Armoury of the Moscow Kremlin – the world-famous museum, that’s became part of the State Museums of the Moscow Kremlin in 1960. The exhibition of the Armory presents the royal clothes and weapons, household items and state regalia of gold and silver, the product works by Russian, European and Eastern masters, gifts received by Russian tsars from foreign ambassadors.
The first Armoury was mentioned in the chronicles of the XVI century as result of a strong fire in 1547. During the reign of Ivan III, it was called the Great Treasury and located in a stone house of the breech – between Archangel and the Annunciation Cathedral. Peter I ordered at the Grand treasury to create a workshop, which was engaged in the collection and storage of values, being brought from all over Russia. Another fire (1737) destroyed part of the collection of the treasury. At the time of the War of 1812 values were taken to Nizhny Novgorod. The current museum building was built in 1851 by architect Konstantin Ton.
Throughout its history, the museum exhibits is replenished: the spoils of war, valuable religious objects, ceremonial clothing kings and patriarchs. One of the most valuable relics of the Armory – cap of Monomakh, which was crowned kings of the great Russian princes. No less valuable item – the throne, which were crowned royal brother Ivan V and Peter I. In total, the museum’s collection – about 4,000 unique exhibits of arts and crafts in Russia, Europe and the East. Their value is so high, that the Armory today “… – is more than a museum, it is materialized memory of our people, a treasure house of Russia” (Academician Likhachev).
Tickets are sold 45 minutes prior to the session start at the box office at Kutafia tower in Alexander Garden and at the box office of the Armory. Photos and video prohibited. Visitors are offered an audio guide. Also held 1.5 – hour guided tours in English, Russian, French, Spanish and Italian.
- Address Armouries: Manezhnaya str., 7.
- Telephone: Telephone tour desk: +7 (495) 697-03-49; non-stop information phone: +7 (495) 695-37-76
- Working hours: 10:00 12:00 14:30 and 16:30 daily, except Thursday
- Ticket price: 700 rubles (±10$) – adult, 200 rubles (±3$) – grace (pupils, students, pensioners). There is also a family ticket issued by the 2nd adults, with 2 children up to 16 years – 200 rubles (±3$) for each. Prices for June, 2016.
- Official site: http://www.kreml.ru
How to get to the Armory
- Metro Station: “Borovitskaya”, “Library Lenin”, “Alexandrovsky Garden”, “Arbat”, “Theatre”, “Revolution Square”, “Okhotny Ryad”