The Museum of the Order of St John tells a unique and fascinating story — the story of the Order of St John — from its origins in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its role today with St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.

This story highlights how, from founding a hospital to care for sick pilgrims in eleventh century Jerusalem, St John has maintained its caring role to the present day, working on numerous humanitarian projects worldwide.

The Museum occupies two sites in Clerkenwell: St John’s Gate, which dates from 1504; and the Priory Church of St John with its surviving twelfth century Crypt.

What our visitors think

A very enjoyable tour. The guides were marvellous and knew what they were talking about. Look forward to another visit.

The Museum has a fabulous, well organised display; historic and clear, enjoyable to see.

Thank you to the kind man at reception who helped with Dad’s wheelchair! Great museum!

Visits to the Museum of the Order of St John are free of charge. For guided tours we suggest a donation of £5 (£4 concessions).

Latest News

June's 10 Minute Talk

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


  • Date: Wednesday 10th June
  • Time: 12:30pm

Once upon a time, in the late 1340s, it is said that a young Knight of the Order of St John slayed a great and ferocious dragon on the island of Rhodes. Come to this 10 minute talk and discover the story of Dieudonne de Gozon, Grand Master of the Order of St John whose epitaph reads ‘Here lies the Dragon Slayer’.


  • Date: Sunday 14th June
  • Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

On 14th June the Museum will be participating for the first time in the acclaimed Open Square Gardens Weekend. Taking place in the beautiful setting of the Cloister Garden ticket holders will be entertained by a range of activities including fascinating historical and horticultural talks, medieval soap making, a children’s trail and a pop-up tea shop.

For more detailed information on the range of events and to purchase tickets please visit the Open Garden Squares website.

Openings, Tours & Closures

We are delighted to announce that the Museum will once again be open on Sundays throughout July, August and September.

In addition, a public tour will also be run at 2pm each Sunday, taking in all the historic rooms of St John's Gate as well as the Priory Church and 12th century crypt. We suggest a donation of £5 (£4 concession) for guided tours.

Owing to an event the Cloister Garden will be closed to public access on Wednesday 1st July for the entire day.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Garden Explorers

Our garden activity trail will be available for little explorers throughout the summer, and there will be a special drop-in activity every Wednesday during the school holiday.

  • Decorate a flower pot
    Wednesday 22nd July, 11am - 3pm
  • Storytelling with Margaret Bateson-Hill
    Wednesday 29th July, 1pm - 2pm
  • Make a bug mask
    Wednesday 5th August, 11am - 3pm
  • Mini beast safari
    Wednesday 12th August, 11am - 3pm
  • Storytelling with Margaret Bateson-Hill
    Wednesday 19th August, 1pm - 2pm
  • Finger Print Bumblebees
    Wednesday 26th August, 11am - 3pm

Volunteers in the Theatre of War

Veronica Nisbet. Museum of the Order of St John Archive, London, by kind permission of the estate of Veronica Nisbet

The Museum of the Order of St John has received £69,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to tell the story of Veronica Nisbet, a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse who served at the Brigade Hospital in Étaples, northern France during the First World War.

For more information please download the press release.