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“Smallish but impressive museum”
Review of The Armoury

The Armoury
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Private Moscow Must-See Tour
Ranked #8 of 2,451 things to do in Moscow
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 25, 2013

This was the only "museum" open within The Kremlin when we visited. It has a large collection of applied art with an extensive collection of Russian Gold an Silver work. There are many Faberge eggs which is a highlight. There is ivory work as well including the ivory thrones and other Russian imperial regalia. There are regal carriages as well as arms and ammunition as one would expect from the Armoury.

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Reviewed December 18, 2013

Stupidly, I actually thought this building housed collections of weapons given it's name...but is actually the treasury housing jewels, gifts from other nations, clothes from Catherine the Great...coaches...an amazing collection that thanks to a guide also helped me understand a little more about the history and culture of Russia...well worth a visit

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Reviewed December 18, 2013

Like everywhere in Moscow, the tourist is seen as an irritant - you need to buy your ticket first - good luck with that - its to the right of the second tower, then you have to navigate your way past guards who clearly enjoy the military approach to their work. when you reach the cathedral square - you need to cross it going towards the road that overlooks the city- turn right and the armoury is about 100 metres. don't expect directions or help, - that is certainly not part of the job description, everything is service with a grunt. the armoury is fantastic though and they have audio guides - these are free and a must. Not all the faberge eggs where there but its a unique place to visit

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Reviewed December 16, 2013

Closed on Thursdays. It was fantastic.
I thought it would just be weapons and armour...NO! It also housed exhibitions that included religious items - diamond, ruby, sapphire encrusted books - also a display of clothes worn through the centuries - including coronation gowns. Gifts from other countries given by visiting dignitaries....so lots to see. We hired the English audio guides. We left a photo drivers card as security in order to use them - though you could have left money - no monetary charge for their use. Took about an hour and a half to go round. It's not obvious where or how to buy tickets! As with much of Moscow the signs are not great. There is an opaque glass sided building in the gardens under the outside wall of the Kremlin - this is the ticket office. The glass box that looks like it is the entrance is actually for the staff who work in the Kremlin. Once you have your tickets - we found they didn't speak English in the ticket office and there was no price list posted so we were not really sure what we had bought but it turned out to be ok! The armoury ticket has a timed entry so make sure you check the time that is on it. We were a group of 4 - we each had a ticket to get into the Kremlin but only one ticket that covered all four of us for the armoury. For the entrance to the armoury/Kremlin grounds - stand looking at the ticket office with the Kremlin in front of you and it is to your right - with the usual security check. You can take cameras/phones into the Kremlin but can't use them in the Armoury. The Armoury has a cloakroom once inside so you can leave your coats free of charge. Enjoy!

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

No visit to Moscow is complete without a visit to the Armoury. The museum displays some of the wealth of Russia. The value of the items is unimaginable. To view the Royal Faberge eggs , the jewel encusted bibles, the Coronation carriages and dresses ia amazing. The colllection is exceptional and worth the wait in queue to get in. Exceptional place, only pity being you are not permitted to take photos.

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