Aldershot Military Museum


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Queens Avenue
Aldershot
Hampshire
GU11 2LG
England

Housed in the only surviving brick-built barrack blocks left in Aldershot, the museum tells the story of daily life for both soldier and civilian since 1854. The story of Aldershot Military Town and the civil towns of Aldershot, Farnborough and Cove is told using our vibrant collections within the fascinating, original buildings. Explore the site, admire the tanks and join in with the hands-on activities. Throughout the year, we also run a programme of fun, family-friendly exhibitions and events. Things to do The museum is a great place for the whole family to enjoy. Here are just a few of the things you can do during your visit: - Try our remote control tank track - Learn the basics on our driver training unit - Take a turn in our replica scout vehicle - Spot the objects around the museum with our fun activity sheets - Visit our welcoming café and browse the museum shop The Local History Gallery The Local History Gallery tells the story of Aldershot and Farnborough, its people and businesses. See Potters drum makers and a Victorian shop and find out about the French Imperial Family, the construction of Farnborough Abbey and the pottery industry of Farnborough and Cove. Also situated in this building is the Cody Gallery. In 1908, Farnborough was the site of Britain’s first powered flight by the American, Samuel Franklin Cody. Cody was a flamboyant character, frequently seen wearing a Stetson and riding a white horse. When flying, he never strapped himself into his aircraft or wore a parachute, but a helmet did provide some measure of head protection. This helmet was purchased in 1996 and can be seen in the gallery, along with a reconstruction of part of his workshop. The Boyce Building This 1930s wooden barrack block came from Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Church Crookham, and was once the home of the Regimental Administration Offices for the camp. Carefully reconstructed at the museum thanks to a £50,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the Boyce Gallery explores the users of the barracks which were once home to the Royal Army Service Corps, Royal Army Medical Corps, Royal Corps of Transport and many battalions from the Brigade of Gurkhas before closing in 2000. The Military History Gallery The Military History Gallery is in one of the two surviving barrack bungalows built in North Camp in the 1890s. It contains the John Reed Gallery, named after Brigadier John Reed who established the museum in 1984. Here you can see recreated barrack displays of the 1890s and 1950s and even a married quarters living room from the 1960s. Montgomery's Barn This building once stood in the grounds of Field Marshal Montgomery’s home at Isington near Alton. It was built for him in 1947 to house his wartime caravans and was moved to the museum in 1996. It houses some of the museum’s collection of larger exhibits including field guns and other vehicles.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday: Closed Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm Thursday: 10:00am - 5:00pm Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Last entry 1/2 hour before closing. Please call to check opening times before travelling long distances or making a special journey. Due to our position within an active military base there are some restrictions regarding photography. Please ask at reception for more details.

Charges:

Adult - £4.50 Child (5-15 years) - £3.00 Concession - £4.00 Under 5s - Free Family Ticket (up to 5 people, max. 2 adults) - £12.00 Pay once, visit all year! With your ticket, you can enjoy unlimited visits to Aldershot Military Museum and return as many times as you like for a whole year! Prices exclude some special events and activities which may be charged separately.

Discounts:

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for coaches
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas

Facilities information:

Researchers welcome - please make an appointment.

Services:

  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available

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