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The Royal Hospital Chelsea is a retirement and nursing home for veterans of the British Army run by an independent charity. It dates back to 1682 when it was founded by King Charles II, who was inspired by Les Invalides in Paris. The site includes a chapel built by Sir Christopher Wren who also designed the Great Hall. The chapel is an example of Wren's architecture and it features a silver-gilt altar plate. The Royal Hospital's museum displays paintings, dioramas, uniforms and many other artifacts.

Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road
SW3 4SR London

Museum type(s)

Specialized & Alternative History & Anthropology



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Opening hours

Monday 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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This museum has no entrance fee!

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  • Museum shop

  • Wheelchair accessible


Royal Hospital Road, London, England


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