The Museum of the Order of St John tells a unique and fascinating story – the story of the Order of St John – from its origins in 11th century Jerusalem, through to its role today with St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.
This story, which spans more than 900 years, includes many key events and people. Beginning with the crusades, and continuing through revolts and revolutions, war and peace, the story crosses the centuries and shows how, from its origins in founding a hospital to care for sick pilgrims in 11th century Jerusalem, St John has maintained its caring role to the present day, working in countries throughout the world on numerous humanitarian projects.
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 ephemera from St John’s role in the First and Second World Wars.
The Museum occupies the Order’s historic buildings in Clerkenwell.