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

Exhibition, Free

Friday 16th February - Thursday 22nd February

Designing Interpretation

Re-discover the Museum’s unique collection of objects spanning almost 1000 years.

3D Design students from Camberwell College of Arts have devised new and imaginative ways of engaging visitors with some of our most fascinating objects. For one week only, come and explore the Museum and experience our collections in a whole new light with help from the Camberwell students.

A number of works will be on display for the duration of the exhibition. At scheduled times others will be on display with students on hand to discuss their work, and help visitors to engage with our collections. Please check the Museum’s Facebook page and Twitter feed throughout the week for details.


St John Historical Society talk

Wednesday 14th March

Israel/Palestine: History is still undecided St John Historical Society evening talk

The talk with Afif Safieh will provide the historical background of the conflict in this region, where the Order still runs a Hospital in Jerusalem. It will cover the peace process, from breakthrough to breakdown.

Afif Safieh has an extensive background in international diplomacy and has spoken at venues including The Vatican, so this promises to be a stimulating and informative talk.

Guests are welcome to attend their first historical society event for free on a drop-in basis. To find out more about Historical Society membership please click here.

  • 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


History, Wednesday Talks

Barbara Cartland and St John Ambulance: Love and Devotion

Museum of the Order of St John Justin Bailey, Museum Office Assistant

Barbara Cartland was at one time among the best-known media personalities in Britain. Famed for her prolific output as a writer, she published some 700 romance novels in her lifetime and was dubbed the “Queen of Romance” by Vogue... Read more


Reimaging and Reimagining our Coin Collections

Museum of the Order of St John Justin Bailey - museum office assistant

The Museum of the Order of St John has a unique collection of coins dating from the 12th to the 16th Centuries, representing some of the many kingdoms and principalities which sprang into existence across the Mediterranean and the Near East during... Read more

Human_Laundry,_Belsen-_April_1945_By Doris Zinkeisen Human Laundry, Bergen-Belsen Concentration camp- April 1945, by Doris Zinkesen. Public domain image obtained from http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib//162/media-162229/large.jpg

Human Laundry and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

Museum of the Order of St John Sharda Rozena, Museum Assistant

In 1945 Doris Zinkeisen was one of the first war artists to depict the human tragedy of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp immediately after its liberation. Read more

Wednesday Talks

The Zinkeisen Sisters: Behind the Glitz and the Glamour!

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

They were talented, vivacious, stylish and sassy, and the toast of London's society. They were the Zinkeisen sisters. Doris and Anna Zinkeisen were the bright young things of the art world during the 1920s and 30s, and rubbed shoulders with the... Read more


You comment, we respond.

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

Visitor comment: Pretty good, I guess. You need more focus on Malta and the siege. You don't seem to have that many related objects on display.   Our response: With such a long and diverse history and limited gallery space, it would be... 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: