About the National Army Museum
The National Army Museum is a leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present. The Museum examines the Army’s role as protector, aggressor and peacekeeper from the British Civil Wars to the modern day.
The Museum, first housed at the military academy at Sandhurst, opened in 1971 next door to the Chelsea pensioners in London. Despite repeated efforts to extend and improve it, the building had dark confusing interiors and didn’t allow for a dynamic and engaging museum. The 2017 redevelopment, which was partly paid for by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £11.5m, has transformed the Museum, giving it a front door directly on to the road and new galleries around an airy atrium. Formally opened by Her Majesty The Queen in March 2017, the reinvention of the Museum was described by the Telegraph as a ‘thought-provoking triumph’.