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).
PRIORY CHURCH AND CRYPT
Please note that from Saturday 16th –Saturday 23rd May Clerkenwell Design Week participants will be preparing
and using the Priory Church, Crypt and Cloister Garden and these spaces will therefore not be accessible during
public tours or otherwise. For more information on Clerkenwell Design Week please visit the CDW website.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please note that at present the Museum is experiencing some problems with its email
service – some messages are being received and sent successfully but others are not.
If your enquiry is urgent it may be best to contact the Museum reception on 020 7324 4005.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
LATE AT THE GATE BREAKING NEWS!
Due to popular demand, we will now be running a second after-hours pub quiz night on Thursday 14th May
as part of the Museums at Night Festival. All the information can be found in the below flyer. Tickets are on sale now!
FREE DROP-IN FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Hidden Heraldry, May Half-Term
- Dates: Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th May
- Time: 11am - 3pm
The Museum's historic rooms and the Priory Church are full of interesting examples of heraldry. Discover the hidden meanings behind some of the symbols and design your own coat of arms to go on a shield. You can even dress up and have your photo taken behind our giant golden picture frame!
Volunteers in the Theatre of War
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.
May'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.
HOW DID THE GATEHOUSE TO A PRIORY BECOME A PUB?
THE MANY USES OF ST JOHN'S GATE
- Dates: Wednesday 13th May
- Time: 12:30pm
Built in 1504 as the new southern entrance to the inner precinct of the Priory of the Order of St John, St John's Gate is a building that has had many uses. From a private house to a coffee house, a printing press to a pub, discover more about the many roles of St John's Gate and some of its most famous visitors!
10 Minute Talks
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. Further details can be in the Event Diary.