Let St John’s Gate capture your imagination!

We offer an exciting programme of free family activities throughout the year; from museum trails and storytelling, to art and craft activities during school holidays. For details of the summer programme please see below, otherwise, see our 2018 family flyer:



Summer Holidays


Magnificent Malta
Every Wednesday from 25th July to 29th August 12:30 – 3:30pm join us for drop-in crafts and storytelling as we celebrate our Maltese heritage and discover what life was like for the Knights of St John in their city, Valletta; 2018’s European Capital of Culture. Details of each week’s activities are below:


Perilous Pirates, Wednesday 25th July, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Drop-in craft, storytelling from 1:30 – 2:30pm

Piracy was common along the coast of Malta during the Knight’s rule. Get ready to be transported to the Maltese seas whilst you listen to tales of swashbuckling pirates and create your own moving pirate ship.


Introducing St John Ambulance: caring in communities since 1080

Thursday 26th July, 2:30- 7:30pm

Not on a Wednesday and not on the theme of Malta, this free special event is for everyone, families included.

Jump on board our St John Ambulance and take a journey through time to discover the stories of people who spend their lives caring for others. Join our brass band, make and shake your collecting tin, and collect prizes as you hunt for clues on the Museum trail.  Watch living history demonstrations, practice your first aid and get hands on with history!


Marvelous Medicine, Wednesday 1st August, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Drop-in craft

For more than 250 years the Knights of St John were very busy in Malta making marvelous medicines to keep patients happy and healthy. Whip up a healing cream using herbs that can be found in our museum garden.


Astonishing Armour, Wednesday 8th August, 12:30 – 3:30pm 

Drop-in craft, storytelling from 1:30 – 2:30pm

The Knights of St John were the defenders of Malta. Find their armour on display in the Museum, before making your own helmet and shield.  Will you be dashing in shining silver, heroic in royal red or, wear the whole rainbow?


Sandy Souvenirs, Wednesday 15th August, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Drop-in craft

Dreaming of a Maltese beach? Join us and make your own sandy souvenirs to take home.


One Brick, Two Brick, Three Brick…. MORE! Wednesday 22nd August, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Drop-in craft

Valletta, this year’s European Captial of Culture, was built by the Knights of St John in the 1500s. The beautiful fortified city is named after Knights’ Grand Master, Jean Parisot de La Valette and was home to the Knights until 1798. Examine some of the drawings and paintings of Valletta in the Museum’s collection before creating your own FIMO building to take home.


KAPOW! Wednesday 29th August, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Drop-in craft

Get ready to fling the fun back into history with our catapult making! It’s time to imagine yourself at the Siege of Malta in 1565 and preparing for battle.


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: