You can find Armory museums almost in every country all over the world, and all of them are very special and unusual in their way. Sweden is not an exception. The Royal Armory Museum is one of my favourite museums in Stockholm along with the Vasa Museum and History Museum which I will write about later. Visiting it is like going back to mid-century, where you can see, touch and breath the history.
The Royal Armory or Livrustkammaren as it is called in Swedish is placed in the centre of the city – at the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan (see the map here). Since the beginning of the year 2016, most of the museums in Stockholm including Armory Museum have free entrance, which makes it very easy to explore the history and culture of the great nation.
Armoury Museum is the oldest museum in Sweden – it was established by King Gustav II Adolph in 1628 after his decision to preserve clothes that he wore during his campaign in Poland. This excellent museum illustrates the history of monarchs from famous Gustav Vasa (1496-1560) until present days; multiple collections include clothes, armour, weapons, jewellery, carriages and many other historical items (for example blood-stained shirts, etc. ).
In the 1850s the ceremonial costumes of representatives of Swedish royal family were taken from the Royal Wardrobe and incorporated into the Royal Armory, which you can still see perfectly saved behind the glass. Other valuable ceremonial props for parades (such as saddles) had been brought to the Royal Armory at the beginning of 17th century; at the end of 19th century, the most beautiful royal carriages joined the collection from the Royal Stables.
♣ ENTRANCE FEE
♣ OPENING HOURS
Monday – closed (!)
Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 –17:00
Thursday 11:00 – 20:00
♣ How to get there:
→ By subway
Red or green subway-line to station “Gamla stan”.
→ By bus
Bus number 2, 53, 55, 57, 76 to busstop “Slottsbacken”
Bus number: 3, 59 to busstop “Riddarhustorget”