Self-guided visits

Teachers are welcome to design their own programme of study within the Museum. However self-guided visits must be booked in advance. Entrance to the Museum is free of charge.

Home educators

The Museum welcomes home educators. Please see the schools section of our website for more information about our taught workshops at the Museum.


Teachers may take photos of their group during a workshop, but photographs in the galleries and historic rooms should be taken without flash.


Where possible we will endeavour to provide groups who have booked a visit/workshop a space to eat their packed lunches.

Visiting the shop

School groups are welcome to make purchases in the Museum Shop, but because of space restrictions we ask for no more than 5 students in the shop at once. Children must be supervised at all times.


Teachers and Group Leaders are responsible for the behaviour and general health and safety of their pupils and groups within the Museum. Teachers, leaders, and accompanying adults should remain with their groups at all times for their health and safety, and in case of evacuation.

We require the following minimum adult to pupil/student ratio:

  • Pre–school — Nursery 1:6
  • Foundation — KS2 1:10
  • KS3 — 5 1:10
  • Pupils/students with a disability and/or behavioural needs — 1:1

Please be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure that the ratio is adequate for the pupils’ needs/behaviour.

We have a Vulnerable Adults and Child Protection Policy.

The Designated Officer for Child Protection is Sue Killen.


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: