• 10am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • 10am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Army gallery

Uniforms on display in Army gallery

Uniforms on display in Army gallery

Explore the British Army's origins and purpose, its traits and traditions, and its global impact.


First Floor Lower Level

Wheelchair access:
Via the main lift

Plan your visit

Army gallery looks at the individuals and events that have brought about the British Army we know today.

Discover the diverse range of people who have served in the Army, and find out what gives this 400-year-old institution its unique character.

A wall in Army gallery displaying statistics

Why do we have an army? 

Explore objects from the British Army's origins amid the chaos of civil war like Oliver Cromwell's life-sized portrait.

Inspect the uniforms of some famous faces, from Queen Elizabeth II to Lawrence of Arabia. Uncover the ranks, regiments and roles which make up the Army. And even design your own cap badge!

A visitor looks at uniforms in Army gallery

A visitor using the Hounslow Heath interactive
Explore King James II's camp with the Hounslow Heath inteactive.
A family does cap badge rubbings in Army gallery
Design your own cap badge.
The entrance to Army gallery
Explore the origins of the British Army in the turmoil of civil war.
Families play the rank matching game
Can you match the correct insignia to the rank in our rank matching game?
A visitor interacts with a survey screen
Have your say about the British Army's purpose and role in our world today.

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