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!
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.
War widows at memorial procession

Campaigning for war widows in the 21st century

  • 22 March 2019 11:30am-12:30pm *on now

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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