• 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.

About the gallery

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

The Army has a history of more than 350 years' unbroken service. The gallery shows that, during this time, the human experience of soldiering - both physical and psychological - has remained remarkably unchanged.

  • Duration: Around 45 minutes
  • Access: Via the main lift
  • Location: Floor 0
Plan your visit
Uniform on display in soldier gallery

Challenge yourself to see whether you 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 child crawls through the dingo tunnel

Children taking the drill sergeant challenge

A visitor uses the interactive touch table
A visitor using the role finder interactive

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