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

VE Day 75: Wartime Weekend

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VE Day 75
Celebrate 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. Be transported back in time with our Victory Street, military music, and topical talks.

In May 1945, the Second World War in Europe came to an end with the unconditional surrender of all German forces. 8 May was declared a national holiday - Victory in Europe Day - and celebrations swept the country.

Join us to commemorate, reflect and celebrate this momentous event 75 years on.


The Nation's Toast (Friday only)

At 3pm on Friday 8 May, we will be observing the Nation's Toast to the heroes of the Second World War. Pensioners from the Royal Hospital Chelsea will be in attendance and the Band of the Household Cavalry will play throughout the afternoon.

Victory Street

Step back in time as you enter the Museum's immersive 'Victory Street'. Meet a cast of celebrating soldiers and civilians in this recreation of a wartime London thoroughfare.  

Our 1940s dance lessons will get you in the swing, as you learn the basics from 'Jive' to 'Lindy Hop'. You can also get up close to a range of military vehicles from the era. 

Wartime at home

Learn about life in Britain during the war with our Home Front display, featuring toys, newspapers and homemade items inspired by the 'Make Do and Mend' campaign.

Meet a member of the Women's Land Army - better known as the Land Girls - who made a huge contribution to wartime food production.

Soldier stories and hands-on history

Meet military veterans in our Human Library and discover more about the Second World War with our world-class handling collection. 

Hear about the ongoing fighting in the Far East, where the war continued until Japan's surrender in August 1945. 

Exhibition tours

Our new exhibition, Foe to Friend, opening on 8 May, charts the changing relationship between the British Army and Germany from the end of the Second World War to the present day. Join free guided tours and get an insight into the Army's ongoing role in Germany. 

Family fun

There will be plenty for the whole family to enjoy across the two days, including creative workshops, poster printing and finger knitting. 

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