The Royal Armoury is a museum in Stockholm that displays the royal costumes, weapons, carriages and other historical items from the Swedish monarchy. It is located in the cellar of the Royal Palace and is open to the public free of charge. The museum is open every day from 10:00 to 17:00, except on Mondays and some holidays. To get to the museum, you can take the subway to Gamla Stan station or the bus to Slottsbacken. You can also walk from the city center or take a ferry from Djurgården.
The Royal Armoury Stockholm offers guided tours in English and Swedish on weekends and holidays, as well as audio guides in several languages. You can also book a private tour for groups of up to 20 people. The tours last about an hour and cover the highlights of the museum’s collections. You can also explore the museum on your own and discover the stories behind the objects on display.
Some tips for visiting the museum are:
- Plan your visit ahead and check the website for any temporary exhibitions or events that might interest you.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, as the museum is quite large and has stairs and uneven floors.
- Respect the prohibitions on photography, flash, food, drinks and large bags in the museum. You can leave your belongings in the lockers at the entrance.
- Enjoy the museum at your own pace and ask the staff if you have any questions or need any assistance.
Some of the most popular attractions in the museum are:
- The coronation carriage of King Karl XI from 1675, which is one of the oldest preserved carriages in Europe.
- The silver throne of Queen Kristina from 1650, which was used by several Swedish monarchs until 1975.
- The blood-stained clothes of King Gustav III, who was assassinated at a masked ball in 1792.
- The wedding dress of Queen Silvia from 1976, which was designed by Dior and made of silk and lace.
- The armor of King Gustav II Adolf from 1632, which he wore at the Battle of Lützen where he died.