Reopening of the Royal Armoury


The Royal Armoury is the oldest museum in Sweden and its unique collections depicting the royal history of Sweden have so far been seen by millions of visitors. Following a period of refurbishment, a new updated exhibition, in the old vaults of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, were launched on 17 June 2019.

500 years of monarchy rule

The Royal Armoury boasts a wide range of historical artefacts depicting the royal history of Sweden from the 16th Century until the present day. Weapons, armour, suits and carriages tell of events and people during 500 years of Swedish and international history.

The new exhibition is about the monarchy and how it has been able to legitimise its powers and justify its existence throughout the years. It tells of famous victories, dramatic moments and spectacular ceremonies. It tells of the joys and sorrows of those women and men who helped shape the royal history – through wars, conflicts and crises - into an era of democracy.

Beloved objects and new perspectives

The new exhibition are incorporating both familiar and never-before-seen objects. One of the most important features of the exhibition is the coherent chronological tale about the power of the monarchy over the past 500 years. The collections will be presented in a creative and innovative way, using existing and ongoing research across a variety of areas. With this exhibition, we aim to give today’s visitors an updated insight into the history of Sweden - through the eyes of the monarchy and those associated with it – from the time of Gustav Vasa until the present day.

Interactive stations

The new exhibition will be easier to follow and understand and will engage all senses. Interactive stations describing smells, materials and sounds will give rise to curiosity and a desire to learn about our Swedish royal history. No prior knowledge of the history of Sweden is needed. The magical ambience of the current exhibition will be safeguarded, preserved and continued through to the new exhibition. The rustic and simple elegance that is so characteristic of the museum will also continue in the new exhibition.