The Dresden Armoury, one of the most outstanding collections of its type in Europe, includes ceremonial weapons, ornate robes, objets d'art and curiosities from the former 'Kunstkammer' (Art Chamber), as well as portraits dating from the 16th to the 18th century.
The museum reflects the cultural boom that set in after the selection of Dresden as Saxony's capital by Elector Moritz in 1547. A total of 1,300 masterpieces - the works of goldsmiths, gunsmiths, painters, court tailors and other craftsmen from all over Europe and the orient - are on display in the Semper Building adjacent to the Zwinger and cover a floor area of approximately 950m². They illustrate the traditions of the tournament and the hunt as cultivated at the court of the Wettin rulers. Objects such as the Saxon Electoral Swords and Polish coronation regalia used at the coronation of August the Strong document major events of political and dynastic significance.
The inclusion in the Armoury of the costumes of the Wettin rulers means that weaponry and costumes, which were inseparable prestige symbols at the courts of the nobility, remain together in the museum, too. The collection is an exemplary reflection of life at the court of a ruling dynasty in the early modern era, recapturing in particular the atmosphere of the lavish court festivities.
Royal Palace (New Green Vault, Armoury at the New Giant's Hall, Turkish Chamber, Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Hausmannsturm and current special exhibitions): 10,00/ 7,50 EUR/ 0-16y free | Historic Green Vault: 12,00 EUR, incl. Audioguide/ 0-16y free | Combined ticket (Royal Palace and Historic Green Vault): 19,50 EUR
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