The Armoury (Museum)

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The Armoury
Erkebispegården/Postboks 4133 NO-7450
73 99 52 80
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The Armoury (Museum)

The Armoury, or Rustkammeret, is one of Norway's oldest museums. The idea of the armoury originates from medieval forts and castles. It was the room in which edged weapons, armour, and later small firearms were stored. So the name "Rustkammeret" has a long tradition, even though the current museum does not match the original definition. Today, it is an army museum as well as a resistance museum, emphasizing Trøndelag's military history. Norway's finest collection of edged weapons is on display at the museum. The museum shows military history from Viking times, through the middle Ages and the union with Denmark and later Sweden. The resistance section of the museum takes us back into Norway's recent history, from the start of the German occupation on 9 April 1940 until peace was restored on 8 May 1945.

Armoury as a concept originates from medieval forts and castles. The current Armoury in Trondheim can be traced back to the medieval Archbishop's Farm. Armoury was the room where edged weapons, armor, and eventually hand guns were stored and repaired. Armoury Museum which can be traced back to the historical våbensal decorated 1826 in Østhus. Armoury is one of the oldest museums in the country

Armoury was until 1930 located in the Men's room and a vaulted room until Regalierommet. January 1932 there was a more solemn opening of the Armoury Museum. The museum was then located at the bakery, the eastern part of the Archbishop's Palace. After considerable restoration work in 1950 - and 60-years to the existing showrooms in the Field House and Weight wing opened in 1968. Today stands Armoury partly as a Army Museum, partly as a home-front museum, with emphasis on Trøndelags military history.

Guided tours off season on appointment.

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