The National Army Museum is the British Army's central museum. It is located in the Chelsea district of central London, adjacent to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the "Chelsea Pensioners". The museum is a non-departmental public body. It is usually open to the public from 10:00am to 5:30pm, except on 25–26 December and 1 January. Admission is free.Put National Army Museum into our London online tour planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in London.
Having reopened in March 2017 following a major £23.75 million re-development project including £11.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum houses five galleries that cover British military history from the English Civil War up to modern day.
This remit for the overall history of British land forces contrasts with those of other military museums in the United Kingdom concentrating on the history of individual corps and regiments of the British Army. It also differs from the subject matter of the Imperial War Museum, another national museum in London, which has a wider remit of theme (war experiences of British civilians and military personnel from all three services) but a narrower remit of time (after 1914).
National Army Museum Reviews
Having spent many weekends wondering around the army museum as a boy, I had hoped to recreate that experience with a new generation.... However, the newly renovated Museum is a massively reduced... more »
A bright and open building that tells you a great deal about the history of the army from various view points. Fine galleries: soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight. I found the Society the most.... more »
This place is awesome. It’s free! It has a tank you can climb into and shoot other tanks with on a screen. It has a plethora of guns that every little boy (and girl) is immediately drawn to. Oh and like zero tourists (all locals as far as I can tell). Really I couldn’t ask for more!
Pretty cool place and entry is free. It's very interactive and something all ages to enjoy. I only was able to spend a small amount of time here but you could easily spend two hours here or more if you wanted to take your time.
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