The Guards Museum

December 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Posted in General, London, museum, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | Leave a comment
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The Guards Museum offers a history and background to those units responsible for protecting the Queen and the royal palaces.

I have to admit I was not in the most positive mindset when I came to visit as I was a touch hungry and dehydrated but on the whole I found it lacking.

Once you enter you can watch an introductory movie and watch is the operative word as it wasn’t clearly audible. Subtitles would have been a boon.

The other element that annoyed me was there didn’t seem to be an overview of why the early divisions (if that’s the correct term) were established it just launched into some of their early missions etc. It could have been on the video and if I missed the relevant information board please tell me and I’ll retract.

Having said that some of the more modern additions to the guards did include an explanation.

There are numerous information panels and brief descriptions for the multitude of artefacts, which is all very useful except for when a there is a summary of a battle and the outcome is left incomplete or completed elsewhere in the museum and I was too dim-witted to find the next relevant panel.

There is indeed a lot for the military buff to look at in this museum so my complaints shouldn’t detract you too much from visiting. For everyone else, it is only £3 and so could be somewhat interesting.

The Guards museum on birdcage walk  is a short distance from Buckingham Palace or St James’s Park station. Depending on how interested you are in the exhibits it’ll take between 30-80 minutes.

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