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 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...

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...

The Battle of Dettingen, 1743

Event on 29.06.2018 11:30

On 27 June 1743, King George II commanded the British Army against the French at Dettingen. It was the last time a reigning British monarch would personally lead troops into battle. The battle was...

Armed Forces Day

Event on 30.06.2018 10:30

Join us to celebrate Armed Forces Day with tours, entertainment and family activities. All activities are free and there’s no need to book. Medal making family workshop 10.30am to 4.30pm Drop in...

Get hands on: Achievements by the Indian Army in the First World War

Event on 04.07.2018 11:00

Join a curator for a free 20-minute object handling sessions in one of our galleries. In this 20-minute object handling session, meet one of the Museum’s expert curators and learn about the forgotten...

Behind the scenes: Artists Rifles

Event on 04.07.2018 18:30

Discover the history of the Artists Rifles in the Museum’s collections. The Artists Rifles regiment was formed in 1860 by a group of painters, architects, poets, sculptors, musicians and actors...

Bluebirds of War: Canadian nurses in the First World War

Event on 06.07.2018 11:30

Dr Andrea McKenzie discusses the experiences of Canadian nurses during the First World War. For four years, over 3,800 Canadian nursing sisters tended to the wounded and ill soldiers of the First...

Operation Husky, 1943

Event on 13.07.2018 11:30

Will Fowler discusses the amphibious and airborne assault on Sicily in 1943. Operation Husky was a major campaign of the Second World War in which the Allies captured the island of Sicily from the...

Soldiers Out: LGBTQ Tour

Event on 13.07.2018 14:00

Kelsey Loveless, from the National Army Museum, explores LGBTQ narratives within the British Army in a tour of the museum’s galleries. This tour will highlight the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

Remembering Australians in the First World War

Event on 20.07.2018 11:30

Dr Jenny Macleod explores Australia’s experience of the First World War and traces how it has been remembered ever since. July and August 2018 mark the centenary of what General Monash termed ‘The...

British perspectives on the Korean War and its aftermath

Event on 27.07.2018 11:30

Dr Grace Huxford discusses the end of the Korean War on its 65th anniversary. It is often stated that the Korean War (1950-53) never actually ended. Although an armistice was signed at Panmunjom in...

The evolution of military camouflage

Event on 03.08.2018 11:30

Artists were very much involved with devising the first patterns of camouflage used by the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War. This deployment of artists continued into the...

100 years since the 100 Days: How the First World War transformed the army

Event on 10.08.2018 11:30

The First World War transformed the British Army beyond all recognition. By 1918, four years of conflict, casualties and innovation across the globe, had evolved the Army into a highly efficient,...

The development of British artillery on the Western Front

Event on 24.08.2018 11:30

Dr Breer will discuss the evolutions and revolutions in design and technology of artillery from the late 19th century to the end of the First World War. He will explore why the British Army came...

The Special Boat Squadron in the Second World War: A band of renegade cut-throats

Event on 31.08.2018 11:30

The Special Boat Squadron (SBS) was formed as a separate unit from the Special Air Service (SAS) in early 1943. It was an elite fighting force which never comprised more than 200 soldiers. Led by...

The Muddy Choir

Event on 07.11.2018

It is November 1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres is lurching towards its bloody conclusion. Young soldiers Will, Robbie and Jumbo are thrust into a landscape starkly different to the playing...