The Guards Museum
The Guards Museum tells the story of the five regiments of Foot Guards who have the honour and duty of protecting the Sovereign and the Royal Palaces from 1660 to the present day.
We follow the proud history of these world-class fighting soldiers from the English Civil War to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with displays of artefacts from our unique collection, which stretches back some 380 years.
We are currently closed in line with latest government guidance in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
We’re posting new content here and on the following platforms:
A new series of Podcasts Bearskins, Bayonets and Bravery – Notes from The Guards Museum featuring inspiring and amusing stories that will inspire, astound and amuse.. Listen here
A new series of videos exploring our rich collection and looking at the fascinating history of our five regiments. Watch here.
10:00 – 16:00
Seven days a week
(Last admission at 15:30)
The Guards Museum
London SW1E 6HQ
In line with current government advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) the museum is closed until further notice. We will do our best to answer your enquiries but please allow for some delay.
You can support our eventual reopening by helping to fund the new measures we will introduce to safeguard our visitors and staff. Please donate here.
The Museum is already scheduled to be closed on the following days during 2020:
Sunday 8th November
Enjoy access to The Guards Museum with The London Pass®Find out more
Senior Citizens (65 and over): £5.00
Students (with student card): £5.00
Serving Military Personnel: £2.00
Serving Guardsmen: Free
Children (0-16 – must be accompanied by an adult): Free
Disabled (one disabled person and one carer): 2 for 1
The museum was originally founded as a teaching aid for new recruits to learn their Regimental heritage.
Today we enable a diverse public audience to discover the multi-faceted nature of the soldiers’ operational lives, both in combat and on ceremonial duties.
News, Events and Interesting Stories
May 18, 2020
Exploring our collection
Corporal Cartouch teaching Miss Camp-Love her Manual Exercise by John Collett :The themes of an 18th Century artwork.
The Guards Museum makes a different and special venue for a variety of social occasions.
The museum has its own highly professional corporate entertaining service which caters for both corporate and private events.Find out more
Did you know you can go backstage to get a very personal and immersive visit which includes meeting some of the key individuals who take part in the iconic ceremony of Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace as well as photo opportunities and a guided tour of the collection.
Welcome to The Guards Experience.
Archives and Family Research
Unfortunately the Museum does not hold any archives or soldiers records, so we are unable to help with family research. However, you can find details of where to go…Find out more
Support The Guards Museum
Contrary to popular opinion, the museum receives no external funding at all. We stand and fall by the money we can make through our commercial activities or through the generosity of our visitors. Your contribution, however small, can make a huge difference to our existence and our ability to keep our doors open to the public allowing us to tell the incredible story of these great regiments.Donate now