The Fusilier Museum

The story of a British infantry regiment from its formation to the present day

The story of a British infantry regiment from its formation to the present day

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Open daily


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Explore the museum's significant collection including 12 Victoria Cross Medals won by the Regiment, the uniform and bearskin of King George V (a former Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment) and an Eagle Standard of the 82nd Regiment of the French Line captured by the Royal Fusiliers during the Napoleonic Wars.

Old Officer's quarters

The museum is housed in a building originally built as officers' quarters. The building still houses the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers' Regimental Headquarters and the Officers' Mess, which is used for formal dinners and ceremonial occasions.

Formation and combat

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was formed on 20th June 1685, when King James II issued a Royal Warrant to raise an infantry force from the existing Tower of London Garrison. The first Commanding Officer was the Constable of the Tower. The Fusiliers' intended role was to guard the guns at the Tower of London. The force later fought in Belgium and Spain, and in the American War of Independence.

Moving away

The majority of the Royal Fusiliers moved to Hounslow in 1881 after being based at the Tower for nearly 200 years. Only a small number stayed. The regiment returned in 1949 for 11 years. During this time, single soldiers were barracked in the Waterloo Block while married men and their families lived in houses within the Tower.

After this, the Tower became the home of a Royal Fusilier TA Regiment and continues to be the Regimental Headquarters.

Today, garrison duties are undertaken by the Yeoman Warders and a rota made of three London District regiments.

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SOLD OUT Regimental guards surround the Chief Yeoman Warder as they stand outside the Bloody Tower in the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
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Be part of this ancient tradition, which has taken place every night for at least 700 years in the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.

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A Yeoman Warder stands outside the White Tower during a Twilight Tour or the Tower.
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Dare you visit the Tower at night and take one of our Twilight Tours? Discover secrets of the Tower's history with after-hours access.

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Join Tracy Borman as she launches her new novel The Fallen Angel, at this special event at the Tower of London.

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