Wednesday 2 December 2020

National Army Museum - We're reopening: what's on this December


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We're reopening (again!) 

From Wednesday 2 December we will open our doors once more, with Covid-secure measures still in place so you can enjoy your experience here as safely as possible. We look forward to welcoming you back: don't forget to book your place in advance.

For now, the Museum will be open from Wednesdays to Sundays, 10.30am-3.30pm. We regret that the Cookhouse Café and Play Base will remain temporarily closed. We hope to resume these services in January.

In a change to our usual festive opening hours, the Museum will be closed from 21 December to 1 January inclusive. 


What's on this December

Photograph of armoured vehicles and rubble in postwar Germany

Reconstruction, Renewal and Reconciliation in Occupied Germany

4 December 2020, 12.00pm


Dr Christopher Knowles looks at four individuals shaping the British occupation in Germany after the Second World War in this online talk.

Book cover for British Army Music in the Interwar Years

British Army Music in the Interwar Years

11 December 2020, 12.00pm


David Hammond explores the role and influence, both cultural and military, of British Army music between the two world wars in this online talk.

Photograph of men on National Service

National Service: A Generation in Uniform

3 December 2020, 6.30pm


The last National Servicemen were called up 60 years ago. Discover the reality of peacetime conscription and its impact on Britain with Professor Richard Vinen in this free online talk.


Wartime Christmas

First World War Christmas Card

Sending Christmas greetings

Christmas is a time when separation from loved ones is most keenly felt. This was as true 100 years ago as it is today. Take a look at some of the Christmas cards sent by soldiers during the First World War and how they helped ease the pressures of life on the front line.

Photo of a soldier opening his Princess Mary's Gift tin in 1914

A First World War Christmas

Gifts from the Royal Family, Christmas dinners and the famous truce of 1914: discover how First World War soldiers managed to maintain morale while separated from their loved ones during the festive season.


Family fun

Princess Mary Gift Tin Activity graphic

Make your own Princess Mary Gift Tin

During the First World War, Princess Mary wanted to do something special for all serving in the Armed Forces at Christmas time. More than 355,000 tins of treats were sent to soldiers, including tobacco, chocolate, sweets, spices and a message from the King himself! Make your own gift box in this downloadable festive craft activity.


Our exhibitions

Photo of the inside of our Foe To Friend exhibition

Foe to Friend

Until 1 July 2021

FREE (incl. in Museum ticket)

Exploring the changing relationship between Britain and Germany over 75 years, this exhibition features everyday tales of beer, bratwurst and family life set against intriguing accounts of espionage and military training on a massive scale.


Buried Among Kings

Until 14 February 2021

FREE (incl. in Museum ticket)

For the first time in one hundred years, this exhibition brings together objects, paintings, photography and personal testimony to tell the story of the Unknown Warrior, the symbolic memorial dedicated to the British service personnel who died during the First World War.


Christmas shopping

Toys and games from our shop

Tanks, toys & more

From modelling kits to mini helicopters, our Shop offers fun and games to keep kids of all ages entertained this festive season.

The Army Slang range including apron, cushion and more

Army Slang range

Exclusively designed for the Museum, these homewear gifts are perfect for those who like 'thingumajigs', enjoy a 'brew' or want to 'crash out' in comfort.


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Painting from the Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace exhibition

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