• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Visit the galleries

School children visiting Soldier gallery

Self-guided visits to the galleries

Schools not wanting to attend a facilitated workshop are welcome to come for a self-guided tour of the Museum. Our interactive galleries showcase a huge number of objects that tell fascinating stories about the Army’s past and present.

How to book

Admission to the Museum is free and there is no charge for school visits. However, whether you're coming for a taught workshop or a self-guided visit, you do need to inform us in advance by completing our online booking form.

We can also offer lunch room spaces and coat/bag drop for schools. Please let us know any particular needs when booking so the Learning team can best support your visit.


The galleries at the National Army Museum are organised by theme. Each focuses on a different aspect of Army history.


Location: Floor -2

Our Formation gallery brings to life the origins and traditions of Britain's army. It introduces its evolving role on the home, European and world stage, and explores the values that motivate its soldiers.


Location: Floor 0

Our Soldier gallery examines what it's like to serve as a soldier. From joining up as a new recruit to coming home, it look at soldiers' experiences through their own words and often surprisingly personal objects.

Global Role

Location: Floor 2

Our Global Role gallery explores the deployment of Britain’s armies around the world, from the age of empire to the modern day. Many of the objects on display were collected by soldiers and reflect their interactions with different peoples and cultures.

Conflict in Europe

Location: Floor 3

Our Conflict in Europe gallery looks at the Army’s role in maintaining stability in Europe from the 1700s to the present day. It charts the ebb and flow of power and influence, and also shows how fighting on the Continent has affected the fate of the British Isles.

Army at Home

Location: Floor 3

This gallery outlines the Army's home service since the 1600s. It shows the different ways that soldiers have protected the people of Britain during national crises, and examines the Army's role in shaping identities, communities and landscapes.

Gallery trails

Support and enrich your trip by using our free curriculum-linked trails, which highlight relevant objects throughout the Museum's galleries. Gallery trails can be downloaded directly from our website.

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