National Army Museum

National Army Museum We're very pleased to be open again. Book your free tickets now on our website. Established in 1960 by Royal Charter, the National Army Museum is the United Kingdom’s leading authority on the history and traditions of the British Army.
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It explores the impact that soldiers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth have had throughout the world, from the 17th century to the present day. Through its world-class collections, the Museum safeguards and shares the stories and values of ordinary people who have been called upon to bear extraordinary responsibilities on behalf of others.

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Join David Wells as he explores the service of the West India Regiments in Britain’s early 19th-century military campaig...
09/09/2021
The West India Regiments in the Napoleonic Wars | National Army Museum

Join David Wells as he explores the service of the West India Regiments in Britain’s early 19th-century military campaigns against France and America. You can find out more in our #WestIndianSoldier exhibition: bit.ly/3BhtksD

Join David Wells as he explores the service of the West India Regiments in Britain’s early 19th-century military campaigns against France and America.

Join Dr Emily Mayhew as she examines the achievements and the failings of the medical profession during the war in Afgha...
04/09/2021
A Heavy Reckoning | National Army Museum

Join Dr Emily Mayhew as she examines the achievements and the failings of the medical profession during the war in Afghanistan: bit.ly/3imi5qc

Join Dr Emily Mayhew as she examines the achievements and the failings of the medical profession during the war in Afghanistan.

Join former Brixmis officer Major General Peter Williams as he discusses East German intelligence operations against the...
29/08/2021
Athenstedt: A Cold War Cold Case - The Stasi Versus Brixmis | National Army Museum

Join former Brixmis officer Major General Peter Williams as he discusses East German intelligence operations against the Allied military liaison missions during the Cold War: https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/athenstedt-cold-war-cold-case-stasi-versus-brixmis?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nam&utm_content=mfh&utm_campaign=

Join former Brixmis officer Major General Peter Williams as he discusses East German intelligence operations against the Allied military liaison missions during the Cold War.

🥁 Your kids can explore the Berlin Military Tattoo and construct their own instrument inspired by the drums in our colle...
19/08/2021
Berlin Beat | National Army Museum

🥁 Your kids can explore the Berlin Military Tattoo and construct their own instrument inspired by the drums in our collection in our free family summer holiday activity next week: bit.ly/3esHxcj

Explore the Berlin Military Tattoo and construct your own instrument inspired by the drums in our collection.

Our free online event, 'Climbing the Ranks: West Indian Soldiers of the First World War', will look at the experiences o...
17/08/2021
Climbing the Ranks: West Indian Soldiers of the First World War | National Army Museum

Our free online event, 'Climbing the Ranks: West Indian Soldiers of the First World War', will look at the experiences of soldiers of Caribbean origin and reflect on how times have changed.

The programme includes:
-Historian Dr Dominiek Deendooven
-Stephanie Bennett from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum
-A living history performance telling the story of Walter Tull

Wednesday 25 August, 7pm. Register here: bit.ly/3CTDlNF

Discover how soldiers of Caribbean origin, including those serving with the British West Indies Regiment, experienced the First World War.

Join Matilda Greig as she explores the fascinating lives and afterlives of Napoleon’s soldiers and the stories they told...
14/08/2021
Dead Men Telling Tales | National Army Museum

Join Matilda Greig as she explores the fascinating lives and afterlives of Napoleon’s soldiers and the stories they told: bit.ly/2Up0UfB

Join Matilda Greig as she explores the fascinating lives and afterlives of Napoleon’s soldiers and the stories they told.

🕵️‍♂️ The General has gone missing and no-one knows the combination to unlock his safe...can you crack the code, save th...
14/08/2021
Codebreaker Challenge | National Army Museum

🕵️‍♂️ The General has gone missing and no-one knows the combination to unlock his safe...can you crack the code, save the secrets and stop the Cold War from getting hot? Then join our summer holiday Codebreaker Challenge with the kids. In the Museum next week: bit.ly/3xPcSOh

Can you crack the code, save the secrets and stop the Cold War from getting hot?

🎲 Check out our life-size board game! Take on Cold War-themed challenges and learn something new. Who will be first over...
11/08/2021

🎲 Check out our life-size board game! Take on Cold War-themed challenges and learn something new. Who will be first over the finish line? Free and in the Museum until Friday, just book your general admission ticket: bit.ly/3xRlfZz

🎲 Check out our life-size board game! Take on Cold War-themed challenges and learn something new. Who will be first over the finish line? Free and in the Museum until Friday, just book your general admission ticket: bit.ly/3xRlfZz

Join us this Thursday, 12 August, for the launch of Anthony King's new book, Urban Warfare in the Twenty-First Century. ...
08/08/2021
Urban Warfare in the 21st Century | National Army Museum

Join us this Thursday, 12 August, for the launch of Anthony King's new book, Urban Warfare in the Twenty-First Century.

Jonathan Boff chairs a panel including Anthony King, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Major General Kevin Copsey, OBE & Shashank Joshi: bit.ly/3rkq9Mj

Professor Anthony King launches his latest book which examines the character and impact of urban warfare in modern times.

Join Professor Patrick Major as he marks the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall by exploring the cr...
07/08/2021
The Berlin Wall | National Army Museum

Join Professor Patrick Major as he marks the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall by exploring the crisis that followed: bit.ly/3Bqbcx1

Join Professor Patrick Major as he marks the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall by exploring the crisis that followed.

🤸‍♂️Step inside our life-size board game this summer holiday and battle it out to see who wins.Take on our family-friend...
04/08/2021
Giant Games for Little Soldiers: Cold War Edition | National Army Museum

🤸‍♂️Step inside our life-size board game this summer holiday and battle it out to see who wins.

Take on our family-friendly tasks and complete Cold War-themed challenges to be the first over the finish line: bit.ly/3xRlfZz

Step inside our life-size board game this summer holiday and battle it out to see who wins.

This Friday, Professor David Lambert discusses the establishment of the West India Regiments and explores the debates th...
01/08/2021
Establishing the West India Regiments | National Army Museum

This Friday, Professor David Lambert discusses the establishment of the West India Regiments and explores the debates that surrounded their formation. You can explore more of this history in our exhibition, #WestIndianSoldier: bit.ly/2UXKN8H

Professor David Lambert discusses the establishment of the West India Regiments and explores the debates that surrounded their formation.

Join Richard Duckett and Robert Lyman next week as they explore the  the SOE's secret missions in Burma during the Secon...
30/07/2021
The Special Operations Executive in Burma | National Army Museum

Join Richard Duckett and Robert Lyman next week as they explore the the SOE's secret missions in Burma during the Second World War: bit.ly/3kwTd1U

Join Robert Lyman and Richard Duckett as they discuss the SOE's secret missions in Burma during the Second World War.

🎙 Bring the kids from 4-6 August for some foley folly- in our free summer holiday activity they'll step into the world o...
28/07/2021
Ready, Steady, Radio | National Army Museum

🎙 Bring the kids from 4-6 August for some foley folly- in our free summer holiday activity they'll step into the world of broadcasting as they learn how to make their own sound effects using tips and tricks from the past: bit.ly/3Bqa0K3

Discover the story of the British Forces Network and test your skills as a Foley artist as you create your own sound effects in this interactive family workshop.

We are so excited for this year’s Chelsea History Festival with over 70 amazing events bringing history to life 17 - 26 ...
27/07/2021
Events programme

We are so excited for this year’s Chelsea History Festival with over 70 amazing events bringing history to life 17 - 26 September.

Military history 🗡
Natural history 🌿
Social history📜
Art history 🎨
Family fun 🎲

Tickets are on sale now! https://bit.ly/2WuGXFb

Check out the Chelsea History Festival page for the latest updates:

This year’s diverse festival hosts over 70 exciting physical and virtual events, featuring a number of exclusive pre-publication launches.

What material, shape and design makes the best parachute? What will you choose? Try it out at the Giant Parachute Drop Z...
25/07/2021
Parachute Adventures | National Army Museum

What material, shape and design makes the best parachute? What will you choose? Try it out at the Giant Parachute Drop Zone- join our free activities with the kids this summer holiday: bit.ly/3xPDbnu

Design a parachute, prepare for your mission and attempt to land safely on our Giant Parachute Drop Zone.

Next Friday, our Templer Study Centre Manager, Rob Fleming, will trace the development and service of King Edward’s Hors...
24/07/2021
All the King’s Horses and Men | National Army Museum

Next Friday, our Templer Study Centre Manager, Rob Fleming, will trace the development and service of King Edward’s Horse (The King’s Overseas Dominions Regiment). Our free Friday talks are now both online and in-venue so take your pick! bit.ly/3wNxANb

Join Robert Fleming as he traces the development and service of King Edward’s Horse (The King’s Overseas Dominions Regiment) between 1900 and 1918.

Our new case of British Army ceremonial uniforms in the Foyer is looking pretty 🔥💂‍♂️
19/07/2021

Our new case of British Army ceremonial uniforms in the Foyer is looking pretty 🔥💂‍♂️

Our new case of British Army ceremonial uniforms in the Foyer is looking pretty 🔥💂‍♂️

We're so happy to have been Highly Commended for Partnership of the Year at last night's awards #MandHAwards.Thank you t...
02/07/2021

We're so happy to have been Highly Commended for Partnership of the Year at last night's awards #MandHAwards.

Thank you to the entire team National Museum of the Royal Navy, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and The Royal Air Force Museum, London, what started with #VEDay75 and then #VJDay75 has led to so much more!

Congratulations to all winners - https://bit.ly/3ydgwRK

We're so happy to have been Highly Commended for Partnership of the Year at last night's awards #MandHAwards.

Thank you to the entire team National Museum of the Royal Navy, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and The Royal Air Force Museum, London, what started with #VEDay75 and then #VJDay75 has led to so much more!

Congratulations to all winners - https://bit.ly/3ydgwRK

Fought #OnThisDay in 1690 between the forces of the deposed King James II and his successor, William III, the Battle of ...
01/07/2021
Battle of the Boyne | National Army Museum

Fought #OnThisDay in 1690 between the forces of the deposed King James II and his successor, William III, the Battle of the Boyne was the largest ever to take place on Irish soil. While indecisive, it had far-reaching repercussions, lasting to this day: bit.ly/2UfmqTV

Fought on 1 July 1690 between the forces of the deposed King James II and his successor, King William III, the Battle of the Boyne was the largest military engagement ever to take place on Irish soil.

30/06/2021
Lynx helicopter install

Challenge: suspend a helicopter in the middle of a building (with rotor blades that are too big to fit in the door). Solution: 1st Aviation Brigade, 1 Regiment Army Air Corps and REME Chief Aircraft Engineer work together with the Museum team to get this magnificent Lynx Mk 9A into our Atrium where it now hangs 👏 🏗 🚁

This week we were proud to take part in a ceremonial handover of the eagle standard of the French 105th Regiment capture...
27/06/2021

This week we were proud to take part in a ceremonial handover of the eagle standard of the French 105th Regiment captured at Waterloo. The eagle is going on loan to The Household Cavalry Museum and Shop for the summer, to be reunited with the medal of the man who captured it: bit.ly/3dgQe9e

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This week we were proud to take part in a ceremonial handover of the eagle standard of the French 105th Regiment captured at Waterloo. The eagle is going on loan to The Household Cavalry Museum and Shop for the summer, to be reunited with the medal of the man who captured it: bit.ly/3dgQe9e

📸 GBPhotos

26/06/2021
Footsteps of Our Forces Challenge

This #ArmedForcesDay, get your marching boots on and join the #FootstepsOfOurForces challenge to help us, National Museum of the Royal Navy , The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M) & Commonwealth War Graves Commission tell the stories of those who have served. There's still a week to complete it, so get cracking! 💪🥾: bit.ly/2TgINaV

Today we honour #veterans as part of #ArmedForcesWeek. Last year, we marked #VJ75 with a conversation between Captain Si...
25/06/2021

Today we honour #veterans as part of #ArmedForcesWeek. Last year, we marked #VJ75 with a conversation between Captain Sir Tom Moore and Private Joseph Hammond.

Join our #FootstepsOfOurForces challenge and help us to tell the stories of those who served. bit.ly/2Y3qdma

Today we honour #veterans as part of #ArmedForcesWeek. Last year, we marked #VJ75 with a conversation between Captain Sir Tom Moore and Private Joseph Hammond.

Join our #FootstepsOfOurForces challenge and help us to tell the stories of those who served. bit.ly/2Y3qdma

Today we were honoured to host the unveiling of a bust of General Wɫadysɫaw Anders, brought about by Anna Maria Anders, ...
25/06/2021

Today we were honoured to host the unveiling of a bust of General Wɫadysɫaw Anders, brought about by Anna Maria Anders, Instytut Andersa British Poles , Arkady Rzegocki & Mistrzostwa Fundacji Skarbowości im. Jana Pawła II. The bust is now on display here, a striking symbol of the shared history of Poland and the UK.

Today we were honoured to host the unveiling of a bust of General Wɫadysɫaw Anders, brought about by Anna Maria Anders, Instytut Andersa British Poles , Arkady Rzegocki & Mistrzostwa Fundacji Skarbowości im. Jana Pawła II. The bust is now on display here, a striking symbol of the shared history of Poland and the UK.

24/06/2021
Footsteps of Our Forces Challenge

As acid-free tissue puffs support boots in our collection, you can support the Museum 😁 by joining our our #FootstepsOfOurForces challenge this #ArmedForcesWeek.

Get your marching boots on and help us tell the stories of those who serve (and their kit!) with our distance challenge: 5, 10 or 25 km. On completion, you'll get a one-of-a-kind commemorative medal.

Join hundreds of others walking this week and next, to help us, National Museum of the Royal Navy , The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M) and Commonwealth War Graves Commission to continue tell the stories of those who serve: bit.ly/2TgINaV

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A Napoleonic Eagle captured at Waterloo has been reunited with the medal of the soldier who won it, two centuries on. On...
23/06/2021

A Napoleonic Eagle captured at Waterloo has been reunited with the medal of the soldier who won it, two centuries on. On loan from us, it's now on display at The Household Cavalry Museum and Shop . Here, General Barney White-Spunner tells the story of the capture: bit.ly/3gNyzbi #WaterlooHeroes

A Napoleonic Eagle captured at Waterloo has been reunited with the medal of the soldier who won it, two centuries on. On loan from us, it's now on display at The Household Cavalry Museum and Shop . Here, General Barney White-Spunner tells the story of the capture: bit.ly/3gNyzbi #WaterlooHeroes

Many West Indians, such as women like these who joined the ATS, arrived in Britain during the War to join the war effort...
22/06/2021

Many West Indians, such as women like these who joined the ATS, arrived in Britain during the War to join the war effort; many of the 'Windrush generation' were veterans. Explore the history of Caribbean troops in the British Army in our #WestIndianSoldier exhibition #WindrushDay

Many West Indians, such as women like these who joined the ATS, arrived in Britain during the War to join the war effort; many of the 'Windrush generation' were veterans. Explore the history of Caribbean troops in the British Army in our #WestIndianSoldier exhibition #WindrushDay

We were pleased to receive Secretary of State for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden today a...
21/06/2021

We were pleased to receive Secretary of State for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden today as he visited #WestIndianSoldier exhibition. Here, he chats to our director Justin Maciejewski and soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Rifles who have helped us create learning materials for the exhibition. #ArmedForcesWeek

We were pleased to receive Secretary of State for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden today as he visited #WestIndianSoldier exhibition. Here, he chats to our director Justin Maciejewski and soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Rifles who have helped us create learning materials for the exhibition. #ArmedForcesWeek

#ArmedForcesWeek begins today, and it's also the start of our #FootstepsOfOurForces challenge!  Choose your distance and...
21/06/2021
In the Footsteps of Our Forces | National Army Museum

#ArmedForcesWeek begins today, and it's also the start of our #FootstepsOfOurForces challenge! Choose your distance and sign up to help us, The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M) , National Museum of the Royal Navy & Commonwealth War Graves Commission tell the stories of those who have served: bit.ly/2TgINaV

Get your marching boots on and join our walking challenge to show your support for those who serve and help keep their stories alive.

21/06/2021
105 Eagle es**rt

What better way to kick off #ArmedForcesWeek than a visit from The Household Cavalry , for a ceremonial handover of the eagle standard of the French 105th Regiment captured at Waterloo. Of great symbolic importance to The Blues & Royals, it's going on loan to The Household Cavalry Museum and Shop. More tomorrow...🦅

21/06/2021

Something pretty exciting is happening here this morning, we're proud to be a part of The 105th Eagle Es**rt with The Household Cavalry and The Household Cavalry Museum and Shop 🦅

#FootstepsOfOurForces challenge starts from Monday! Enter now and take your chance to gain one of these brilliant medals...
18/06/2021

#FootstepsOfOurForces challenge starts from Monday!

Enter now and take your chance to gain one of these brilliant medals by walking 5, 10 or 25 km to show your support for those who serve, and help keep their stories alive: bit.ly/2TgINaV

#ArmedForcesWeek

#FootstepsOfOurForces challenge starts from Monday!

Enter now and take your chance to gain one of these brilliant medals by walking 5, 10 or 25 km to show your support for those who serve, and help keep their stories alive: bit.ly/2TgINaV

#ArmedForcesWeek

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Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea
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Nearest tube: Sloane Square (district and circle line) Nearest mainland rail station: Victoria Station Buses: 11, 19, 22, 211 to King's Road, 137, 156, 360 to Pimlico Road, 170 stops outside the Museum

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The new National Army Museum explores the story of the British Army as an institution, its soldiers and its relationship with society and the world. The museum is open everyday from 10am-17:30pm, and entry is free. Explore five new permanent galleries called Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight, as well as the latest temporary exhibition and 0-8 soft play area Play Base.

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The National Army Museum is a leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present. We examine the army's role as protector, aggressor and peacekeeper from the British Civil Wars to the modern day. Through our collections we preserve and share stories of ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities. We explore the role of the army and its relevance today. We aim to be a first class museum that moves, inspires, challenges, educates and entertains. The National Army Museum is a fun, interactive space for all the family. Our engaging museum experience reaches out to all. We want to connect the British public with its army, regardless of age, gender, race and religion. The new National Army Museum is for everyone, no matter what they think about the British Army. So what's new? We now showcase the breadth and depth of our collections in new and engaging ways. We explore thoughts and ideas as well as real stories of real people. And we challenge the way people think about the British Army and their relationship with it. Find out more online www.nam.ac.uk