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Royal Armory

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Gamla Stan & Riddarholmen
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Address: Slottsbacken 3 | Kungliga Slottet, Stockholm 111 30, Sweden
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+46 8 402 30 30
11:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

The Royal Armoury (Livrustkammaren) is a popular family museum located in...

The Royal Armoury (Livrustkammaren) is a popular family museum located in the cellars of the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The Royal Armoury shows the history of Sweden’s kings and queens from the 15th century until to day.For almost five hundred years items once in the possession of Swedish monarchs and their families have been kept in the Royal Armoury. From generation to generation, they have built up an ever-expanding collection of memories from the country's different dynasties, evoking well-known events in Swedish history.See, for example, the costume worn by Gustav III at that fateful masked ball in 1792, Charles XII's muddy uniform from Fredriksten in 1718, and the blood-stained shirts and elk-hide buff coat worn by Gustav II Adolf at the Battle of Lützen in 1632.

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Excellent collection of costumes, armor and royal carriages

Founded in 1628 by King Gustavus Adolphus, the Royal Armory is our favorite museum to visit within the Royal Palace complex and, bonus, it is free. It contains a wealth of Swedish... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2017
Denver, Colorado
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Cusano Milanino, Italy
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Nice museum collocated under the royal family's castle in the old town. You can reach it by subway or just walking from the city center

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Ossett, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

An okay place to visit for half an hour and it is free to visit (a rare bonus in Stockholm). Most things of note in Sweden's history are in the first room, which are the best items. Less interesting after that.....

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Founded in 1628 by King Gustavus Adolphus, the Royal Armory is our favorite museum to visit within the Royal Palace complex and, bonus, it is free. It contains a wealth of Swedish artifacts pertaining to the military history of Sweden, items of interest (including costumes) from Sweden's royalty and magnificent, elaborate carriages and sleighs from the royal stables.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

If you are visiting the Royal Palace make sure you drop into the armory which is relatively small but interesting. Not enough there, in my view to warrant a trip on its own, but while at the Palace its great

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Tallinn, Estonia
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Visited with family, for children it was boring. If you are interested in royal clothing history, then its for you. But I do not recommend. Only good thing about that museum is free and location is good (next to royal palace).

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Reviewed 5 March 2017

Definitely worth a visit while you are at the palace or gamla stan. They have an exhibit with a few old carriages and sleighs which are beautiful. The upstairs has armour and weapins as well as clothing from the different time periods. Free to visit.

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

How interesting can it be to look at old carriages? I can understand some interest due to free admission, but I would rather spend some money for a ticket to other museums at the castle.

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Caythorpe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

This is the free museum part of the royal palace. It has superb displays, including the clothing worn by Gustav III, who was assassinated, that includes dried blood. It is quite a compact museum, but well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Go there, I do not think you will be disappointed. You find weapons, medals, uniforms, some even with the kings blood, queens dresses and so much more.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

The exhibitions did not have enough lighting and some were a bit crowded. There was plenty of history and it was in Swedish and some in English

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Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s historic old town and home to the Swedish Royal Palace. It’s the most central island of Stockholm and accompanied by the small island of Riddarholmen, mainly known for its famous Riddarholm Church. Gamla Stan tends to be a bit touristy at times but is definitely worth visiting: take a stroll past the well-preserved buildings and through the small (and also Sweden’s narrowest) alleys, which will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. This neighborhood offers a great combination of historical buildings and traditional Swedish restaurants.
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