Last updated: 27 January 2017
We are excited to announce the new National Army Museum will be opening its doors to the public on 30 March 2017. It will feature five new state-of-the-art galleries, a new early learning facility called Play Base, and much more. Here Director General Janice Murray gives an overview of what’s to come.
A visualisation of the Museum's atrium, looking out to the galleries
After almost three years, I’m excited to announce the new National Army Museum will open on 30 March 2017. We look forward to welcoming visitors to experience the extraordinary results of our £23.75 million re-development.
Our new museum will feature five new thematic galleries – Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight – telling the story of the British Army from the 17th century, up to the present day. They will showcase more than 2,500 objects, and are filled with fun interactives.
There are so many great new objects going into the new Museum. A few of my favourites include Lawrence of Arabia’s robes, and a child’s dressing gown with military badges sewn on.
Child's dressing gown with military badges, 1943
From toys to fashion, medicine to technology, the British Army connects with us in many different ways, and the galleries will provide visitors with a space to discuss the army and its relevance to society today. Find out more about each of the galleries here.
You’ll be able to experience more of the Museum’s collection through our 500 square metre temporary exhibition space, which will feature new, fresh and timely displays. We have also developed a new, state-of-the-art archive store, allowing easy access to materials for users of our new Templer Study Centre.
Another exciting area of the Museum is our new early years learning facility, Play Base. Children can check out games from the Quarter Masters Store, get hands-on with building blocks, or conquer the assault course!
The Museum will also boast a fresh new café, catered by Searcys, and a shop filled with gifts inspired by the galleries.
I’d like to take this time to say a special thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting the project with a £11.5m grant, the Ministry of Defence for continued support, and of course all of our donors. This project would not have been possible without their contributions.
Our museum will be a bright, contemporary space, where visitors of all ages can learn and talk about the British Army, and we cannot wait to welcome you from 30 March 2017.
In the coming weeks, we will be revealing the new National Army Museum logo, and our brand new website. Keep in touch by following us on Facebook, Twitter or sign up to our e-newsletter. #NewNAM