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Museum of the Order of St. John

Founded at the beginning of the twelfth century in Jerusalem, the Order of St John was a religious order with a particular duty to care for the sick, regardless of creed or country.

The Crusaders, who set up their own independent states in the Holy Land, supported it with grants of money and territory. Members of the Order, also known as Knights Hospitaller or Knights of Malta, came from all over Europe and developed a military role to defend these states. In the 1140s, the Hospitallers were given a ten acre site in London’s Clerkenwell district, which became their English headquarters.

Look out for...

  • The Chamber room
  • The Rhodes MIssal illuminated manuscript of 1504

Did You Know?

  • During the 19th century St John's Gate served as the Old Jerusalem Tavern which Charles Dickens used to frequent

Museum Facilities

  • Cafe

  • Restaurant

  • Shop

  • Audio Guide

  • Tour Guide

  • Photography

  • Wheelchair Access

  • WiFi

  • Venue Hire

  • Available

  • Not allowed

  • Unconfirmed

  • Prior permission required.

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London Area: Central


  • Museum of the Order of St John
  • St John’s Gate
  • St John St
  • London
  • EC1M 4DA


  • TFL Zone

    Zone 1

  • Underground

    • Farringdon

    National Rail

    • Farringdon

    Bus Numbers

  • 55, 243, 63, 153

FREE Admission

Open Hours
Monday 10:00am 17:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am 17:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am 17:00pm
Thursday 10:00am 17:00pm
Friday 10:00am 17:00pm
Saturday 10:00am 17:00pm
Tours on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 11am and 2.30pm.

Contact Details

Phone 020 7324 4005
Website Museum of the Order of St. John
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