. What a wonderful idea. I was able to sit and read the papers while my daughters were happily crafting away. Our response: Thank you. We are... Read more

ALT="historic gold coin with shield decoration" ©Museum of the Order of St John, London/Jack Hanson 2017
History, Volunteering, Collection Highlights

Gold Coins

Museum of the Order of St John Jack Hanson, Collections Volunteer

Gold coins, being of the highest worth, often demonstrate the most developed iconography. Read more

History

Resuscitation practices of old: The Barrel method of resuscitation and tobacco smoke enemas!

Museum of the Order of St John Judi McGinley, Museum Assistant

The Barrel method of resuscitation was a medical procedure that was popular during the early to mid 1700s. This method  involved the victim being lifted up and draped over the side of a large barrel. The patient would then be  pulled back... Read more

Black and white photograph of the Jerusalem Tavern circa 1890 Photograph of St John’s Gate c. 1850
Wednesday Talks

From Priory to Pub

Museum of the Order of St John Hannah Agass, Learning and Access Officer

In 1504, St John’s Gate was built as the new southern entrance to the inner precinct of the Priory of the Order of St John. The Priory, established in the mid twelfth century, was the Order of St John’s English headquarters. It was an extensive... Read more

Sponsors

The Museum of the Order of St John would like to thank all those who have supported and continue to support its work. In particular, the Museum would like to thank the following for their generosity: