National Army Museum

National Army Museum
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Open daily: 10am - 5.30pm
(Last admission: 5pm)

Closed: 25, 26 December and 1 January

Open until 8pm on the first Wednesday of every month.

Admission charges

Free of charge

Getting there

The National Army Museum is situated on Royal Hospital Road, directly next door to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Rail
Victoria Station is a 20-minute walk from the Museum. You can find London Rail maps on the Transport for London website.

Tube
Sloane Square (Circle and District Lines) is a 10-minute walk from the Museum. You can find London Tube maps on the Transport for London website.

Bus
Several bus routes stop within walking distance of the Museum:

Routes 11, 19, 22, 211 and 319 (King's Road)
Routes C1, 137 and 360 (Chelsea Bridge Road)
Route 170 (Royal Hospital Road, stops directly in front of the Museum)

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Photography, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Visit the National Army Museum and find out how Britain's past has helped to shape our present and our future. Discover the impact our Army has had on the story of Britain, Europe and the world, and see how the actions of a few can affect the futures of many.
  • See portraits by Reynolds and Gainsborough, a lamp used by Florence Nightingale and even the skeleton of Napoleon’s horse!
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The Relief of the Light Brigade, 25th October 1854

Call in the Cavalry

  • 25 October 2018 — 3 March 2019 *on now

From flamboyant uniforms to fast horses, this exhibition looks at the shared heritage between the Hungarian and British hussars. During the 19th century, 12 British Army regiments were retitled or created as hussars, adopting traditions established by the Hungarian hussars of the 17th century. Over the years, the original British hussar regiments have amalgamated to form the three present-day units: The King's Royal Hussars, the Queen's Royal Hussars and the Light Dragoons.

Come and discover their histories and the distinctive, dazzling uniforms which earned some regiments nicknames like The Shiny Tenth and The Old Saucy Seventh. Learn about the traditions they have developed, and the many famous cavalry charges they have taken part in. The exhibition includes contributions from the Hungarian Institute and Museum of Military History.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/call-cavalry

Oil painting by Alfred Munnings: Halt on the March by a Stream at Nesle

Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918

  • 30 November 2018 — 3 March 2019 *on now

Sir Alfred Munnings was one of Britain’s most celebrated equine artists. This exhibition features over 40 original paintings from his time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Shown in England for the first time in a century, his impressionist paintings highlight the role of horses in military operations, while capturing the beauty of these animals in the war-affected landscapes of France.

Discover more on the work of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and the Forestry Corps through these paintings on loan from the Canadian War Museum as well as selected works from the National Army Museum’s own collection. The exhibition has been developed by the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa, Canada), in partnership with The Munnings Art Museum (Dedham, UK) and generously sponsored by The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation. Local support kindly provided by Juddmonte.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6 adults
£5 concessions
£4 groups
£4 students
Under 16s free
Serving Army personnel free

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.
Children playing with giant dice

Giant games for little soldiers

  • 16 — 24 February 2019 *on now

Step inside a life-size board game this February half-term and battle it out to see who wins. Take on family-friendly tasks and complete First World War-themed challenges to be the first over the finish line.

Sessions run at the following times:
11am - 11.30am
12pm - 12.30pm
1pm - 1.30pm
2.30pm - 3pm
3.30pm - 4pm

Family activities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Collect a free ticket at the Welcome Desk. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE, Booking is not required.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/giant-games-little-soldiers

Two soldiers felling a tree in the Vosges, during the First World War

British Sign Language tour: Alfred Munnings

  • 23 February 2019 2-3pm *on now

Join Edward Richards for a BSL guided tour of the National Army Museum's major exhibition, 'Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918'.

Sir Alfred Munnings was one of Britain's most celebrated equine artists. The exhibition features over 40 original paintings from his time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

Displayed together for the first time in a century, these impressionist paintings cover equine subjects, portraiture and pastoral landscapes. They highlight the role of horses in military operations, capturing their beauty in the war-affected landscapes of France in 1918.

Spaces are limited to 15 people per tour. Pre-booking is required.

The exhibition includes paintings on loan from the Canadian War Museum, as well as selected works from the National Army Museum's own collection.

The exhibition has been developed by the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa, Canada), in partnership with The Munnings Art Museum (Dedham, UK) and generously sponsored by The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10.50, Concessions: £9.50, Carers: FREE

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/british-sign-language-tour-alfred-munnings

Ann Witheridge demonstrating painting techniques to a student

Making an impression: The art of portrait painting

  • 26 February 2019 6-8pm

Join Ann Witheridge, the founder of London Fine Art Studios, for this lively portrait painting demonstration.

To complement the National Army Museum's current exhibitions, Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918 and Call in the Cavalry, we’re hosting this demonstration of portrait painting.

Using Munnings’ impressionist style, Ann will create an oil portrait of a British soldier in uniform. Throughout the demonstration, she will provide a live commentary on the techniques she is using.

Ann Witheridge studied History of Art at Cambridge University and is now a professional artist and teacher. She is the founder of London Fine Art Studios.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10.00, Booking is required.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/making-impression-art-portrait-painting

World War 1 soldiers sit by a stream at Nesle, resting their horses

Curator tour: Alfred Munnings

  • 27 February 2019 11am-12pm

Join a curator on an hour-long tour of the National Army Museum's current exhibition, 'Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918'.

Sir Alfred Munnings was one of Britain's most celebrated equine artists. This exhibition features over 40 original paintings from his time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

Displayed together for the first time in a century, these impressionist paintings cover equine subjects, portraiture and pastoral landscapes. They highlight the role of horses in military operations, capturing their beauty in the war-affected landscapes of France in 1918.

As an official war artist commissioned by the Canadian War Memorials Fund, Munnings provides an insight into the men of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and the Canadian Forestry Corps. His paintings demonstrate both the important role of the cavalry on the Western Front and the vital work behind the lines that sustained the war effort.

Munnings' wartime artwork was pivotal in establishing his success and securing his admittance to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1919.

The exhibition includes paintings on loan from the Canadian War Museum, as well as selected works from the National Army Museum's own collection.

The exhibition has been developed by the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa, Canada), in partnership with The Munnings Art Museum (Dedham, UK) and generously sponsored by The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10.50, Concessions: £9.50

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/curator-tour-alfred-munnings-3

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The Drum Horse in the Picture

  • 1 March 2019 From 10:30am

Join regimental historian, Christopher Joll, as he examines the British cavalry's use of drum horses and tells the story of Paddy II, the subject of a famous painting by Sir Alfred Munnings.

There will be a book signing with the author after the event.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/drum-horse-picture

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Women and the Army

  • 2 March 2019 10am-4:30pm

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the National Army Museum is hosting a day of performances, music and talks, exploring how women have helped shape the British Army.

Talks
Hear first-hand accounts from current and former female soldiers as they share their personal experiences of the British Army.

Music
Listen to performances by the Military Wives Choirs, made up of women in the military community who join together to sing, share and support one another.

Step back in time
Hear the story of Mother Ross, who disguised herself as a man to enlist in the Army in the 17th century. Join her on an adventure to find her husband in this family-friendly performance. Then, learn what life was like for women in the Army during the Second World War by putting your questions to a soldier of the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

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Double Crossed

  • 6 March 2019 6-8pm

Brian Wood MC discusses his military career with former soldier Johnny Mercer MP.

At the age of 23, Brian Wood was thrust into the front line of the Iraq War at the infamous Battle of Danny Boy. When his unit was ambushed by insurgents, he led a charge across open ground under heavy fire. His men emerged with no serious casualties and saved the lives of many other soldiers in the process. This act of outstanding bravery earned Brian the Military Cross.

But those same events led to a decade of trauma. Brian suffered from PTSD and struggled to fit back into civilian life. He was then summoned to give evidence at an inquiry into allegations of war crimes by British soldiers during the Iraq campaign.

After years of public shame, these accusations were shown to be false and justice was finally served. Brian introduces his memoirs in: Double Crossed – a code of honour, a complete betrayal, published by Penguin Random House UK.

Admission

£7 concessions £5

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/double-crossed

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The Women of the SOE and Ravensbrück camp

  • 8 March 2019 From 11:30am

On International Women’s Day, join Dr Kate Vigurs to learn about seven significant women who risked their lives for an important cause.

Towards the end of the Second World War, seven women of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) were captured behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied France. Arrested, interrogated and eventually imprisoned in Ravensbrück concentration camp, it was the Nazis’ intention that they would disappear without trace.

Unprotected by the Geneva Convention and beyond Allied help, the lives of seven women hung in the balance. This is the story of their recruitment, training, missions and eventual fate.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/women-soe-and-ravensbruck-camp

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The adventures of Mother Ross

  • 9 March 2019 From 11am, From 1pm, From 3pm

Watch with the live performance of the incredible tale of Mother Ross. Mother Ross, alias Kit Cavanagh, disguised herself as a man to join the British Army in a brave attempt to try to find her husband who had gone missing at war.

She was a respected and well-loved soldier, serving in both the Nine Years War and the War of the Spanish Succession, until her secret was discovered.

This performance is part of Women's History Month and delivered by History’s Maid, Kate Vigurs.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/adventures-mother-ross

Picture of Wasbies pouring tea for the troops

The Wasbies in the Second World War

  • 15 March 2019 11:30am-12:30pm

Elizabeth Lockart-Mure tells the little-known story of the Women's Auxiliary Service (Burma), which ran mobile canteens for the Allied troops involved in the Burma campaign.

During the Second World War, the 14th Army was supported by an intrepid group of women known colloquially as the Wasbies - the Women's Auxiliary Service (Burma) or WAS(B). Elizabeth Lockart-Mure's account of these brave women is taken from the surviving diary of Maria Pilbrow, documenting her experiences in India and Burma with the 14th Army.

There will be a book signing with the author after the event.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, Booking recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/wasbies-second-world-war

The National Army Museum front exterior

At Ease early opening

  • 16 March 2019 8:30-10am

The National Army Museum will open at 8.30am until 10am exclusively for visitors with disabilities and additional sensory needs. Select interactives will be turned off, noises and lights turned down, and a quiet room will be available for downtime. The museum will present a more relaxed environment for learning about the British Army and the people who have served in it.
All visitors to this special early opening will be sent a visual story in advance to provide an idea of what to expect on arrival.
The museum proudly houses a Changing Places toilet and sensory backpacks will be available to further enhance the experience with tactile aids.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, Booking recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/ease-early-opening

Photograph of soldier with horse

BSL-led family storytelling

  • 16 March 2019 From 11am, From 1pm

Discover more about Army animals in this British Sign Language-led, bilingual and interactive storytelling session, designed specifically for deaf and hearing families to enjoy together.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, Booking recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/bsl-led-family-storytelling

War widows at memorial procession

Campaigning for war widows in the 21st century

  • 22 March 2019 11:30am-12:30pm

Mary Moreland, Chairman of the War Widows Association, discusses the charity’s history and its role in campaigning for equality for all war widows in Great Britain.
Since its formation in 1971, the War Widows Association has achieved many milestone improvements in the life conditions of war widows and their dependants, including in pensions and benefits.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, Booking recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/campaigning-war-widows-21st-century

National Army Museum

British Sign Language tour: Gallery highlights

  • 23 March 2019 From 2pm

Explore the history of the British Army with Edward Richards on a BSL guided tour of the museum’s five main galleries.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, Booking recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/british-sign-language-tour-gallery-highlights

A book on Churchill by Andrew Roberts

Churchill: Walking with Destiny

  • 28 March 2019 6-8pm

Join Andrew Roberts for an evening talk on his new book which examines how much Winston Churchill’s belief in his own personal destiny affected his wartime premiership.
Winston Churchill towers above every other figure in 20th-century British history. By the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1965, many thought of him as the greatest man in the world.

There have been over a thousand previous biographies of Churchill. Andrew Roberts now draws on over 40 new sources, including the private diaries of King George VI, to depict him more intimately and persuasively than ever before.

There will be a book signing with the author after the event.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15.00 adults, £12.50 concessions, Booking recommended.

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/churchill-walking-destiny

Soldiers fighting at Rorke's Drift

'Then, the Red Soldier': The Zulu War, 140 years on

  • 29 March 2019 11:30am-12:30pm

Join author Ian Knight to find out more about the origins and impact of the Zulu War, and how it is perceived today.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, Booking recommended

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/then-red-soldier-zulu-war-140-years

Getting there

The National Army Museum is situated on Royal Hospital Road, directly next door to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Rail
Victoria Station is a 20-minute walk from the Museum. You can find London Rail maps on the Transport for London website.

Tube
Sloane Square (Circle and District Lines) is a 10-minute walk from the Museum. You can find London Tube maps on the Transport for London website.

Bus
Several bus routes stop within walking distance of the Museum:

Routes 11, 19, 22, 211 and 319 (King's Road)
Routes C1, 137 and 360 (Chelsea Bridge Road)
Route 170 (Royal Hospital Road, stops directly in front of the Museum)

National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
London
Greater London
SW3 4HT
England

Website

https://www.nam.ac.uk

E-mail

General information

info@nam.ac.uk

Telephone

Information line

020 7881 6606

Switchboard

020 7730 0717

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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