The Museum of the Order of St John tells a unique and fascinating story — the story of the Order of St John — from its origins in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its role today with St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.
This story highlights how, from founding a hospital to care for sick pilgrims in eleventh century Jerusalem, St John has maintained its caring role to the present day, working on numerous humanitarian projects worldwide.
The Museum occupies two sites in Clerkenwell: St John’s Gate, which dates from 1504; and the Priory Church of St John with its surviving twelfth century Crypt.
What our visitors think
A very enjoyable tour. The guides were marvellous and knew what they were talking about. Look forward to another visit.
The Museum has a fabulous, well organised display; historic and clear, enjoyable to see.
Thank you to the kind man at reception who helped with Dad’s wheelchair! Great museum!
Visits to the Museum of the Order of St John are free of charge. For guided tours we suggest a donation of £5 (£4 concessions).
Sunday opening for the summer
In July August and September, the Museum of the Order of St John will also be open on Sundays, so visitors may enjoy the galleries seven days a week. Clerkenwell has many hidden delights to explore in addition to the Museum, and a quiet Sunday outing offers a leisurely visit without the crowds. Perhaps join a walking tour of the area to gain new perspectives on the history of this fascinating corner of London.
Why not come and join a friendly and growing team, and volunteer at the Museum?
The Museum of the Order of St John needs friendly, out-going volunteers to assist with front-of-house roles. You do not need previous museum experience, but you should enjoy meeting members of the public and relish the opportunity to help tell the story of the Order and St John Ambulance. Full training will be given. Volunteers need to be able to do one session per fortnight. To find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Caravaggio’s The Cardsharps
The first version of The Cardsharps, by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), has been placed on loan to the Museum of the Order of St John, London.
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10 Minute Talks
Find out more about the museum, the history of the Order of St John and St John Ambulance at our series of lunchtime talks. Further details can be found in the Event Diary.
The Museum is now on Twitter and Facebook. You can find us @StJohnsGate and www.facebook.com/museumoftheorderofstjohn