The National Army Museum has announced that it will open to the public on 30 March 2017 after a three-year £23.75 million re-development project including £11.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The main Chelsea site has been reconfigured with architects BDP to create a more welcoming, accessible and flexible environment, enabling the National Army Museum to manage increasing visitor figures, predicted to reach 400,000 by 2026. Aiming to be a bridge between the British Army and society the Museum will encourage greater public engagement with ideas of defence and security, both past and present.
The building will include over 2,500 objects in five permanent thematic galleries, over four floors; Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight. There will also be a 500m2 exhibition space, study centre, learning centre, café, shop and Play Base.
“The new National Army Museum is a bright, contemporary space where visitors of all ages can learn about the British Army past and present,” said Director General of the National Army Museum, Janice Murray.
“The thematic galleries provide a space to explore and discuss the army and its relevance to society in ways that we sometimes would not imagine from fashion and films to flood defences and, of course, conflict. We are excited to welcome visitors to come and explore this story with us in the new Chelsea museum.”