Following the announcement of a new national lockdown The Rifles Museum has now closed! Please follow us on social media for stories from the history of The Rifles and their antecedents, news and updates about the Museum and more…


Unseen Art – The Art of a Regiment

21 January 2020 to 9 May 2020 [Extended to Summer 2021]

As part of the museum’s changing exhibition series, this exhibition features a selection of artworks and silver owned by The Rifles Regiment. Including a mixture of portraits, freedom and friendship gifts and presentation pieces, this display will look at why military organisations commission and collect art, and how painting can be used during the recovery and rehabilitation of injured Riflemen.

Free Entry

The Rifles Museum

Close-up of the ‘Berkshire Oak’ Centrepiece

Sport in The Rifles  [Postponed until Summer 2021]

16 May 2020 to 6 September 2020

To link to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo during July and August, this exhibition will highlight the importance of sport to The Rifles. As a fitness tool, a source of competition and camaraderie and for social entertainment, sporting endeavours are a crucial part of life as a Rifleman, and form a central part of the Regiment’s calendar.

Free Entry

The Rifles Museum

Upper and Lower – The History of Peninsula Barracks  [CANCELLED]

12 September 2020 to 17 December 2020

To commemorate the 225th Anniversary (in 2021) of the opening of Peninsula Barracks as a military barracks, and the 35th Anniversary (December 2020) of its closure as an operational Garrison, this exhibition will offer a rounded history of the site. Covering its time as a Royal Palace, the architectural work of Sir Christopher Wren, and the period that the Light Division called it home, amongst other stories, this exhibition will help to bring the historic surroundings of Winchester’s Military Museums to life.

Free Entry

The Rifles Museum


Touring Exhibition

I am a Rifleman

Drawing on our unique collections and stories, we have created a touring exhibition, I am a Rifleman. We are always looking to develop new partnerships and hope to curate more touring exhibitions in the future!

For further information on our touring exhibition offer, please download the information pack below or contact us by email on

Download the I am a Rifleman information pack here

Read more about the exhibition here

Events and Workshops

While social distancing prevents us from hosting group activities in the Museum, please follow our social media channels for ideas you can try for crafts and family activities at home.

Make and Take: Wooden Peg Doll Riflemen

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Design and craft your own Rifleman from a wooden peg and a whole host of crafting materials at The Rifles Museum. Come in and enjoy a fun day of family activities.

10:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Make and Take: Egg-box Tanks  [CANCELLED]

Wednesday 8 April and Wednesday 15 April 2020

This Easter, celebrate by building an egg-box tank in The Rifles Museum. Base your design on a vehicle used by the British Army or make up your eggcellent tank!

10:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Make and Take: Medal Making  [CANCELLED]

Wednesday 27 May 2020

To tie in with our Sport in The Rifles exhibition and ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 come in to The Rifles Museum and make your own military and sporting medals to take away.

10:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Wonderful Wednesdays – Ghillie Suit making  [CANCELLED]

Wednesday 29 July 2020

To launch our Wonderful Wednesdays summer holiday activities, come into The Rifles Museum and make your own Ghillie Suit and ensure you’ve got your camouflage for the garden!

10:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Wonderful Wednesdays – Motorbikes and Quad Bikes  [CANCELLED]

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Build your own motorbike or quad bike in The Rifles Museum! Take inspiration from the examples in the Museum or make something outlandish from your imagination. Anything goes on two wheels or four!

10:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Wonderful Wednesdays – Camouflage Days  [CANCELLED]

Wednesday 12 and Wednesday 19 August 2020

Find out the story of camouflage in the British Army and The Rifles through these self-led activities. Design camouflage patterns, either based on real military or natural ones, or your own ideas. Play ‘Spot the Sniper’ – can you find the Army’s masters of camouflage?

All day, self-led activity

Wonderful Wednesday – Sword Making  [CANCELLED]

Wednesday 26 August 2020

Bayonets are called Swords in The Rifles, which provides us with a great opportunity for Sword Making. As if we need an excuse! Come in to The Rifles Museum and make your own Sword to take home.

10:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Peninsula Pumpkins [CANCELLED]

Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October 2020

Come along to The Rifles Museum for spooky Halloween fun. Design and carve a pumpkin jack-o’-lantern and take it home! Plus, discover mysterious military ghost stories and do some creepy colouring.

This event was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Lyburn Farm.

Suggested donation: £4 per child
Recommended age: 5-11
10:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Remembrance Poppies [CANCELLED]

Friday 6 November to Wednesday 11 November 2020

For Armistice Day, remember the fallen by creating a poppy in The Rifles Museum.

All day, self-led activity