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“great place to learn about the british army”

National Army Museum
Ranked #315 of 1,656 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“great place to learn about the british army”
Reviewed 12 November 2013 via mobile

Nice exhibits, especially the new one, about the war in Afghanistan. Recommended if you really interested in the history of armies, warfare and weapons.

Visited November 2013
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Woodbridge, Suffolk
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“Excellent Museum”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

I wasn't expecting a great deal at The National Army Museum but ended up pleasantly surprised at what was on offer. There's something to keep everybody happy - I especially liked the vast WW1 & WW2 area. Great place to go if you need to learn about a specific conflict period.

It took 3 hours - instead of the 1 hour we'd planned, but we still didn't get the whole thing done, so need to visit again in the next few years.

Visited November 2013
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Southport, England, United Kingdom
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“An excellent Museum - well worth a visit”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Situated next to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, I found this museum a joy to visit with lots and lots of interesting exhibits to both look at and to get interactive way.

For me the highlight was the huge diorama of the Waterloo battlefield.

The only problem with getting to this excellent museum is that there are no tube stations near it, so you could walk it from a nearby tube station or get the bus, which is what I did.

Visited October 2013
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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“So typical of dumbed down Britain”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

Could be very good and certainly there is much in there but..........

The place is alive with screaming kids. Please dont tell me that they are there for educational reasons; some were in prams and pushchairs!

Bit too accessible for my liking, but not as god-awful PC and accessible as the IWM or the Maritime museum.

If you want a childrens playground for Trustafarian nannies to dump their kids for the day, then this is the place. As a serious educational or academic establishment - dreadful.

I've been to the lectures here as well and they seem to insist on holding them in the art gallery which has poor acoustics, uncomfortable seats and marginal AV system. Why they cannot use the marvelous lecture theatre downstairs is beyond me.

Typical dumbed-down Britain. If you are not having fun you cant be learning. No wonder we are a shambles as a country.

Visited November 2013
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“One of London's hidden gems”
Reviewed 31 October 2013

A superb museum, well laid out and thought provoking displays, pictures, photographs and objects of interest. Plenty of information and hands-on learning activities. There are many smaller rooms, nooks and crannies where you find yourself thinking: "What's in there?" "What does this do? "Where does this lead to?". I learned so much from my visit and highly recommend the museum to anybody with an interest in history or the military. There was also a resonably priced cafe, and museum shop selling interesting gifts and mementoes. Will look forward to visiting again when the museum has been rebuilt per the exciting new plans in the next couple of years.

Visited October 2013
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