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The Armoury, Moscow

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A collection of crown jewels makes The Armoury one of Moscow's most popular tourist attractions. Part of the city's centrally located World Heritage Site, this museum houses 15,000 royal dresses, including those worn by the Empress Elizabeth during her coronation ceremonies. Other highlights include a pair of Peter the Great's boots, numerous royal carriages and sledges, and a lavish throne studded with over 800 diamonds. Be sure to visit the upstairs galleries, which contain a vast collection of silver artworks produced between the 12th and 17th centuries, as well as 10 world-famous Easter eggs made by celebrated jeweler Faberge. Ease your journey through Russian art history with an audio guide, available at the on-site ticket office. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Moscow holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Armoury and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The armoury is a slight misnomer as it suggests this place is full of weaponry - it isn't so much even though historically that was its purpose. Rather this place is a treasure trove of artefacta from...  more »
  • Visit overcrowded, below expectations the much vaunted Fabergés eggs are normal and in modest quantities Very fine carriages and the clothes of the time say they are strict about opening hours, but always come all
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  • There are very few weapons. There are many beautiful and interesting things: objects of gold and silver, porcelains, crystals all fine workmanship. Many objects of faberge jewelry A large number of special occasion dresses of Tsar of tsars, wonderful and the dress of Catherine the great fabric with silver wires. Too bad you can't take pictures.
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  • Beautiful if short exhibition, the Armoury was designed in mind to be completed in an hour. Display focuses on quality rather than quantity, with knight armors, royal carridges and royal dresses stealing the show.
  • The armory was filled with various precious gifts from other countries from the last 5-6 centuries, varies from stunning gold plated books to statues and most of it in gold. There where some stunning dresses for women but what impressed me the most was the room filled with stunning beautifully wagons like they come directly from the Disney carton of Cinderella. The vagons was worth the visit all by them self, and I was standing there speechless studying the construction and details. I would never believe these exist in real..
  • This was a very fascinating museum. I was personally most impressed with the various eras of carriages and sleighs in the farthest room and marveled at the various suspension technologies. The displays of crowns, staffs, and thrones were also fascinating. There is a diverse collection of weaponry, and glorious Fabergé eggs. I recommend arranging a human tour guide in your language. There are free digital audio guides (1,500 ruble deposit - DONT risk leaving your passport) do not give the most interesting details. I would love to post pictures and such, however, none of that is allowed in Kremlin Museums.
  • It is a fascinating museum with a varied and imposing collection of imperial clothing, armoury, tableware gifted from different countries to the tsars. Don't miss the impressive Easter eggs from Fabergé and the fascinating scriptures with their impressive covers! Oh, and the Olympic set of plates that depict Neptune greco scenes.
  • Went to Aurmory Chamber of Kremlin mainly because of Faberge Eggs, however, I did not like the form of exhibition.. All 10 of them in one show case, not properly illuminated.. If you are interested in the Eggs, visit Faberge Museum in St. Petersburg

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