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Museum and Library of The Order of St. John

St. Johns Gate
St. Johns Lane
Greater London

Take a tour around the ancient Priory of the Knights Hospitallers with its Tudor Gate House, 16th century Church and 12th century Crypt.

In the Middle Ages warrior monks set out from here to fight for the faith and tend the sick in their hospital in Jerusalem.

Inside the Gate, visitors can see fine collections of silver, furniture and paintings from the Knight's time in Malta during the 16th to 18th centuries. Treasures in the museum include illuminated manuscripts, armour from Rhodes and a canon given by Henry VII.

Shakespeare's and Dr Johnson's workplace, Hogarth's childhood home, and Dicken's Club, St John's Gate also has many literary and artistic associations to explore.

In more recent times, St. John Ambulance was founded here. Discover a fascinating history, from the early days of the industrial revolution to the vital role St. John continues to play within health care today.

The museum has recently reopened with many new exciting exhibits after an extensive refurbishment supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Approximately 500 metres north of the centre of Smithfield Market, and close to the Barbican, 5 minutes walk from Farringdon Tube Station.

Museum and Library of The Order of St. John Postcode for SatNav: EC1M 4DA


+44 (0)20 7324 4005
+44 (0)2073 360 587

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