The National Army Museum – A Museum for the British Army
The National Army Museum located in the heart of London’s Chelsea recounts the history of the British Army, from the English Civil War to the present times. The museum is presently undergoing a huge transformation and hence closed for public. By the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum is expected to reopen in 2017 with many exciting new visitors’ attractions. Once reopened the museum will feature a new café, research facilities, learning suite, and shop and play space for kids aged seven and below. During the museum’s closure, the organizers have arranged for a program of events, exhibitions and walks at various venues in the city and across other parts of the country.
Entry is Free!
The museum is open to public between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm every day, except 24-26 December and 1 January. This is one of the museums in London that have free entry, but the museum is closed since 1 May 2014 for a major transformation.
A Short History
Having gained the status of a non-departmental public body in 1983, the idea of establishing a museum with this theme was first conceived in the late 1950s. Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer did most of the fundraising for its opening. The Royal Charter in 1960 authenticated the opening of the museum with an intention of collecting, exhibiting and preserving objects and records connected with Auxiliary and the Regular forces of the British Army, and also of the Commonwealth. The intention is also to encourage research into the history and traditions of these armed forces. The displays at the museum after the scheduled reopening will be thematic rather than chronological.
Reaching the Museum
The Museum is easily reachable by a 10-15 minutes’ walk from the Sloane Square Tube Station and also by train once you get down at the Victoria Station. Bus service is also available with a stop very near to the museum.