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“Hidden Gem, find it!”

The Museum of the Order of St John
Ranked #331 of 1,751 things to do in London
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

A great little museum, charting the history of the Order of St John. Pop across the road, and visit the crypt, chapel and gardens too!

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Reviewed 16 June 2013

If you seek out this little Gem of a museum you will be richly rewarded with the fascinating story of The Knights Hospitaller, See the galleries telling its unique history, hear the stories of how the building became a Tavern, where Charles Dickens came to drink, & see the 12c Norman Crypt. A must visit for history fans.
TIP: To gain the most from your visit, take the Guided Tour, Tues, Fri, & Sat

1  Thank Neil N
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

This museum is small, but with very good exhibits and explanations about the history of the order. The chapel and crypt close-by are very recommendable as well.
The staff is very friendy and knowledgeable and happy to explain anything you'd like to know.
I really liked this place.
Come Tuesday, Friday and Saturday to get a tour!

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Reviewed 29 May 2013

A five minute walk from farrington tube station, past the historic Smithfield market . The order of st John's has a varied and ancient history with many wonderful paintings, furnishings and standards displayed in some of the oldest buildings in London.
We took the 2.30 tour on Tuesday and I would recommend it as the guide explained so much that you would just not find out if you went on your own.Dickens,Shakespeare,Alice in wonderland all have connections to the orders' buildings in Clerkenwell.
Well worth a couple of hours to visit.

2  Thank bill311067
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

The museum itself is lovely, and the location in St. John's Gate is stunning. The museum features various artifacts from the early history of the order as well as some items of interest from the St. John's Ambulance. There is also a display of all of the insignia of the five different mutually recognized branches of the order. Above that display is the "Cardsharps" by Caravaggio--actually a controversial earlier version of the work that is not universally attributed to the artist. There are also audiovisual displays that describe the entire history of the order. Everything is well organized and sensibly displayed.

The real treat is taking the guided tour, which gives you access to various rooms on the upper floors of the gate, including the Chapter Room, where the order meets, and the Malta Room, which is actually on the other side of the gate and which contains artifacts of the Order from it's time on the island of Malta.

The tour also includes the chapel, which is across the street. The chapel and garden next door are absolutely worth a visit, but the crypt below is the real treat. It was built during the transition from neo-classical architecture into gothic architecture, which explains why part of it is a barrel vault, and the rest is supported by pointed gothich arches.

There is a very nice gift shop that sells post card reproductions of some of the works of art, along with neckties, tote bags and other items decorated with symbols of the order.

I have already recommended this museum to several friends.

Thank ARWhite
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