What our visitors say

  • “When you feel the world is going mad, come here. You will see that for years and all over the world, some people care for others. Humanity is good. Thanks to all these people.”
  • "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

Exhibition, Free

Wednesday 31st October - Friday 30th November

Exhibition: Badgers and Cadets commemorate the end of the First World War

To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, young St John Ambulance volunteers, known as Badgers and Cadets, have put together this fascinating exhibition about how St John Ambulance members in London and the South East were involved in the war effort. In the memorial garden, beside the gallery, there are also several silhouettes on the benches which are a commemorative installation to the fallen of the First World War, as part of a project by the charity Remembered called “There But Not There”.

Special Event

Friday 7th December - Sunday 9th December

HistFest A brand new three-day history festival

HistFest is a brand new three-day history festival that will entertain, educate and feature an eclectic mix of talks, panel discussions, workshops and live performances.  A number of events will take place at the Priory Church of the Order of St John.

The Festival will take place between 7th and 9th December and will take ‘history’ in its very fullest sense: there will be talks and panel discussions with academics, well-known historians, educators, authors, and heritage professionals. The festival will offer audiences a fascinating insight into the past and also address some of the big questions about the use and misuse of history on the world stage.

To find details of venues and speakers, and to book tickets visit the HistFest website.

Free Family Activity

Saturday 1st December - Saturday 22nd December

Help decorate our Christmas Tree

Pop in to St John’s Gate and help us to decorate our enormous Christmas Tree!

Create your own decoration to hang on the tree, before dressing up, testing your bandaging skills, and exploring the Museum with one of our free family trails.




Christmas closing times

The Museum will be shut for the festive season from Sunday 23rd December 2018 – Friday 4th January 2019.

Last day of opening: Saturday 22nd December 2018

Museum reopens: Saturday 5th January 2019

Guided tours will run as usual on both Saturdays.


  • 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



In Peace and War : St John After the Armistice

Museum of the Order of St John Isobel MacAuslan, Museum Assistant

Although the fighting ceased at 11am on 11th November 1918, the work of the Order of St John did not. The founders of St John Ambulance had been adamant that the organisation should provide aid in times of peace as well as war. With victory... Read more


St John and the First World War

Museum of the Order of St John Isobel MacAuslan, Museum Assistant

The contributions made by St John during the First World War were extensive. Within the first six months of the conflict, 12,000 trained volunteers had been mobilised. In total, 45,000 St John men and women participated in the war effort and 1,077... Read more

A black and white portrait photograph, half length, of a man with mostache in a uniform with hat and medals W.J. Church Brasier LDOSJ PHA427
Volunteering, Collection Highlights

'The Chief': W.J. Church Brasier (1856-1911)

Museum of the Order of St John Katherine Emery, Collections Volunteer

In the collections of the Museum of the Order of St John is a group of medals awarded to W.J. Church Brasier. His vast array of 14 medals and insignia as well as 11 miniatures - totaling 25 medals and insignia overall - provide a physical... Read more

Christ on a large cross. Two angels look down on him in prayer and symbol of the Order above him. Sculpture of the Crucifixion
Art, Conservation

Restoration of the Crucifixion Sculpture

Museum of the Order of St John Isobel MacAuslan, Museum Assistant

As you enter our Cloister Garden, you may have noticed the beautiful sculpture on the Eastern Wall depicting the Crucifixion. The sculpture presents Christ on the cross, surmounted by the Order’s eight-pointed cross on circular base, with angelic... Read more

A Roman vessel with a slightly asymmetrical bell-shaped base and an everted lip. Blue-green in colour. A Roman vessel from collection LDOSJ 5528.
History, Volunteering, Collection Highlights

A Box of Roman Glass - A Journey into Physical Deduction

Museum of the Order of St John Young-sam Winter, Collections Volunteer

This blog post is an account of the methods I used to approach the problem of how to learn about a group of objects for which you have no historical or contextual information. Through the study of the physical attributes of a selection of glassware I was able to talk about its likely use, methods of production and its status-level amongst other things. Read more


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: