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National Army Museum

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Address: Royal Hospital Road | Chelsea, London SW3 4HT, England
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+44 20 7730 0717
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The National Army Museum will open its bright new building to the public on...

The National Army Museum will open its bright new building to the public on 30 March 2017. It features

five dynamic new galleries showcase thousands of objects from across our collections. They tell a huge range of stories from the army's history. Visitors can learn how to drum a battle command, or experience taking charge of a tank!

The galleries offer many perspectives. They address fundamental questions such as 'Why do we have an army?', examine the army's relationship with society, and show how it has touched virtually every part of the world. They also reveal individual experiences of life as a soldier, including the conflicts they have fought in.

The 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.

We aim to be a first class museum that moves, inspires, challenges, educates and entertains.

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.

The new National Army Museum is for everyone, no matter what they think about the British Army.

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A large cafe with a small museum attached.

Visited on a rainy afternoon to escape the weather. I had not visited before the refurbishment but from previous reviews I can imagine that like the Imperial War Museum used to... read more

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London
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36 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited on a rainy afternoon to escape the weather. I had not visited before the refurbishment but from previous reviews I can imagine that like the Imperial War Museum used to be, the exhibits would have been arranged in chronological order and there would be separate areas for different wars and campaigns. As others have reported the museum is a... More 

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Bury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited the museum around three years ago, and was impressed then. Since that time the meeting has been closed for some time and has been completely renovated and reordered. With a large open atrium, there are four floors of exhibits, well laid out to give you a lengthy tour of each section. It was late in the day and... More 

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Thank David H
Bromley, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum was reopened in March. It's is vastly improved with easy access throughout. Owing to space limitations the displays gave an overview of army life and periods of history. There done a good job in this respect. A couple of downers - The Battle of Waterloo interactive model didn't work properly, so you had to work harder at absorbing... More 

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Thank Richard M B
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great to see this museum reopen. Lots to see and do for all ages. The only issue I have was that there should be sighs asking those who have very young children to keep an eye on them . as we where walking round the gallery full of old paintings a very young child was under the wire and pulling... More 

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Thank Victoria B
Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is quite accessible from central London via the tube. Arriving at 12 AM we decided to start with lunch in the cafeteria, which was really surprisingly good and reasonably priced. The exhibits, especially the weaponry were extremely interesting. I also enjoyed the section on how war is depicted in both film and music. One small complaint is that... More 

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Thank Yankeehoya
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While I am pleased that the National Army Museum (NAM) has been completely refurbished and fitted out with lots of modern interactive displays, some of which might appeal to young children (?), arranging the entire collection around the four themes of Battle, Society, Army and Soldier is confused and confusing and diminishes the learning experience. On entering the museum, assuming... More 

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Thank Mazandrew433
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the kids play area and the café, both nice. Café had many options and child friendly. The kids area is nice but a bit expensive for what you get. Nice to do once in a while.

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Thank Anna A
Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is another free to enter museum besides the popular British Museum and Imperial War Museum. It is new and had just been reopened after 3 years of rebuilding. What stands out in this museum as compared to others are its numerous interactive stations and photo taking booths to make the visit more memorable and enriching. There are also treasures... More 

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Thank kerr20142014
Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting London and needed to fill a morning. Someone suggested we might like the National Army Museum. The directions on the website are easy to follow, and an added bonus is that you walk passed the Chelsea Barracks too. The museum is free to enter, and is very well set out. There is a very eclectic range of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a great fan if the national army museum , always finding a new snippet each visit However , the museum since the refurbishment is so confusing , no chronological order for the birth of the army or its regiments . He previous exhibits had fabulous displays of the Militia days and what the army was like for them... More 

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