The National Army Museum reopened 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 (HLF). The Museum has gone through a radical transformation to maximise access to, and engagement with, the Collection. The main Chelsea site is a welcoming, accessible and flexible environment, which enables the National Army Museum to manage increasing visitor figures.
Their described mission is to tell the story of ‘Our Army’ and the people who have served in. Inspire, engage and educate through our world class Museum and Collection. Aiming to be a bridge between the British Army and society, the Museum explores the role of Our Army and its relevance today. Through our collections we preserve and share stories of ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities We have put our visitors at the heart of the Museum the Army’s story is for everyone, and we deliver that in our new galleries.
The contemporary new building includes over 2,500 objects in five permanent thematic galleries, laid out over four floors–Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight. In addition the Museum houses a study centre, a three-room learning centre, as well as a café, shop and Play Base, where children aged zero to eight can learn through play.
To complement this, the Museum runs a comprehensive public programme including its Friday Insights lecture series and a wide range of specialist and general events popular with families and expert audiences alike. Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918 is the Museum’s second charging exhibition since re-opening. The well-received Special Forces: In the Shadows proceeded this from March -October 2018.
The Museum also has a dedicated learning offering and offers a varied set of school workshops that are linked to the national curriculum for both primary and secondary schools.
The Museum has dedicated spaces available for hire for corporate presentations and team building workshops to drinks receptions and dinner parties. Play Base is available for private hire and exclusive use for children’s birthday parties.
Open daily except 25-26 December and 1 January.
General admittance to Museum is free, although Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918 is charged.
Adult ticket £6 and concessions apply.
Opening hours: 10am–5.30pm (Monday–Sunday), 10am–8pm
(first Wednesday of every month. (Please check website for opening hours in December 2018 and January 2019).