Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum

Young boy at Royal Artillery Museum
Royal Arsenal
SE18 6ST

Opening Times:
Tue to Sat: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Sun and Mon: Closed
Last Admission: 4.00pm

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The Royal Artillery Museum has been open to the public in Woolwich since 4 May 1820, a record we believe to be unrivalled by any other military museum.

In May 2001 the collection of artillery was moved to new premises within the gates of the Royal Arsenal and opened under the new name of Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum. 

Firepower, the Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich tells the powerful and dramatic story of artillery, scientific discoveries made through warfare and human stories of courage and endeavour. The ‘ground shaking’ Field of Fire audio-visual show puts you in the midst of battle as shells whiz overhead and guns roar.

The Royal Arsenal was one of the most important centres in the world for munitions manufacture and until recently was a well kept secret from the public. Many of the guns and carriages on display were made in the Arsenal, making it a significant part of the local heritage. 

Contact Details:
Tel: 020 8312 7113 020 8312 7113

Learning Programmes:
Firepower’s unique programme uses history to demonstrate the qualities needed to create and nurture a healthy life and community. We believe that the experiences and actions of ordinary servicemen and women or civilians living in a time of conflict in the past or present can challenge, inspire and educate people of all ages. Our School Programme is developed to support the National Curriculums for Primary and Secondary.

Our Enrichment Day programme for KS2-4 is the first of its kind offered by a UK museum – a structured combination of high-energy team-building challenges and history – provided in partnership with Challenger Troop, a youth engagement organisation recognised for its outstanding work by the Department for Education.

A world class collection of artillery and associated weapons, uniforms, drawings, displays of diaries and medals bring together some 700 years of world artillery history.

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