MUSEUM

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.

Museum Opening Times
The museum is open Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) from 10am to 4pm.

Entry is free for groups under ten and is also included as part of the guided tour.

New Year Opening Times
The Museum will be closed from 21st December 2018 to 4th January 2019

Location

The closest entrance to the Museum is at the London Gate. You can locate this on our map by clicking here.

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News

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Chelsea Pensioner Celebrates his Centenary in Style

The Royal Hospital celebrated a rather special birthday today and welcomed the Revd Richard Coles to join in with the party atmosphere.  

Chelsea Pensioner Portrait - Mike Payne
Illustrator Mike Payne Presents Portrait to the Royal Hospital

Illustrator Mike Payne visited the Infirmary at the Royal Hospital Chelsea this morning to present his latest artwork, commissioned by the son of Chelsea Pensioner Terry Chaffer.

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