National Army Museum - Explore, Learn and Play Every Day with Free Entry

National Army Museum, Chelsea

Suitable for 0-100 years

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Explore the new National Army Museum and discover the five dynamic new galleries showcasing thousands of objects, and stories from the army's history.

Four floors of interactive fun in the permanent galleries - Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight. The museum tells the story of the British Army, openly asking questions about its role and purpose. The whole family can explore its 2,500 objects and interactives. 

Full of fascinating objects, surprising stories and interactive fun this newly refurbished hidden gem is a fantastic family focused day out for all ages, revealing the extraordinary stories of ordinary people.

  • Climb aboard an interactive tank to experience life as a tank crew in WWII
  • See if you've got what it takes to impress a virtual drill sergeant
  • Test your leadership and strategy skills
  • Have a go at drumming out battlefield orders on a war drum
  • Become a member of the royal guard and more!

Throughout the summer families discover engineering techniques and have a go at the construction challenge. Where children will transform spaces into different environments to explore how the army adapts to its surroundings. Drop in anytime between 10.15am and 4pm to take part in a free session. No booking is required.

Don't forget to check out the Play Base! 

An immersive experience for 0-8 year olds, offering a variety of fun and engaging activities. Inside Play Base children can take part in an assault course, drive a Command liaison vehicle, get messy in the cookhouse and sort provisions in the quartermaster’s store. The baby area includes soft, padded space for the youngest visitors. Play Base sessions last an hour and cost £4.50 per child. 

Dates and Prices

Opening Hours:

Museum and Shop

  • Open daily: 10am - 5.30pm
  • Last admission: 5pm
  • Open until 8pm on the first Wednesday of every month.

Play Base

  • Open daily: 9.40am - 5.20pm
  • Last admission: 4.20pm

The Café

  • Open daily: 10am - 5pm

Price Information: 

  • National Army Museum is FREE to enter
  • £4.50 per child and accompanying adult for an hour session in the Play Base
Need to Know
  • The National Army Museum hopes that everyone who visits will be able to enjoy their experience. There is full access to the galleries and there are a wide range of services for disabled visitors.
  • The National Army Museum also runs a number of special events, kids workshops and talks throughout the year. Please see here for more information.
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What makes National Army Museum family friendly

Baby Changing
Baby Changing
Disabled toilets
Disabled toilets

Address and Contact Info

National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road

Nearest Station: Sloane Square Station
Nearest Park: College Court