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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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Great new museum

Nice, tidy museum. Great exhibits and well thought out. We was there for bout 4hours. Nice little cafe to have a bite. I look forward to seeing what they do in the future. Staff... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
david_williams76
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice, tidy museum. Great exhibits and well thought out. We was there for bout 4hours. Nice little cafe to have a bite. I look forward to seeing what they do in the future. Staff seemed friendly but I didnt really have any questions for them so not sure of there knowledge.

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Thank david_williams76
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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307 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A very modern, clean building renovation but there is a lot of unused space. The cafe was a bit chaotic but it may be early days as it has not long been open. This is a free museum but they do ask for donations. The galleries are poorly lit and on the art gallery the lighting was so bad that... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The only way you will think that this place is great is if you have not visited the original museum before it was replaced with this. I was a regular visitor and user of the old NAM before the re-opening and this was a much loved and fit for purpose museum. The new museum is a mix of children's theme... More 

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Thank Robin H
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went to the NAM before Easter - about 15 minutes walk from Sloane Square tube - great building from outside - inside was not so great - no signage telling you of where the exhibitions were - there was more emphasis on classes being conducted (at a cost) along with pre-booked tours. Toilets were hard to find - again no... More 

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Thank TheSinghFamily
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Army museum is splendidly put together and is a great place to come with a school group or just friends on a free afternoon. The museum has many interactive displays and walks the a unfamiliar person with the Army's History in a very creative format. Also, I recommend ending the visit with a nice cappuccino or tea and pick... More 

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Thank SeaHawk14
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The battle section of this museum was very good, it has very detailed description of the Battle of Waterloo and they had a huge form of solders to show the battle.There wear a lot of videos showing the different battles

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Thank BG5R
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We decided to pop in to the museum as we were driving past and noticed it had re-opened after a refit. Well worth it no fee and a wealth of stuff to see, Lots of interactive stuff for children and an excellent cafe/coffee shop for worn out folk :)

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Thank jackiemol
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was my first visit to the newly re-opened National Army Museum and I must say I was really disappointed with what has been done to it. The exhibits they have on show are extremely interesting, no doubt about that, and nicely described, most of which they had prior to it's closure. The lighting in some areas make it hard... More 

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Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our family love Museums and was looking forward to visiting this newly reopened one . Even better than expected . The curation is amazing . Every aspect and detail of Army life , brilliantly resourced and laid out . Great to see Women and their roles fully detailed and documented . The interactive displays were the best we have come... More 

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Thank Mammyhippo W
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

All good - great visit. I liked the old Museum, and as a nostalgic Old Salt (but with active service time spent with the military) I was ready to be disappointed with this revamp, conducted in accordance with the current vogue for modernising museums. Different now, of course, yet it works. Serious moments, but interspersed with lots of very good... More 

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