Explore the museum's fascinating collection which includes 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 army 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 Tower of London's guns. They later fought in Belgium and Spain, and then in the American War of Independence.
The Royal Fusiliers moved to Hounslow in 1881 after being based at the Tower for nearly 200 years. They left only part of their number behind. The regiment returned in 1949 for an 11 year stay. Single soldiers were barracked in the Waterloo Block. 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 by three London District regiments at a time on a rota.
In partnership with the Royal Armouries
Marvel at the imposing White Tower, a magnificent example of Norman architecture situated right at the heart of the Tower.
Join an expert warden on one of our White Tower tours. Explore the beautiful Chapel of St John the Evangelist and hear tales of famous old residents at the Tower.
from 10.45, 12.45 and 14.15
Winston is the oldest and wisest of the Raven family. A slightly pompous professor, he takes his work very seriously, educating children about the Tower of London and trying to keep the rest of the ravens in line! Dressed in his Yeoman Warder costume, this cuddly Winston the Raven can leave the Tower of London!