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Opening Times

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. (Photo ID required for entrance.



About the museum

Discover how the Royal Army Physical Training Corps has kept the British Army Fighting Fit & Fit to Fight for over 150 years. Formed in 1860 as the Army Gymnastic Staff, the Royal Army Physical Training Corps is responsible for the physical development of the British Army. Its members are all Physical Training Instructors and are attached to every major unit in the British Army. Situated in the grounds of the original Army School of Physical Training, the museum tells the story of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps from its inception to present day.

Discover how physical training in the British Army has advanced from the first organised lesson to modern concepts of physical training. The museum has a substantial collection of objects such as medals and trophies, uniforms, weapons, paintings, sports and training equipment. Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructors have represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games since 1908 and played sports at a professional and international standard, including Olympic sprinter Kris Akabusi, Olympic gymnast Nik Stuart and professional football player & manager Matt Busby. Discover their stories and many others in our unique and interactive displays.

The museum maintains a large archive and photographic collection, including personal documents and historical papers relating to physical training in the army. The reference library holds material relating to sporting history and development and physical training. If you are researching any aspect of physical training and sport in the army then contact the museum.  Personal visits to use the library and archive are welcome but an appointment is necessary.


Royal Army Physical Training Corps, Army Physical Training Corps, Army Physical Training Staff, Army Gymnastics Staff.


Army School of PT, Fox Lines, Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, GU11 2LB

Tel 01252 787852


Visiting Advice

By regular bus service from Aldershot, Farnborough and North Camp station; or via MS using exits 4 and 4a and then A331.

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