St. Johns House St. John’s, Warwick CV34 4NF
St John’s House Museum is an historic house located in Warwick, just east of the town centre. It is now a museum, and has had a history spanning almost 900 years.
In 1959 the estate was bought by Warwickshire County Council along with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Royal Warwickshire), who own it to this day.
The museum was officially opened in 1960 by Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. Visitors will to the museum will discover the history of the site, as well as Warwick and the surrounding area.
Features of the museum include full-sized replica of a Victorian classroom, as it would have appeared during the educational period of St. John’s House.
The display includes benches and seating, charts and diagrams, as well as teaching tools such as abacuses and blackboards, all contemporary of the time. It is designed to give you an idea of what education would have been like in 19th century compared with now.
The Museum currently runs activities based on this exhibit for schools. The second floor houses a museum dedicated to the history of the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers.
The upstairs museum offers a wealth of information about the history of the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and its 300 years of service. From the Franco-Dutch War of 1672-72 to the 1960s and the adoption of the regiment’s royal title.
In 2011, the Museum Service established a themed outdoor space, St John’s Brook Gardens, between St John’s House Museum and St Nicholas’ Park. This features woodcarving and information on natural history.
The museum has embraced modern ideas and offers a Night at the Museum experience. This gives you the opportunity to camp in the gardens or sleepover in the museum. The museum also provides regular events and activities for families and visitors of all ages.