Wesley's Chapel & Museum of Methodism

Wesley's Chapel & Museum of Methodism

Wesley's Chapel & Museum of Methodism
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Speciality MuseumsChurches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
The Museum of Methodism tells the history of Methodism from John Wesley to the present day and its contribution to shaping Britain's political and social history. John Wesley's House stands next to the Chapel. His home for over a decade it is one of the finest surviving small Georgian townhouses in London. Wesley's Chapel has a thriving Methodist congregation in the heart of London with a full programme of services and events throughout the week. Please note that groups larger than 6 people must book in advance. Last entry is at 3.30pm.
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Sean Wilkinson
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Be careful when you visit Wesley’s house, chapels and museum; when we went there, there was a large school group going round which meant that Wesley’s house wasn’t available for visitor tours till the afternoon, the main chapel also had a school group in and the foundery chapel had some sort of service going on. What was left to look at? Victorian urinals (yes, seriously, this was the highlight) and a museum of Methodism with information on preachers you have never heard of, portraits of these preachers which all looked the same, 30 different versions of the same hymn book and a collection of collecting tins (I am not joking!). I think this venue is of interest to confirmed Methodists only.
Written January 13, 2020
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Lark
Florida817 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This wasn't on our list of 'must see' attractions while we were in London, but now we are so glad we went. We had an hour or two to kill before lunch and this was a great way to spend it.

We were given a great tour by the volunteer workers there and it gave a great history of London as well from a spiritual perspective. We saw the original organ that was used by Charles Wesley in writing his famous hyms. Some in our small tour group even were allowed to play it. After the tour of the church (and grave yard) itself we were led to the basement where there was a museum style historical overview of the Wesley brothers and the start of Methodism and it's history since then. After that we toured the Wesley house (on the church property) and that gave some interesting insights into how people lived at that time.

While you are there make sure to go across the street to the 'Dissenters Graveyard' to see where John Bunyon and others are buried.

Great relaxing tour and different side of London that's worth visiting!
Written October 28, 2006
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jeanniedDover_Kent
Barfrestone, UK128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
I visited both chapels, the Museum of Methodism and John Wesley's House and they all tied in well together. As you approach the main building the first thing which strikes you is the imposing architecture and,as you enter, there is an immediate sense of tranquility as you escape the hustle and bustle of City Road. The main chapel which is the mother church of Methodism is breathtakingly beautiful with its old wooden pews, striking pillars and amazing stained glass windows. This is truly a magnificent church. Alongside this is the smaller Foundry Chapel containing benches from Wesley's original chapel. This chapel is much plainer and is striking in its simplicity. I then visited the Museum of Methodism in The Crypt. This is well laid out. There is a short film to start with and I then viewed all the artefacts and objects and learnt the story of how The Methodist Church came into being and went on to become a part of Christendom in its own right. After a short walk through the graveyard I was given a tour of John Wesley's House by Esther one of the excellent volunteers. The house itself was like a step back in time and as I was shown round it felt as though Wesley had just stepped outside for a few moments especially as there were several of his belongings on display.With the four different areas there is a lot to take in in one visit but for students of ecclesiastical history or for someone who wants to know the history of The Methodist Church and how it has evolved into what it is today a visit to this site is a must. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
Written April 9, 2019
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Thank you for your visit and review, we are glad you enjoyed your time with us.
Written April 10, 2019
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PadreJose
Lithgow, Australia428 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Dedicated to the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, and to the practice of Methodism, this place clearly interprets the life and work of two great Christian men. It also explores the link between faith, love and concern for our fellow humans that lies st the heart of Christianity. Highly recommended.
Written September 6, 2019
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Thank you for your visit and kind review, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!
Written September 13, 2019
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Maff
Southampton, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
My wife and I spent a lovely Saturday morning visiting the chapel, museum and house. It was so moving to wander around the museum and to take in the wonderful sense of history shown through various artefacts and to learn something of the story of Methodism. We were also guided around the house by a lovely lady who was very knowledgable and took her time to explain about the story of John Wesley. The highlight of our weekend away!
Written June 25, 2019
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Thank you for your visit and kind review. We're glad you enjoyed your time here and so pleased it was the highlight of your weekend!
Written June 26, 2019
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Caltigerfreak
Alto, MI138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Business
My wife works for the Wesleyan Church in the USA, so she wanted to visit Wesley Chapel. We chose to worship there on Sunday morning, and found the most welcoming community there! “This is your house, this house of prayer,” we were told my multiple parishioners and the pastor, Jennifer Smith - who happens to be the woman pastor there, and an American by birth.

The congregation was quite diverse at 11 am, made up of persons representing native Britons, along with persons born in many of the Caribbean islands where Methodism spread throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, along with the British Empire. Everyone was so friendly to guests from AL, CA, MI, The Netherlands and beyond.

If you do choose to worship there, they have a 30 minute service at 9:30 and then a one hour service at 11 am - is which is followed by a free guided tour of the church and Wesley’s house, as well as a museum in the basement.

John Wesley bought a former foundry site on the outskirts of London, and set about to minister to the poor working class with his brother Charles and others. They served the poor families surrounding the chapel daily breakfast, schooled their children while the parents worked in the City, and opened up a free hospital/dispensary for the community.

The tour covers the history and significance of the interior pillars, stained glass windows, pulpit, baptismal font, and more. The history of Wesley and London are intertwined beautifully - and we gained more appreciation for John and his brother Charles - who composed so many well known hymns we all still sing today around the globe.

We actually left the tour after 1+ hours, since we had timed tickets to the National Gallery, so we missed seeing his living quarters.

Wesley is buried behind the church, as well.

Written January 26, 2019
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Thank you for your visit, we are glad you enjoyed your time with us.
Written January 29, 2019
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Schumi77
Singapore, Singapore96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We were kindly given a tour by a church Steward of the house John Wesley lived in. It was fascinating.

The attached museum is also quite informative with a few important artifacts.
Written October 24, 2018
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Thank you for your visit, we are glad you enjoyed it.
Written October 29, 2018
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Lavarcham
Poulton Le Fylde, UK3,360 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
I was in good time for a meeting in this area so took a walk. I had no idea that this historic building was nearby and was pleased that I had just enough time to visit and learn a bit about the interesting history. Set me thinking about the ways in which these former religious thinkers have influenced our social and political history. I appreciate the human values they have bequeathed.
Written January 28, 2016
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Hello! So glad you stumbled upon us! thank you for your feedback. I will pass your comments onto the rest of the staff and volunteer stewards who I am sure will be delighted. Hope to see you again!
Written June 29, 2016
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Jackie A
Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
What a delight! As we entered we were made to feel welcome, the Museum of Methodism downstairs was a great place to start, beginning with a DVD to give an overview. The collection of Wesley memorabilia came to life and we learned so much about the time in our nation when fiery preachers roamed the length of the our country, preaching in the open the "Good News". There was so much to take in that we shall return, this time to see Wesley's House next-door.Known as
the "Cathedral of World Methodism" I was ashamed to say,'tho' it's virtually on my door-step I had never before visited.
Written December 14, 2014
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David P
Jerusalem, Israel23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
John Wesley changed the world - for the better - and this museum tells his story and tells it fairly well. It not only portrays Wesley as giant of his generation but as a human - warts and all. In my opinion this is one of the most important sites in London although a place that is well off the tourist trail.
Written December 3, 2014
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