World Wars, 1905-1945

Permanent exhibition

This gallery explores the role of the British Commonwealth's civilian armies and their defence of democracy during the First and Second World Wars, the era of 'Total War'

Changing the World 1784-1904

Permanent exhibition

This gallery examines the British Army's role in the expansion and defence of British trade, political interest, and empire, and its effect on the shape of Britain and the world today

Kids' Zone

Permanent exhibition

This colourful children's play area explores aspects of army life from camping to clothing and includes a dedicated soft-play space for babies, plus arts and crafts, dressing-up costumes, books,...

The World's Army – Empire, Commonwealth and Dominion Soldiers

Permanent exhibition

Explore the lives of people from around the world involved in the First and Second World Wars and the great advance made in technologies of warfare in our family interactive zone

Victorian Soldier Action Zone

Permanent exhibition

Are you a drummer boy, an infantryman or a cavalry officer? Find out in the Museum's interactive Victorian Action Zone. Quizzes, games and hands-on activities help you learn about life as a Victorian...

Korea 1950 – 53: The Cold War's Hot War

Permanent exhibition

Examine the role of the British Army during the first and only UN war to date. Mixing personal objects and artefacts from the Museum's collection with contemporary media reports

The Making of Britain Display

Permanent exhibition

Investigate the Army's role in creating and defending the nation state of Great Britain we know today

National Service Display

Permanent exhibition

Explore the contribution of Britain's post-war national service conscripts as they moved from civilian to soldier. Personal stories of endless drilling and grueling inspections are contrasted with...

Conflicts of Interest

Permanent exhibition

Looking beyond the media headlines, explore the conflicting interests of enforcing peace through a violent means, balancing global security with the needs of vulnerable communities and the demands of...

World Wars, 1905-1945

Permanent exhibition

Explore the role of the British Commonwealth's civilian armies and their defence of democracy during the First and Second World Wars, the era of 'Total War'

Changing the World 1784 – 1904

Permanent exhibition

Examining the British Army's role in expansion and defence of British trade, political interest, and empire, and its effect on the shape of Britain and the world today

Kids' Zone

Permanent exhibition

Discover the Museum’s new soft-play area, with forest and arctic themed climbing frames for kids to scale, slide and run through. This colourful children's play area explores aspects of army life...

Security and the army tour

Event until 01.12.2018 0:00

In 2018 we’re looking at the army’s role in UK and world security throughout history. This monthly tour will highlight some of the objects and stories related to key moments and the people involved....

Special Forces: Out of the Shadows

Event until 18.11.2018 0:00

Founded during the Second World War, the Special Forces is made up of six elite units, each with a unique role in British security and military operations. The exhibition looks at the work of these...

Special Forces: Out of the Shadows

Event until 01.11.2018 0:00

Founded during the Second World War, the Special Forces is made up of six elite units, each with a unique role in British security and military operations. The exhibition looks at the work of these...

The Abyssinian War, 1867-68: Campaigning in ‘a country of which we know so little’

Event on 27.04.2018 11:30

In 1867, Emperor Theodore II of Ethiopia seized several European hostages in a breach of diplomatic immunity. Hear how Britain launched a punitive expedition under Sir Robert Napier, accompanied by a...

Poetry writing workshop: Armistice

Event on 28.04.2018 11:00

In response to the British Army’s 2018 poetry writing competition, ‘Writing Armistice’, this family-friendly workshop will take inspiration from First World War poets, as well as objects in the...

‘Writing Armistice’ prize-giving ceremony

Event on 28.04.2018 14:00

2018 marks the centenary of the Armistice. In this year of national commemoration, the Army invited poets to respond to this event, encouraging them to visit museums nationwide for inspiration....

Behind the scenes: Anzac collections workshop

Event on 28.04.2018 14:00

As we mark Anzac Day, our Templer Study Centre Manager, Robert Fleming, will guide you through some highlights of the Museum’s collections exploring Australian and New Zealand soldiers’ experiences....

Kate Adie and Frank Gardner in conversation

Event on 02.05.2018 18:30

Chaired by BBC World News correspondent, Yalda Hakim, this conversation will explore the relationship between journalism and the Army. Drawing on their personal experiences, Kate Adie and Frank...

The British fiasco in Norway, 1940

Event on 04.05.2018 11:30

Drawing on his own experiences at all levels in the military, John Kiszely will assess the British campaign in Norway and its context and evolution. He will assess the strategic failures and...

Get hands on: Remembrance and memorial of the First World War

Event on 08.05.2018 11:00

In this 20-minute handling session, meet a curator and handle some objects relating to remembrance and the First World War. Suitable for all ages. Suitable for Any age Website...

A Different Kind of Radicalisation: The British Army, victory in Tunisia and ‘The Road to 1945’

Event on 11.05.2018 11:30

The victory in Tunisia was of immense significance. Barely a year after the catastrophic defeats of the summer of 1942, the shores of North Africa were in Allied hands. At the same time as this...

London Craft Week: Meet an armourer

Event on 12.05.2018 10:30

For London Craft Week, we’re discovering how and why armour is designed and made. Graham Ashford will demonstrate some armouring techniques and give you the chance to handle the finished...

Book Launch: Haig's Enemy

Event on 16.05.2018 18:30

During the First World War, Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria was the German general who was the closest counterpart to, and main antagonist of, both Sir John French and Sir Douglas Haig. Dr...

Jock Lewes: A Spy After All

Event on 18.05.2018 11:30

Set in the wartime years of 1940-41, John Lewes’s novel tells the fictional account of Jock Steel, a young British Army officer and spy. The story features some of the real-life adventures of his...

Behind the scenes: Caring for collections

Event on 18.05.2018 14:00

On International Museum Day, join our Collections Manager, Terri Dendy, to learn about the conservation and preservation of the Museum’s objects. You can also pick up some tips on how to care for...

Ice Maidens

Event on 23.05.2018 18:30

On 20 November 2017, the Ice Maidens – a team made up of women serving in the British Army or Army Reserve - set out on a 1,000-mile expedition across Antarctica. They completed the task 62 days...

Weapons that wound, hands that heal

Event on 25.05.2018 11:30

Throughout history, increasingly sophisticated weapons have been developed in the effort to gain an advantage in warfare. The medical profession has had to adapt to these changes in order to save...

Half term: Be a journalist

Event on 26.05.2018 10:30

Join us this May half-term to flex your tech skills and create a mini-documentary about some of the Museum’s objects. Discover the stories behind the objects, write a script and record your film...

Walking tour: Beyond the battlefield

Event on 31.05.2018 13:45

Led by guides from Brompton Cemetery and the National Army Museum, this walking tour will uncover the personal stories behind some of the cemetery’s monuments, linking them to the National Army...

A cool and lonely courage: The women of SOE F Section.

Event on 01.06.2018 11:30

Chosen to work in a secretive, clandestine and mainly male domain, the women of the Special Operations Executive, French Section (SOE F) were remarkable individuals. Ranging from housewives to...