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The Museum of the Order of St John

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Address: St John_s Gate, St John_s Lane | Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4DA, England
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Well worth a look and for free.

Suggested by a friend, this turned out to be a great museum which I had no idea existed. Entrance is free although contributions are welcome. We travelled there by bus - Number... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Suggested by a friend, this turned out to be a great museum which I had no idea existed. Entrance is free although contributions are welcome. We travelled there by bus - Number 264 from Waterloo station, free of charge if you have a travelcard which includes tubes and buses. Clerkenwell is a bustling area with plenty of cafes. We had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We got married in the Chapter Hall at the Museum on the 7th January 2017. It was the most wonderful ceremony, and the room and building as a whole was exquisite. It is a gem right in the centre of Clerkenwell, and a magical place to get married. We had drinks there after the ceremony while the photo's were being... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I attended the Museum as part of a work event as the main hall is available for hire, Having passed it many times I was unaware that the Museum was there and was so extensive. At lunch on the day we had a tour of the building which culminated in a visit to the Norman crypt of the priory church... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The Museum at St John’s Gate is there for over a century. The extensive collections include paintings and illuminated manuscripts, rare armour, a bronze cannon given by Henry VIII, ancient coins, decorative furniture, ceramics, silverware and textiles. A good informative place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

The small museum is full of information on the Knights of St John and St John's Ambalance. It is in a beautiful historic building. The staff are very friendly and the guidebook is really good value. You may also visit the historic priory across the road.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

The museum is beautiful and it explains many historic events. It's for free and you can donate as much as you like. I enjoyed it very much, especially since I come from the Holy Land !

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

The mellow November day was perfect for a visit to the St John Museum and Priory in Clerkenwell - or what was left of it! A thousand years ago, ten acres of land in Clerkenwell were gifted to the Order of St John in Jerusalem to set up an HQ near London. The Hospital and Priory of St John, with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

If you are interested in history, the Museum of the Order of St John is well worth a visit and it’s free. The Museum houses paintings, furniture, silver, metalwork. armour, ceramics, sculpture, prints, drawings, textiles, jewellery, rare manuscripts and books, as well as historic first aid equipment and memorabilia from St John’s role in the First and Second World Wars.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

I've just spent the day at an all-day business meeting in one of those wonderful places that so many people don't know about, I didn't even know it existed. The Tudor gate is spectacular and hidden on a little street off the Clerkenwell Road and is the museum for the "Knights Hospitallers", that we know as St John Ambulance nowadays.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

It is a small museum and shouldn't take long to get round (we didn't visit the church or the crypt). That said it is worth a visit, especially if you want to find out more about the history of this order and how St Johns ambulance came about. ( We have been to Malta so a trip to this museum... More 

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