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“Plan ahead and enjoy a guided tour.”

The Museum of the Order of St John
Ranked #163 of 1,827 things to do in London
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Reviewed 11 January 2013

If you have an interest in the history of the Order of St. John or perhaps the links with St. John's Ambulance you will be fascinated by this recently refurbished museum. I happened across it whilst walking in Clerkenwell and spent an informative hour. I'm sure that you would get far more out of your visit if you planned ahead and had a guided tour - unfortunately I didn't. Also worth a visit is the Priory Church across the road.

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Reviewed 8 January 2013

What a terrific small museum for a wonderful international group of true humanitarians!

The tours are short but big on history. The Order traces its origins back the the 11th Century and traverses residency in Jerusalem Israel, Rhodes, Cypres, Malta, Rome and then its current work as a trainer of volunteers in healthcare.

The Museum’s diverse collections explore all aspects of the Order’s history and include rare manuscripts, silver and armour, as well as historic First Aid equipment and memorabilia from St John’s role in the First and Second World Wars.

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

Thank DPL-OZ
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

My partner and I visited this museum recently and whilst the building and its exhibits were fascinating the whole experience was ruined by a group of hyper children who were running amok during our visit. Too busy play fighting and shouting to look at any of the exhibits, the mother had clearly taken them there to let off steam?!

I realise that this is a small museum and that kids are obviously the responsibility of their parents but surely a member of staff could have stepped in to have a quiet word with the mum? Or maybe a 'polite notice' is needed to remind parents to mind their children's behaviour? Such a shame.

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Reviewed 24 August 2012

I stumbled on this excellent museum on a rare trip to Clerkenwell. Together with the church across the road which formed the headquarters of the Order in England before Henry VIII disbanded it, it gives an excellent overview of the power and wealth of the Order and the more recent reinvention under the Victorians leading to the organisation we see today. The crypt in the church is particularly impressive. And it's free.

Thank NickMaltby
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

The Museum of The Order of St John was completely modernised in in the last year. It tells the story of the Order of St John from its origins in Jerusalem in the 11th centuary and its development into what we know as St John's Ambulance today.
The building dates from the time of Henry VIII, the priory housed the Office of the Master of the Revels where Shakespeare came to licence his plays. William Hogarth, Dr. Samuel Johnson and Charles Dickens also had connections to the building.
There is no entry fee but a £5.00 donation is suggested if you use the services of an official guide.
There are steps to negotiate, a spiral staircase is tricky for those who are not so mobile, there is lots of silver plate with a few examples of furniture and video presentations in the gallery present the historical facts. A visit to the 12th Centuary crypt and the more modern church add to the background of the Order of St John.
The toilets are very clean but there is no cafe in the building. There is a small shop where mugs, books, a few children's pencils etc are for sale. There are places to eat nearby. Well worth a visit if you are interested in History.

Thank Lallysykes
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