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

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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.

The Fusilier Museum London
A Yeoman Warder stands outside the White Tower during a Twilight Tour or the Tower.
Tours and talks

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.

Selected Sundays in November 2019 to April 2020

Tower of London

19:00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

The Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a stream running through a woody green area under a blue sky
Events Families

Join us for a members-only guided tour through the Gardens at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

20 and 23 November 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Wednesday 20 November at 2.00pm and Saturday 23 November at 11.00am

Young boy looking towards the imperial state crown in the Crown Jewels exhibition
Events Member only

Experience a members-only viewing of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.

2 December 2019 and 27 January 2020

Tower of London

19:00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration features the iconic White Tower with a silhouetted Tower raven perching at the top of the Tower.

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration

This sparkling silver luxury White Tower hanging decoration is hand embroidered using the same metal thread work techniques used to sew royal dresses and finery in centuries past.

£10.99

Yeoman Warder Tree Decoration - Yeoman warder tree decoration beautifully handmade with metal and silk threads on satin.

Yeoman warder luxury embroidered tree decoration

Yeoman warder tree decoration beautifully handmade with metal and silk threads on satin.

£10.99

Beefeater teddy bear - teddy bear dressed in the red uniform of the Tower of London Yeoman.

Beefeater teddy bear

This 'Beefeater' bear is splendidly dressed in a Yeoman Warder uniform, standing ready to guard the Tower of London.

14.99