Armoury Chamber
Armoury Chamber
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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A dazzling array of treasures from the 4th to the 20th century are housed in this Kremlin museum, including thrones and carriages of the tsars, the works of Moscow silver and goldsmiths, arms, jewels, precious Russian Easter eggs and other Russian and foreign decorative arts.
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Neighborhood: Tverskoy
How to get there
  • Borovitskaya • 4 min walk
  • Biblioteka Imeni Lenina • 5 min walk
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Marsha E
Oviedo, FL121 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
If you visit Moscow, YOU MUST TOUR THE ARMOURY!
Our guide met us in our hotel lobby. We walked to the Kremlin and over to the Armoury building. We had toured the Kremlin on the previous day so we bypassed any overview our guide may have wanted to offer. One thing I have learned with touring in Russia is that the large tour groups get out early, and if you can get ahead of them, you have a much greater chance of missing long lines or seeing sights without crowds of people in your way. The treasures in this museum were beautiful - from coronation gowns to carriages, clergy sacrament clothing, gifts to the church, gifts from worldwide ambassadors and the infamous Faberge Eggs. Our guide offered historical backdrop to the items, further rounding out our newfound knowledge of Imperial Russia history. We also toured the Diamond Fund in the same trip, which houses a wealth of the jewels and jewelry worn by royalty. This tour was my favorite of all Moscow tours.
Written September 25, 2022
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CAPerth
Perth227 contributions
Jun 2019
You should book tickets on line for peak time visits as numbers are limited, but beware that you still have to exchange the on-line voucher for a ticket and that still means queuing up with everyone else. Tickets are cheap though. The Armoury is basically the Treasury including carriages, Faberge eggs, jewellery, armour and ceremonial clothing). the Diamond Fund is basically a collection of individual stones and some set pieces, and tickets are purchased from inside the Armoury. Could give the Diamond Fund a miss if you are short of time.
Unfortunately, no photos are allowed.
Written May 9, 2020
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BasicsTouring
Jerusalem, Israel1,005 contributions
Feb 2020
The Armory chamber on the Kremlin grounds has all the richess that was collected and given as gifts to the Czars of Russia, with their original clothing, thrones, carriages and gifts from ambassadors from all over the world. The bible of Charles the XII of Sweden is in the collection and elaborate gold and silver gifts from all over the world. The Faberge eggs made the biggest impression on me, but photography was not allowed.
Written February 29, 2020
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Elena N
Moscow, Russia2 contributions
Jun 2021
The Armory has obviously too small space for the exibition. Even a moderate number of visitors create a croud around each item. The halls are so small that at each time there are two or three groups with guides, who are trying to outshout each other. I've been there with my family, and two times guides pushed us away from the items with their huge hips. They seem to be exhausted at 11 am already, and they're rude too if you are not in their group. The collection: combination of Bern and Turin museums covers everything except some special tsar Alexei items. Armors, goblets and so forth are mainly from Western Europe, except for several armors from Turkey. Genuine Russian items are scarce.
Written June 4, 2021
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Henry Lee
Kuching, Malaysia22 contributions
Dec 2019
Interesting and beautiful displays of Tsars' and Tsarinas' clothings, crowns and impressive carriages. Should visit with a good local tour guide if not familiar with Russian history. This will make the visit more meaningful and interesting.
Written February 1, 2020
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Aleksandar
Belgrade, Serbia8,213 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
One of the best displays of Russian might and wealth during history. Simply amazing museum.

Free audioguide included with the ticket, but I additionaly recommend to buy a guidebook which is rather cheap but has great pictures of displayed stuff so you can use it as an reminder of what you saw, since taking photos is prohibited.
You can buy this guide at the ticket sales building in Alexander Garden (Aleksandrovsky sad).

Buying the tickets is the worst part of the whole thing since there is only one or two ticket boths and the line can get rather long and the selling of the tickets starts only 45 minutes before specific entry time (they have 4 entry times per day: 10, 12, 14:30, 16, if I recall right).
Be advised that number of tickets per entry is limited.

Once you acquire your ticker you don't need to go to the main tourist entrance to the Kremlin since it's rather crowded. Instead, go to the smaller entry on the edge of the Alexander garden which is primarily for The Armoury and Diamond Fund.

Highly recommended, mustn't miss.
Written May 24, 2016
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David T
Christchurch, New Zealand2,268 contributions
Sep 2017 • Business
So many amazing things to see that you can't do it justice. We bought the 700p Armoury ticket, then the 500p Diamond Fund ticket but were too tired to make it worth buying the additional Kremlin ticket. I would recommend all three if possible but would start with the Armoury and do the short Diamond Fund afterwards. If you still have energy, carry on to the Kremlin tour.

The Diamond Fund has amazing jewels old and new and huge gold nuggets including the world's largest at 37 kg!

The Armoury is filled with staggering treasures. I especially loved the royal carriages. You need a good hour or 90 minutes for this alone.

The audio guide is free and excellent. Don't push any buttons on it until it tells you to. You can't fast forward or rewind and it's hard to get back to the right position easily.

Definitely the number one attraction in Moscow.

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Written September 10, 2017
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ToonTowner
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia2,733 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
My family and I visited the Amoury in December of 2014. Would we go again? No. Would we recommend them to friends? Probably. I would tell them though that over all I was disappointed with Armoury tour. It just didn’t have the “wow” factor that I was expecting.

You have to buy your tickets to the Amoury in advanced and for a specific time. There is a mandatory coat check that is included with the price of your ticket. With the tour, you are given an audio guide which you hold up to your ear. The problem with the audio guide is that, unlike other museums, you have to go in sequential order to follow the guide. You can’t simply walk up to display and type in a number to listen to information about it.

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Written January 14, 2015
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Julia K
Santa Clara, CA104 contributions
Jul 2020
I'm not a big fan of history and weapons, but this museum just has stolen my heart. This is the oldest one in Moscow, and I was surprised to see the royal arsenal dating back to the 16th century. It will be interesting for kids and adults for sure!
Written June 10, 2021
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Rachael C
United States80 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
As of November 2018, the price is 700 RUB (~$10 USD) for the Armoury Chamber only ticket. There was not a long line, I waited about 5 minutes. I went later in the day and had the 1430 (2:30pm) ticket. The ticket agent spoke English. I spoke Russian to her, but she spoke English to me! I do not think the security men spoke English. All they wanted was to check the ticket, have you go through the metal detector, and inspect your bag. If you do not understand Russian, it will be ok, this is what they are asking for. There is a free coat check. You cannot skip it, if you try to enter the Armoury with your coat on they will not let you scan your ticket to enter!

It took me about an hour to tour the Armoury. I did not get the audio guide because it was 1500 RUB (~ $22 USD). I just did not feel it was worth it. So I cannot comment on the quality of the audio guide. However, on all the displays the signs are in BOTH Russian and English. Sometimes there are two signs (one for each language) and some it is Russian first followed by English.

There are staff members scattered about to scold you for taking photos, as photography is not permitted. However, many people took out their cell phones and took some pictures. Since it was low season, there were not many people and it was not hard to spend ample time at each display.

The items in the Armoury are beautiful and were definitely worth seeing. The architecture alone is worth seeing. The many jeweled altar Gospels are incredibly beautiful. There is a wide array of displays from housewares, jewelry, battle armor, religious artifacts, clothing, and carriages. Really, there are so many things it is hard to name all the categories.

I struggled whether to rate this as average or very good because I did expect it to be larger and take more time to tour. However, I think for the price and what you see, it is worth a trip inside. In my opinion, it is a one time experience. No need to go back if you find yourself in Moscow again. I would urge you skip the gift shop as the prices are very high.

In some reviews, people have said the ticket office is hard to find. It is not. When you pass the State History Museum, pass through iron gates, walk past the tomb of the unknown soldier (on your left), and just keep walking! There is not a sign, just keep following the path. You will see it on the left.
Written November 20, 2018
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