RAPTC Museum

Royal Army Physical Training Corps Museum

The Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC) Museum tells the story of the birth and development of Army physical training from 1860 to the present day. The collection is packed with RAPTC uniforms, medals and training and sports equipment which show how Army training has progressed from the early days of basic exercise to modern ideas of fitness.

Static and digital displays explain how the Corps uses physical and Adventurous Training to prepare the Army to meet any challenge whilst Exercise Rehabilitation Instructors use exercise therapy to help injured soldiers recover their fitness. You can discover the stories of the soldier sportsmen who have combined their Army duties with competing at the highest international levels and see a selection of the kit and trophies from their greatest triumphs. Pride of place in the Museum is the Olympic torch used for the pre-Games relay at London 2012.

There are also a range of activities for children including quizzes, trails and dressing-up activities. The Museum stands within the inspiring environment of the modern-day Army School of Physical Training, where during your visit you might be lucky enough to see soldiers crossing the assault course as they learn to become Physical Training Instructors.

Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm. Closed Christmas, Easter and bank holidays.  Please bring photo ID for entrance due to the location.

Why should I visit?

    • The RAPTC Museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated to Army physical training
    • Learn how Army PT has developed over 160 years
    • See the historic and current day uniforms, medals and training equipment used by the RAPTC
    • Discover the stories of the sporting and Olympic superstars who have served in the RAPTC
    • See a glimpse of modern-day Army training on your visit to Army School of Physical Training

Facilities

Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Free parking on site
Suitable for ages 5 and above
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Where to find us

Address

Fox Lines, Queen’s Avenue, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2LB

 

Tel:

01252 787852

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

www.RAPTCMuseum.co.uk

Find us online

The Museum is situated between North Camp and Aldershot. It is easily reached by road and free parking is available outside. Use Sat Nav code GU11 2LB. This brings you to the Museum car park which is opposite the entrance to the Army School of Physical Training. Sign in at the gate to gain entrance to the Museum.

The nearest train stations to the Museum are North Camp and Aldershot. Both are approximately 2 miles from the Museum.

The Number One route Stagecoach Goldline bus can be caught outside Aldershot station and stops in Queen’s Avenue, close to the Museum entrance.

Kids activities

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  • Enjoy the objects and films of Army physical training across the ages.
  • Have a go at dressing up as a WW1 soldier
  • Solve the clues to find your way along the museum trail
  • Beat the record time to put together the RAPTC jigsaw puzzle
  • Can you complete the RAPTC quiz challenge?