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

Special Event

Thursday 7th July

Cocktails in the Cloister

In partnership with The Gin Gardena pop-up botanical inspired cocktail bar is taking over our beautiful cloister garden. Enjoy a drink infused with the herbal delights of the Order of St Gin!

These are non-ticketed events and we expect them to be busy so, please arrive early to sample the full menu!

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The Chapter Hall ©MOSJ Click to expand image The Chapter Hall ©MOSJ
10 Minute Talk, Free

Wednesday 13th July

A Heraldic History

Discover more about the Order of St John, St John Ambulance and the history of Clerkenwell at our series of free lunchtime talks.

Around the panelling of the Chapter Hall at St John’s Gate are displayed the 64 coats of arms of every Grand Prior of the English Priory of Order of St John from 1143 to the present day. Taking over 20 years to complete, these finely painted arms provide many examples of interesting heraldic trends.

This talk will look at the arms of some notable Grand Priors, and at the same time, trace the history of the Order of St John in England.

The talk will meet at the Museum reception and take place in the Chapter Hall.

Special Event

Friday 15th July

Cocktails in the Cloister

In partnership with The Gin Gardena pop-up botanical inspired cocktail bar is taking over our beautiful cloister garden. Enjoy a drink infused with the herbal delights of the Order of St Gin!

These are non-ticketed events and we expect them to be busy so, please arrive early to sample the full menu!

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Storytelling © MOSJ Click to expand image Storytelling © MOSJ
Free Family Activity

Wednesday 27th July - Wednesday 31st August

Marvellous Mini Beasts

Every Wednesday afternoon throughout the summer holiday, families are invited to explore our beautiful garden and discover the magical herbs and marvellous mini beasts who call it home.

All activities are free although, as a charity, we welcome donations. The craft activities are drop-in and our storytelling sessions begin at 1:30pm.

Storytelling and Paint Play

Wednesday 27th July, 12:30pm – 3:30pm (Storytelling 1:30pm – 2:30pm)

Mini Beast Safari

Wednesday 3rd August, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Storytelling and Paint Play

Wednesday 10th August, 12:30pm – 3:30pm (Storytelling 1:30pm – 2:30pm)

Spider Crafts

Wednesday 17th August, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Storytelling and Paint Play

Wednesday 24th August, 12:30pm – 3:30pm (Storytelling 1:30pm – 2:30pm)

Finger-print Bumblebees

Wednesday 31st August, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

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St John Historical Society talk

Wednesday 21st September

The Contribution of the Order of St John to the formation of Ambulance Trains during the First World War Paul Gwilliam, Society Council Member

Talks and walks given by the Historical Society are for members only however, guests are welcome to attend their first talk for free on a drop-in basis. For more information about becoming a member of the Historical Society, 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. © MOSJ
  • View of the interior of the Crypt of the Priory Church of the Order of St John The Crypt. © MOSJ
  • View of the Link Gallery of the Museum of the Order of St John The Link Gallery. © MOSJ
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  • ALT= The Chapter Hall. © MOSJ

Blog

History

St John's Day

Museum of the Order of St John Katy Wild, Collections Volunteer

St John's Day is celebrated here in London with a ceremony that combines all the grandeur and pageantry of the Order of St John’s historical past with a contemporary message, relevant to members of the St John Ambulance today. [caption... Read more

Learning

“Time Detectives” and unearthing local archaeology at Clerkenwell

Museum of the Order of St John Nancy Mavroudi, Museum Assistant

We recently explored the archaeological secrets of the Order of St John’s past here in Clerkenwell during ‘Time Detectives’, one of our free drop-in family activities. Our younger visitors and their families were given the opportunity to dig... Read more

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Étaples Weekly Reports

Étaples Weekly Reports – 14th June, 1916

Museum of the Order of St John

For an introduction to this project, follow this link. In this report, the Director reports that everything at the Hospital is going smoothly, the Director General having visited recently and been satisfied with everything he saw. He recommends... Read more

Volunteering

The perks of a collection store volunteer at the Museum of St John of the Order of St John

Museum of the Order of St John Audrey-Ève L. Blouin, Collections Volunteer

I’ve been volunteering at the Museum for almost a year now, and it’s been a really amazing experience! The team is enthusiastic and dynamic, which means there’s always something interesting going on, and there are always new projects and ideas... Read more

Volunteering

Volunteering at the Museum of the Order of St John

Museum of the Order of St John Mike Cunvin, Collections Volunteer

I started as a Volunteer in the Museum Office in October 2015 having had a long association with the Order as a Member of St John Ambulance. This association started when I joined as a Cadet at 14 and continued until I retired as a Deputy Assistant... 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: