In many ways the Royal Hospital Chelsea itself is a living museum, but we also have a dedicated museum with some of our more unusual items on display. The entrance hall is dedicated to the Duke of Wellington and features items such as George Jones' panorama of the Battle of Waterloo (1820). It also features a contemporary painting of Queen Elizabeth II by Andrew Festing (1998). The large diorama in the centre of the entrance hall depicts the Royal Hospital as it looked in 1742. The museum itself includes a reconstruction of a typical berth, the uniform of a veteran soldier, and many other artefacts.
Image: the last remaining Chelsea Pensioners who fought at the Battle of Waterloo. Find out more.
Entry is free for groups under ten and is also included as part of the guided tour.
The museum is open Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) from 10am to 4pm.
The Museum will be closed from 23rd December 2016 to 6th January 2017
The closest entrance to the Museum is at the London Gate. You can locate this on our map by clicking here.
The Chelsea Pensioners have paraded at the Royal Hospital Chelsea's Founder's Day on 8 June, reviewed by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex.
Every year the Chelsea Pensioners are welcome guests on the Channel Islands, for a celebration of history, Liberation and reconciliation.