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)