• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Soldier gallery

Visitors in the action theatre

Visitors in the action theatre

Explore the physical and emotional experience of soldiering throughout the Army’s history.


Ground Floor Lower Level

Wheelchair access:
Via the main lift

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Soldier gallery looks at what it’s like to serve as a soldier, from joining-up and training to daily life and returning home.

Although the Army is almost 400 years old, the thoughts, feelings and human experience of soldiering has remained remarkably unchanged.

Uniform on display in soldier gallery
The entrance to soldier gallery

Could you be a soldier?  

Take orders from our virtual drill sergeant and get a sense of life on the front line throughout history in our immersive action theatre.

Find out how soldiers cope with life in combat, from their use of dark humour, as seen on the Hellfire Corner trench sign, to their companionship with animals, like Crimean Tom.

A display of sporting equipment connected to the army
Explore the army's sporting history.
A child crawls through the dingo tunnel
Practise your army crawl underneath the Dingo truck.
Children using the drill sargeant interactive
Experience army discipline with our drill sergeant.
A visitor uses the interactive touch table
An army marches on its stomach: find out about the food soldiers eat.
A visitor using the role finder interactive
Discover the range of jobs and trades soldiers perform through our digital interactives.

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