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

Late at the Gate

Wednesday 6th December - Thursday 7th December

Late at the Gate Ye Olde Tavern Quiz: Christmas Special

Music, merriment, and a chance to test your general knowledge in the former home of Charles Dickens’ favourite boozer, the Jerusalem Tavern. So don’t be a scrooge, grab yourself a drink from the bar and enjoy some festive nibbles, live music and a jovial quiz with friends, Tis the season after all!

Team Tickets cost £36 (maximum team size 6 people) and can be purchased here.

*Quiz will begin at 7pm although arrive early for a pint and a head start. Festive nibbles will be provided. 

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.

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.

Public Tour Cancellation

Due to a private event taking place across the building, the public guided tours on Saturday 18th November have been cancelled. The museum galleries will be open as normal.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • 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 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

History, Uncategorized

Resuscitation practices of old : The Paracelsus method of inflation

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

Aureolus, Philippus,Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim,  (1493-1541), otherwise known as Paracelsus, was a Swiss physician who made his mark during the 16th century when he successfully applied ventilation methods using a pair of... Read more

History, Uncategorized

Resuscitation practices of old!

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

Did you know that resuscitation techniques are as old as the hills? Although it is generally believed that resuscitation practices are a relatively recent medical innovation, they actually date back to biblical times. The Old Testament tells the... Read more

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Visitor comments and responses

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

Visitor comment: It’s too dark! You need more light. There seems to be no consideration for your visually impaired visitors. How are we expected to read all the information (small print) in darkness and listen to the loud distracting videos at... 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: