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Opening of Armory Collection at the Residence Palace Dresden

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Gedc0139 in The number of museums in the Royal Residence Palace has been increased with the opening of the Dresden Amory in the Giant Hall (Riesensaal) in February this year. It is already the second exhibition of the Armory Museum as the Turkish Chamber that was opened three years ago is part of that collection too.

More than 400 objects of tournaments, fire and blank weapons , carved horses and armors can be admired.

Immediately with entering the room you take part of the joust of war, one of the three types of tournaments that were practiced here in Dresden in the 16th and 17th century.  Two more tournaments (Italian Joust and Foot Tournament) including their equipment follow before you can see the world’s biggest collection of  armors made by the most famous armorer here in Germany in the 16th century – Anton Peffenhauser.

The collection finally closes with unique and splendid parade armors and field armors that had been used during the 30 years war.

By the way, the name Giant Hall where there exhibition is located does not refer to the size of the room although it measures 750m². In fact it refers to the former paintings of giants in the window niches.

The new collection of the Dresden Amory is a new must to see here in Dresden. For sure it is, apart from Vienna and Madrid, one of the richest and most important collections of that kind worldwide.

The entrance ticket costs 10€ p.p. and includes the other museum in the Royal Residence Palace too, except the Historic Green Vault. (15€ for 2-day-ticket)


5 year aniversary of the reopended Historic Green Vault

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

On the weekend of the 17th and 18th September 2011 the State Art Collections in Dresden celebrates with a varied program the 5-year anniversary of the reopening of the Historical Green Vault. On the occasion of the anniversary the Historical Green Vault, all museums and exhibitions in the Royal Palace are open also on Tuesdays the 13th, 20th and 27th September and the 4th October.
With 5 € entrance tickets for either the Palace or the Historic Green Vault, one can see on that day all events and current exhibitions until 10 p.m. You can expect a colourful program for children and adults: Jazz, creative workshops, lectures, raffle and free tours of the museums.
On Sunday, September 18, 2011, the Royal Palace invites you to a concert at 11 a.m. in the small courtyard ,to a reading, creative workshops and guided tours for children.
The Green Vault in the Royal Palace in Dresden is the oldest Treasury museum in Europe and finest collections of art treasures from the Renaissance and the Baroque. Founder of this unique museum was the famous Saxon Elector August the Strong. As one of the few European treasuries the Green Vault has succeeded in maintaining almost its authentic stock.
As a work of art, the objects are shown without disturbing glass, which is why the number of visitors is limited and entry is possible only through a double door system that will keep the premises free of dust. The tour includes the Antechamber and the Amber Room to the Ivory Room and the Jewellery Room with its almost completely mirrored walls. A total of 10 rooms are passed through. It also includes the famous work of art “Moor with Emerald Plate”. Among the numerous drinking vessels are also the mouth cup of Martin Luther and a drinking cup of Ivan the Terrible.(K. Michael)

Winter Joy in the Surroundings of Dresden

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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Not only Dresden has to offer a lot during the winter months, but also the palaces and landscapes in its surroundings. Thus, the hunting lodge of Augustus the Strong provides besides a charming landscape, the paradise in a nutshell (little pheasant castle), a permanent exhibition about the courtly hunt now also a show about the German-Czech cult film “Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella”.

The Baroque palace served in the 1970s as a festal film set of the popular fairytale film. The show illuminates not only the magical backgrounds of the Cinderella story, but also presents original historical costumes and requisites. Therefore, first a tour with DresdenWalks in Dresden and afterwards up to a Baroque fairytale world.
(K. Michael)

Dresden Royal Residence: Queen Margrethe II opens the Gallery of Princes

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

At the reconstruction of the Dresden Royal Residence another stage will be completed in August. The 40 m long and 400 sqm big “Gallery of Princes” presents Saxon rulers with paintings and busts. It connects the “English Staircase” with the new part of the treasure rooms “Green Vault”. With an exhibition of art treasures from the royal-Danish and Dresden collections the Gallery will be opened by the Danish Queen Margrethe II on 23rd August. The Dresden Royal Residence is considered as an architecural gem amongst experts.
(Katharina Michael)

Dresden Summernight of Museums 2009

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The Dresden Summernight of Museums goes into its eleventh year. Once again, the city’s famous museums open their gates for a long night of exhibitions, shows and events. From 6 pm in the evening to 1 am you are invited to enjoy what nearly 50 houses present to you.