Armory Chamber (Museum)
Armory Chamber is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established at the beginning of 19th century and located in the Moscow Kremlin. Treasures of the Armory currently features some four thousand exhibits, spanning the 12ht through early 20th centuries. The museum collection is made up of unique items, which were preserved for centuries in the royal treasury and in the Patriarch’s sacristy. The private tour can be arranged at the time that best suits to your sightseeing itinerary.
- Duration: 1,5-2 hours
- Admission fee: 1000 rub, tickets for visitors under 16 are free of charge.
- Photo/Video: Amateur photography and video recording at the Armoury Chamber are prohibited.
Founded by Great Prince Vasily III in the early 16th century, the Armory was originally a workshop manufacturing military equipment for com bat and parades.
In the 17th century, the first Romanov rulers had the Armory' expanded, making it the largest artisan’s shop in the Kremlin. The best Russian gunsmiths, jewelers and icon painters worke d here side by side with their international counterparts from Germany, Poland and elsewhere in Eastern Europe.
Peter I ordered active manufacturing operations moved to the new capital — St. Petersburg, while the Kremlin Armory remained a depository' of old military and church artifacts.
The Armory had no building of its own, so the exhibits were constantly moved around until Alexander I upgraded the Armory's status to an Imperial Museum, and ordered a building erected for it by the Troitskie (Trinity) Gate, where the State Kremlin Palace now stands.
Emperor Nicholas I personally contributed to the design oi l lie existing Armory, which was at that point viewed as the Romanov family museum since many' of its original exhibits had been stolen or looted during the “Time of Troubles" in 1605-1612. Opened in 1851, the Armory became Moscow’s first public museum of history.
Treasures of the Armory currently features some four thousand exhibits, spanning the 12ht through early 20th centuries.
The exhibits include:
- Russian and foreign military equipment and trophies;
- church relics from Kremlin churches and the Patriarch’s Sacristy;
- ambassadorial and other gifts to Moscow Tsars, Tsarinas, and Emperor Alexander I
- Russian Imperial regalia, royal crowns and garments;
- 17th-19th century coronation attire, coronation and wedding dresses of the Empresses, traditional Russian clothing;
- silver goblets and o the r royal tableware; everyday items with the images of Peter I and Russian Empresses;
- items from the Stables Office; parade outfits for horses, created by Russian and foreign tailors, historical carriages, tapestries and trellises;
- other unique artifacts.
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