The Palace Armoury (Maltese: L-Armerija tal-Palazz) is an arms collection housed at the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta, Malta. It was the main armoury of the Order of St. John in the 17th and 18th centuries, and as such it was the last arsenal established by a crusader military order. Although today only a part of the original armoury still survives, it is still one of the world's largest collections of arms and armour still housed in its original building (although not the original location). The Palace Armoury has been open to the public as a museum since 1860.
In 1604, the Order's arsenal was transferred to the Grandmaster's Palace by Alof de Wignacourt, and was housed in a large hall at the rear of the building. At the time, it contained enough arms and armour for thousands of soldiers. The armoury was rearranged under Manuel Pinto da Fonseca's magistracy in the 18th century.
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Michael Azad | Feb 12, 2018
As someone who loves history, the palace armoury was an absolute pleasure to visit, as one of the largest current armouries available in Europe. It hold armour and weapons from the siege of Malta with the Knights of Saint John, right up until a couple centuries ago. Although the ticket is a bit expensive, for anyone who loves historical armours or weapons, I’d definitely recommend it. However if you aren’t too much into the history, you might not find it worth it.
Ami Sayag | Jun 25, 2018
Interesting but small. The entrance is not from the main square but from the side.
Marek Madejski | Oct 31, 2017
A huge variety of armour and weapons. Detailed audio guide in several major languages provides description of every artifact. Armour collection is displayed in chronological order, so we can see how the plate armour and helms evolved through ages. The museum has also a great collection of polearms, swords and early firearms. Among the collection there are a few unique artifacts: heavy shot-proof helm and a hybrid of a sabre and a gun - definitely worth seeing.
Fabrizio Ferracin | Dec 26, 2017
Beautiful and interesting. The ticket is for the Armoury and the State Rooms. It's worth the price just for the latter, but the Armoury is a nice addition.
Maya Gasuk | Sep 19, 2017
I am not much for this kind of thing but found the audioguide very informative and added to the experience. The pieces as art and military history combined are interesting. It took about an hour. If you are hoping for air conditioning to cool off while viewing, you are out of luck, so be prepared.
Patrick Willems | Jul 4, 2018
In the old days they were a lot smarter, defending faith and country against the islam.THEY did a good job.
Tomas Kiltinavičius | Jun 27, 2018
Very short exhibition, but the pieces are very interesting, but only to people who are interested in warfare, armour, weapons and war
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