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Director General Announces Museum Opening Date

Last updated: 27 January 2017

We are excited to announce the new National Army Museum will be opening its doors to the public on 30 March 2017. It will feature five new state-of-the-art galleries, a new early learning facility called Play Base, and much more. Here Director General Janice Murray gives an overview of what’s to come.

A visualisation of the Museum's atrium, looking out to the galleries

After almost three years, I’m excited to announce the new National Army Museum will open on 30 March 2017. We look forward to welcoming visitors to experience the extraordinary results of our £23.75 million re-development.

Our new museum will feature five new thematic galleries – Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight – telling the story of the British Army from the 17th century, up to the present day. They will showcase more than 2,500 objects, and are filled with fun interactives.

There are so many great new objects going into the new Museum. A few of my favourites include Lawrence of Arabia’s robes, and a child’s dressing gown with military badges sewn on.

Child's dressing gown with military badges, 1943

From toys to fashion, medicine to technology, the British Army connects with us in many different ways, and the galleries will provide visitors with a space to discuss the army and its relevance to society today. Find out more about each of the galleries here.

You’ll be able to experience more of the Museum’s collection through our 500 square metre temporary exhibition space, which will feature new, fresh and timely displays. We have also developed a new, state-of-the-art archive store, allowing easy access to materials for users of our new Templer Study Centre.

Another exciting area of the Museum is our new early years learning facility, Play Base. Children can check out games from the Quarter Masters Store, get hands-on with building blocks, or conquer the assault course!

The Museum will also boast a fresh new café, catered by Searcys, and a shop filled with gifts inspired by the galleries.

I’d like to take this time to say a special thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting the project with a £11.5m grant, the Ministry of Defence for continued support, and of course all of our donors. This project would not have been possible without their contributions.

Our museum will be a bright, contemporary space, where visitors of all ages can learn and talk about the British Army, and we cannot wait to welcome you from 30 March 2017.

In the coming weeks, we will be revealing the new National Army Museum logo, and our brand new website. Keep in touch by following us on Facebook, Twitter or sign up to our e-newsletter. #NewNAM

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23 January 2017, 12.35pm

congratulations on a fine

congratulations on a fine place

23 January 2017, 12.58pm

We look forward to visiting

We look forward to visiting the museum with our two year old grandson.

Philip Davies
23 January 2017, 1.16pm

Looks amazing! A great place

Looks amazing! A great place to meet friends and maybe have a coffee!
But I can see no Military Artefacts, Where are the Exhibits?

Galahad History
23 January 2017, 1.24pm

I have yet to come across a

I have yet to come across a newly reopened museum that I like or is significantly better than what it replaced. In most cases the designers have simply got carried away with acres of panel, spurious education, 'fun and interactivity', however, it seems that the NAM having 2,500 items on display is a good start - BUT taking only the 500 sq m of temporary display, that still only equates to 5 artefacts per sq m in that space alone - that is pretty thin bearing in mind that many will be quite small. Museums are as much for displaying their collection as interpreting it, so break open the store!

Mrs Jan Lancaster
23 January 2017, 4.37pm

This looks really exciting.

This looks really exciting.

David Smith
24 January 2017, 9.47am

Very excited to have the

Very excited to have the chance to look round the new museum, much, long awaited. Congratulations to the team who put it all together.

Gary Wright
25 January 2017, 10.38am

Really looking forward to

Really looking forward to visiting the best Museum in the country, I need my fix of gazing upon the Siborne diorama desperately.

Chris Ronteltap
25 January 2017, 11.51am

Great job! Congratulations.

Great job! Congratulations. I'm looking fowards to see the New exhibition.

Anthony Skelsey
25 January 2017, 5.42pm

Musée de L'Armée, Hôtel

Musée de L'Armée, Hôtel nationale des Invalides, Paris, is a model of what a military museum should be. I really doubt whether Britain's premier military museum will bear any resemblance. Mention of a new early years learning facility fills me with dread - will it be like all those ghastly kiddie-friendly, play-school, young mum's coffee morning, theme-park, creche and baby-changing, museum types found everywhere today? Wait and see - looking forward to apprehensions being proved wrong!

Les Waring
26 January 2017, 2.56pm

Great News that the NAM wil

Great News that the NAM wil be finally reopening. Will make a great effort to visit towards the end of my visit to UK in March-early April 2017. Not having read the full annoucement, will the' Reading Room', under whatever new name, be open immediately? are the old users' cards still valid?

Good luck for the reopening

Les W.

3 February 2017, 9.30pm

cant wait.....

cant wait.....

12 February 2017, 2.46am

Love to see musium on opening

Love to see musium on opening day

12 February 2017, 2.48am

Sound like a great place to

Sound like a great place to visit

13 February 2017, 10.09pm

Can I suggest to Anthony

Can I suggest to Anthony Skelsey that if museums don't try to appeal to those 'young mums' and 'kiddies' that there won't be any museums in 20 years time as people will have long since lost interest. Museums, like the entire arts sector need to move with the times and that means engaging a much wider audience than ever before. I hope you like the new NAM but you may want to avoid visiting at weekends and half terms!!

21 February 2017, 12.30pm

OMG I am so excited, I

OMG I am so excited, I booked a long weekend to London some years ago. And devoted two days specially to see, the Museum, unfortunately that was the weekend you had closed for refurbishment. At last I will be able to enjoy this fine updated building and additional exhibits.

John Rushton
22 February 2017, 9.57am

Excellent, and looking

Excellent, and looking forward to it !

22 February 2017, 1.44pm

Looking forward to the

Looking forward to the reopening. Been over twenty years since I last visited so it's time for another trip!

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