John Wesley's House and The Museum of Methodism

Wesleys Chapel
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Step back into Eighteenth Century London with a visit to John Wesley's House and the Museum of Methodism.

Discover the day-to-day running of a small Georgian town house. Built by Wesley, the founder of Methodism, in 1778, he lived here the last eleven winters of his life, when not touring to visit and preach to his Methodist societies round the country.
The house also provided a home for the preachers of the Chapel and their families.
The house contains many of John Wesley's belongings, including his electrical machine and his study chair. His small Prayer Room is considered by Methodists all over the world to be the Power House of Methodism.

Our brand new museum in the crypt of the Chapel contains many fascinating objects from our collection such as John Wesley's death mask and hair, 18th century objects from Methodist churches from around the world and the Foundary.

The Chapel was also built by John Wesley, and opened on 1 November 1778. Its Georgian lines and many of its features are very attractive and it is the only Methodist Church to feature in Simon Jenkins’s England’s Thousand Best Churches (published 1998). It is the first Methodist Church built specifically for the celebration of Holy communion as well as for preaching services.

Please note that groups of 6 people or more must phone and book in advance.
We are closed on Sundays to the general public due to services.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Archive, Garden, parklands or rural site, Sacred space, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10.00a.m. - 3.30pm

Last entry is 30 mins before closing

Closed every Thursday between 12:45 & 1.30pm (for service in chapel), Between Christmas & New Year, Public & Bank Holidays, except Good Friday.

Admission charges

Admission free to the museum, house and chapel.

The House is not accessible from the street, please go into the museum in the crypt of the chapel and ask one of our stewards to give you a tour.

Donations are very welcome in helping us to preserve this site and its collections.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

The nearest tube stations are Old Street and Moorgate.
You can also get the number 21, 43, 76, 141, 214, 271 buses right to us.

Additional info

Disabled Access: There is ramp access into the Chapel. The Museum of Methodism and disabled toilet is accessible by lift. Access to the ground floor only of John Wesley's House.

Our Museum offers a full range of educational and cultural opportunities to visitors and pilgrims who have come to connect with the beginnings of Methodism. See one of the world's largest collections of Wesleyan ceramics and some of the finest Methodist paintings. There are also some unusual objects to be seen, like the pack of religious playing cards!

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Medicine, Music, Personalities, Religion, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Frank O. Salisbury
  • John Wesley's Electrical Machine
  • Wesleyana
  • Chamber horse
  • Charles Wesley's single mannual pipe organ
  • John Wesley's teapot
  • Herbert Beecroft
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Grace the cat in the dining room

A Georgian Easter & Teddy Bears Picnic

  • 15 April 2017 11am-3pm

We are turning back time at John Wesley’s House!
John Wesley will be upstairs in his study, help Betsy the Housekeeper with her chores and taste some of the wonderful 18th century treats being made in our kitchen by the Cook!
Upstairs in the house there will be make and take crafts where you can make paper windmills, paper baskets and Easter hats!

Please note that Wesley's House is not wheelchair or buggy accessible as it is a 300 year old Georgian terrace house with lots of stairs. Visit www.wesleysheritage.org.uk for a virtual tour. However there will be space to leave buggies at the entrance of the house or inside the chapel. Our museum and chapel are accessible for wheelchairs and buggies.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Englsih
  • German
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Korean

Admission

Everything is free.

Website

http://www.wesleysheritage.org.uk

John Wesley

The Secret World of John Wesley

  • 24 May 2017 11am-3pm

Help us celebrate Wesley’s Day as we turn back time at John Wesley’s House!
Come and chat with John Wesley about his life, help Betsy the Housekeeper with her chores, taste some of the wonderful 18th century treats being made in our kitchen by the Cook, learn about medicinal herbs and make herbal pomanders with plants from our Physic Garden!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • German
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Korean
  • Japanese

Admission

Everything is free.

Website

http://www.wesleysheritage.org.uk

Gardens

The Secret World of John Wesley

  • 17 June 2017 11am-3pm

We are turning back time at John Wesley’s House as part of the Open Gardens Squares Weekend!
Wander around the green haven of gardens around the house and chapel.
Come and chat with John Wesley about his life, help Betsy the Housekeeper with her chores, taste some of the wonderful 18th century treats being made in our kitchen by the Cook and have a go at making herbal pomanders from our Physic Garden and tissue paper flowers!

The Chapel, Museum and gardens are accessible for wheelchairs and buggies. However Wesley's House is not as it is a 300 year old Georgian terrace house with lots of stairs. Please visit www.wesleysheritage.org.uk for a virtual tour. There will be space to leave buggies and wheelchairs at the entrance of the house or inside the chapel.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • German
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Korean
  • Japanese

Admission

Everything is free.

Website

http://www.wesleysheritage.org.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Learning Programmes

Three Learning Programmes are available and lead by our Learning Officer.

These are;
18th century life (Key Stage 1, 2 & 3)
Methodist Musings (Key Stage 1-5)
Slavery and the Abolition (Key Stage 3-5)

Creator

  • Learning Officer

How to obtain

Please phone our main office and ask for our Learning Officer or email us.

Wesley's Chapel Teacher's Pack

The teacher's pack covers Wesley's Chapel, John Wesley's House and the Museum of Methodism. It has been written to help teachers plan educational visits to Wesley's Chapel and to use in support of the National Cirriculum (mainly at Key Stage 2, but also suitable for Key Stage 1).

Creator

  • Wesley's Chapel & External Education Consultants

Publisher

  • Wesley's Chapel

How to obtain

Please email our Learning and Education Officer or Curator.

Getting there

The nearest tube stations are Old Street and Moorgate.
You can also get the number 21, 43, 76, 141, 214, 271 buses right to us.

John Wesley's House and The Museum of Methodism
Wesley's Chapel
49 City Road
London
Greater London
EC1Y 1AU
England

Website

http://www.wesleysheritage.org.uk/

E-mail

Museum curator

museum@wesleyschapel.org.uk

Learning and Community Engagement Officer

lso@wesleyschapel.org.uk

Telephone

Main Office

020 7253 2262

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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