The Royal Armoury's collections originates mainly from the Royal Wardrobe, the Royal Arsenal and various monarch's private collections. Items from the collections have been on display for visitors since the 17th century. The collections consist mainly of magnificent artefacts, costumes and parade armour from royal ceremonies and weapons. There are also coronation carriages and ceremonial coaches from the court.
Well-known royal artefacts
Some artefacts have been preserved because they were involved in particularly important moments in history. Gustav II Adolf’s stuffed horse Streiff from the Battle of Lützen in 1632 and Gustav III’s masquerade costume from the 1792 attack at the opera are such examples.
The museum’s collections from the 17th century are unique. The magnificent men’s costumes and superb saddles and saddle cloths are almost unparalleled in the world. The value of the collections is further enhanced by the extensive documentation available in the form of inventories, receipts and accounts, which means that we often know not only who owned the artefact, but also who has manufactured it and for what occasion. The fine objects are complemented by simpler things that are also well documented because they formed part of the administration of the court.