The Museum of the Order of St John

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The Museum of the Order of St John

The Museum of the Order of St John
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Museum tells the unique and fascinating story of an ancient religious military Order, from its origins caring for sick pilgrims in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its modern-day role with St John Ambulance, the international first aid charity.
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Ian S
Northallerton, UK201 contributions
Visit!
Nov 2021
Excellent museum of the history of this ancient order. Details of their work in Malta were highlighted together with more recent summary of the work of St John's Ambulance.
Written November 6, 2021
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T R E K
London, UK302 contributions
S.T JOHNS AMBULANCE
Aug 2021
This S.t Johns Ambulance Museum is beautifully tucked away within the remains of this heritage Castle. Lots to see and learn about,,,,

check it out.
Written August 26, 2021
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Don Wright
Vancouver, Canada1,310 contributions
Tales of knights and caring for the sick
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a quirky little museum, off the beaten track but one I was keen to visit. I became aware of the Order of St. John during a visit to Rhodes, Greece. Rhodes was once an important fortification and hospital run by the Knights Hospitaliar, who had set up there after being run out of Jerusalem by the Arabs retaking territory they lost during the Crusades. It’s a long story, but the Order of St. John was established to bring back the idea of caring for the sick and injured — which eventually morphed into the St. John Ambulance services and first aid training. The museum fills in all the details and time frames, and is located in a building once owned by the Knights Hospitaliar, but taken away from them and much later purchased to house the headquarters for the Order of St. John. Free entry, although a guided tour is available that includes a visit to the chapel - check the website for opening hours, they differ depending on the season.
Written May 2, 2020
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Jason G
Petts Wood, UK5 contributions
Trying to think of a different title than hidden gem
Mar 2020
This may well not be the first time someone has used the phrase 'hidden gem' on Tripadvisor but it really sums up this lovely little museum on the edge of the City. My visit was on a day when things looked pretty grim in the outside world with corona, a crashing stockmarket and very grey overcast weather. It was a nice change, therefore, to step into a warm welcome at the Museum of the order of St John. Exploring London under one's own steam can be a bit of a double-edged sword. There are so many delightful churches, museums, galleries and other historic treasures to be discovered. Quite often, though, it seems the owners/managers of such places would really rather not have visitors traipsing round their buildings at all. It was therefore a pleasant surprise to be greeted by a smiling (!) face on reception and a clear, cheerful welcome with an unequivocal invitation to look around at my leisure 'free of charge'. The museum itself was no less interesting - it's laid out really well in a logical order with lots of historic artefacts and narrative supporting the St John storyline. They are clearly geared up for a wide range of visitors, with facilities for everyone from schoolchildren to the elderly. There are even fold-out canvas seats available for those who want or need to sit for a while and ponder! All in all, a great, compact, visitor-friendly museum which I highly recommend.
Written March 10, 2020
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M G
Arlington, VA73 contributions
Museum about lesser known medieval knightly order.
Nov 2019
This is a museum dedicated to what was once a medieval knightly order but is now a charitable organization. The ground level rooms in St John’s Gate include artifacts and displays describing the long history of the order. This is a well-curated, informative exhibit. (These rooms also have a painting by Caravaggio.) We opted to take the tour, and this allowed us to visit the upstairs rooms, where the guide showed us a number of historic rooms and described the varied history of the building, including a stint as a club where you could only speak Latin! From there, we left the Gate and walked north for about a block to visit the Priory Church and crypt. The tour lasted for more than an hour, but there were always seats available to rest your feet.

During our visit there were only a handful of other guests, mainly from the UK. Our tour guide was entertaining and knew a lot about the area. Photography was allowed in St John’s Gate and the priory.

I enjoyed this museum as I like medieval history and old buildings, and admission was free. If you’re unsure about a visit, I recommend checking out the museum website to see if it intrigues you.
Written March 10, 2020
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Rachael C
London, UK598 contributions
A hidden gem
Feb 2020 • Friends
What a fabulous free museum. Nice and informative displays covering the full range of history from the Knights on Jerusalem through to their time in Rhodes and Malta, not forgetting London itself, and how the the Order moved into providing first aid training when the industrial revolution saw an increase in injuries. The museum also houses a Caravaggio painting (due his connections with the Order during his time in Malta). We took the Saturday afternoon tour (80 minutes) which was excellent - very informative and enabled us to views upstairs rooms that are usually closed and the Priory Church and its Norman crypt just across the road - well worth the suggested donation of £5.
Clean toilets and a small shop too.
A really enjoyable afternoon visit. Can't believe it took 20 years of living in London to get round to visiting!
Written February 9, 2020
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bera_
London, UK9 contributions
Interesting for those interested in the topic
Oct 2019
I decided to visit the most important museums in London. This is more intimate, definitely not aimed at as many visitors as e.g. Wallace. I liked it, especially as an art history student, but I don't think it was a very attractive place for families with children or people not interested in the subject. You can visit, admire the beautiful place and exhibitions, but it seems to me that this is not a mandatory point for tourists.
Written December 16, 2019
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Chillenden
85 contributions
Holy order
Aug 2019
A well curated Museum set in a splendid building and illustrating what the order of St john achieved during it's long and continuing history
Written December 3, 2019
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,682 contributions
Origins
Nov 2019 • Solo
Nice small museum which gives the. history of St John ambulance service. It explores the origins from being an ancient religious military order to its modern day role. Museum includes a superb painting by Caravaggio
Written November 30, 2019
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SavvyTraveller123zx
London, UK4 contributions
Excellent tour !
Nov 2019 • Solo
This museum and the kind staff give an excellent tour of a very interesting and special part of London history . This is a highly recommended tour for anyone interested in the history of the Order of Saint john , the Order Malta and also the Knights templar . The chapel is very special .
Written November 18, 2019
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