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The Royal Armoury museum in the Old Town of Stockholm

The Royal Armoury is the oldest museum in Sweden and dates back to 1628 when it was founded in the old Royal Castle Tre Kronor by King Gustav II Adolf. It was founded to preserve arms, armoury, cloths etc. from the Polish campaign in 1617-1629. During the first period the Royal Armoury also functioned as a military depot.

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A Royal Armoury museum exhibition about the Queen Kristina. Photo by Erik Lernestål (the image is cropped).
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Info about the Royal Armoury museum in the Old Town

The Royal Armoury is located in the basement of the Royal Castle with the entrance from Slottsbacken (see the map below). We recommend that you visit the Royal Armoury Web Site for up-to-date information about open hours etc. by the Home Page button above.

Gustav III anikmuseum

The cutaway drawing above shows the Royal Armoury at the Royal Castle (purple colour) marked by the red dot.

The Royal Armoury has a number of exhibitions, some permanent while others are for a limited period of time. In the exhibitions chambers you will see weapons, armoury, cloths, maps, horses, carriages and a lot of other items that has to do with war.

A YouTube video about the Royal Armoury. © The Royal Armory.

In 1628 the museum was founded and the first facilities were in the old Royal Castle Tre Kronor. In 1660 it moved and in 1691 it was located to the palace Makalös and that was the reason the museum and all the items was not destroyed in the great fire in 1697 when the old Royal Castle as burnt down.

In 1977 the Royal Armoury came back to the Royal Castle and today it has one of the finest collections of weapons and armoury in the world. This is a museum not to miss for anyone interested in military history.