Learn all about British Army’s History at National Army Museum

The National Army Museum is located in the Chelsea district of central London, next to the Royal Hospital Chelsea. It is the central museum of the British Army and is a non-departmental public body. You can visit it on any day of the year except during the Christmas period of 24-26 December and New Years Day. It is open to the public from 10:00am to 5:30pm. A renovation programme is currently under way that will end some time in 2016. It is funded by a major Heritage Lottery Fund.

The National Army Museum offers a plethora of collections that relate to the history of the British Army and its forces in relation to its colonies and its imperial and commonwealth operations. The collections also relate to the British Indian Army as a whole from 1066 to the present and how it affected national and international history. Its collections for the period from 1066 to 1642 were in the form of interpretations and not objects. However, the collections from the time of the English Civil War are in the form of objects. The collections exhibited in the museum relating to the overall history of the British land forces are quite different from those exhibited at other military museums in the United Kingdom such as Firepower, the Royal Artillery Museum that focuses on the history of individual corps and regiments of the British Army. The collections are also different from those at Imperial War Museum which has a wider range of exhibits but a shorter range of time as it offers them only from 1914.

The exhibits of the National Army Museum include works of art and a fantastic collection from contemporary conflicts bringing to life diverse stories, objects and historical escapades of the British Army. Its extensive collection of historical and military artefacts varies from corsets to canons covering the British Army from its inception to date. It presents a range of unique exhibitions, galleries and events that are of interest to visitors of all ages and include the interactive, War Horse: Fact & Fiction exhibition. It also includes the soft-play Kids’ Zone. The museum also offers a vast arena for the entire family to have a great day for discovery.

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At the National Army Museum, there are five floors that are full of exhibits that relate to the history of the British Army and how the events in its history impacted others. In these floors, you can find four permanent gallery displays and a wide-ranging programme of events, activities and exhibitions. Realising that many people may not appreciate the idea of wars, the museum simply presents historical facts. The building of the museum is clean and contemporary and offers full access even to the disabled as it provides a wheelchair from the Main Entrance whenever required.

The National Army Museum is also very kids-friendly as it offers the Kid’s Zone where children under the age of 10 can have lots of fun. You can get a free ticket from the information desk that will entitle you to timed entry of 50 minutes when you can have all the fun that you want. There is also a Costa Coffee cafe where you can get seasonal food and kid’s meals. You can also bring a packed lunch at the weekend and enjoy it in the Lunchroom area.

Before its closure for renovations, the galleries of the National Army Museum were arranged as follows:

Main temporary exhibition space was on the ground floor; Making of Britain 1066 to 1783 was in the corridor from ground to first floor; Changing The World 1784 to 1904 was on the first floor; World Wars 1905–1945 was in the corridor from 1st to 2nd floor and on the 2nd floor; the permanent display area of the National Service 1947 to 1963 was on the corridor from 2nd to 3rd floor and the temporary display area was on the corridor from 3rd to 4th floor; Conflicts of Interest was on the 3rd floor; Art Gallery was on the 3rd floor; and the temporary space of the White Space was on the 3rd floor.

The main temporary exhibition space is on the ground floor and is home to displays on a variety of subjects.

The National Army Museum is located on Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea, London. The nearest tube stations are Sloane Square and Victoria. For reaching the museum, you should catch the 170 bus from Buckingham Palace Road after coming out of Victoria station. The bus stops right outside the museum. Admission to the museum is free. The museum is open on all days from 10am to 5:30pm except 24-26 December, 1 January, Good Friday and early May Bank Holiday.

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