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St. John's House Museum, Warwick

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History Museum Educational Site
St John's House Museum is a historic house located in Warwick, just east of the town centre, in Warwickshire, England. It is now a museum, and has had a history spanning almost 900 years. To the side of the house is a small garden belonging to St John's and to the rear is the large St. Nicholas' Park. The museum is currently operated by Warwickshire Heritage and Culture's Museum Service, a branch of Warwickshire County Council.Historic UseIn the almost 900 years of its existence, St. John's House has had a wide and varied history. Many of its uses have been related directly to helping local people, particularly in the realms of health and education - a tradition which is continued today in its use as a free museum to educate the local community on the area's history.As a hospitalIn the mid 12th century, during the reign of Henry II, the land on which St. John's House stands was given to the establishment of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist. The hospital was brought into being by William de Beaumont, then Earl of Warwick. This hospital provided two purposes: To help the local poor and ill; and to provide casual overnight boarding and food to impoverished travelers such as pilgrims. The Hospital of St. John the Baptist was one of two such hospitals in the town of Warwick at the time. The other was the Hospital of St. Michael, founded with the sole purpose of providing help and respite to those in the parish suffering from leprosy. Of both hospitals, only the chapel building of St. Michael still stands.
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  • Unfortunately the Toy museum on the Ground Floor has been closed due to Council Cuts but the Warwickshire Fusiliers Museum on the upper floor is still open and is free to enter!. The Curator will give...  more »
  • The building is beautiful from the outside but the buildings historic feel is lost inside. The only place to visit inside was the Soldier museum I walked around but it is not really my interest. Would...  more »
  • You can tour some of the grounds but the municipal museum has closed as of April 2017. The house is attractive to view in and of itself and the grounds worth a brief stroll.  more »
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  • Great military museum. Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers.
  • Really interesting displays upstairs about the Warwick Fusiliers. Definitely worth an hour or two of your time.
  • Quaint little museum. I liked the school room and gardens particularly. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit, but it's a pleasant way of spending half an hour.
  • Contribution only entrance fee. Some good stuff for children downstairs and The Royal Warwickshire Regiment of Fusiliers Museum is on the first floor. Well worth a visit
  • Place to visit, if you are interested in Warwick history.

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Famous for its historical charm, Warwick offers a wide range of quality independent hotels and guesthouses located in the heart of town. Several large chain hotels are situated on the edge of town, just minutes from the picturesque countryside. For a quintessential Warwickshire experience, consider "country house" lodgings. Built in the Edwardian era and set on sprawling private grounds, the area's country houses offer modern conveniences in a setting steeped with old-world charm. You can enjoy private outdoor space with countryside views, located within easy reach of the town's historical castle.
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