The Army Museum
War and peace
It is as if the old artillery yard lights up every time the Royal Guard gets ready for its march to the castle, because for 400 years the courtyard was filled with banners, uniforms and weapons. This was the Svea Artillery Regiment's arsenal and it was in this very courtyard that King Gustav III was welcomed by a jubilant crowd when, on that beautiful summer's day of 19 August 1772, he gained support to overturn the power of the nobility, marking the start of the Age of Liberty.
The artillery yard was set up back in the 1640s, when the arsenal was moved here from the palace. In 1762 First Surveyor Carl Johan Cronstedt was commissioned to design a new winged arsenal over two floors. 1879 saw the Artillery Museum first open its collections to the public, and in 1943 it was renamed the Army Museum. A refit in 1998 gave the building spacious and modern museum facilities that included an auditorium.
The Army Museum depicts Sweden's military history from the Vikings to the present day, describing the realities of war not least for civil society. Dramatic scenes in full scale portray key events in Swedish history. Children can try on uniforms, play or follow a special trail around the museum full of hands-on activities.
Outside the museum entrance is a large collection of gun barrels, including trophy pieces captured during Sweden's campaigns in Europe. To the west of the arsenal looking from the artillery yard stands the Poltava Monument, which shows Mother Svea draping a flag over a fallen soldier of King Karl XII's army.
The museum has a shop offering tin soldiers, military surplus and a wide range of books on military history. The museum also has a pleasant restaurant, although visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic.
The building is part of our shared cultural heritage. The National Property Board looks after it, but it is the museum that keeps the building alive. Information on exhibitions and activities can be found on the museum's website.
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114 51 Stockholm