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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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  • I only wish I would have planned a few more hours to really get a good look at this place. Fascinating. Some unbelievable historical items here. The audio tour gives you an hour or so... really takes 2-3 hours at least.
  • Incredible! I've been to many, many museums in my lifetime and this is one of the best. Why? The fact that it is comprised of treasures from the royal family means the items have a connection to real people. So the Armour you see, or the dresses, or the carriages actually belonged to a member of the royal family, not an anonymous person who happened to live in a particular era. If you're in Moscow, and you can go, don't miss this place!
  • This is one of the most impressive collections of armoury in the world. On display include Christian bibles, tabanacacles and challis. Armour and swords and our favourite room with royal thrones and carriages. It was hard to believe such collections exist. The detail in their construction is not found today and they genuinely look like they were taken directly from a Cinderella movie. Truly impressive. All collections on display include an English translation. This is a must see for anyone visiting Moscow- even with kids!
  • Well worth a visit however be prepared to buy your ticket online a number of days before your visit or face waiting around at Alexander Gardens until your desired time slot is freed up.
  • They did not allow photos inside here. But I would estimate if the sold half the jewels, and amazing artifacts here, they could eliminate world hunger. Russia and the Vatican could easily change the world.

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