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The Armoury military museum in Trondheim

The Armoury is one of Norway’s oldest museums. The term armoury comes from the castles and fortresses of the Middle age, and the rooms where weapons and armaments were stored and repaired.

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. The Norwegian term for armoury, "Rustkammeret", therefore has a long tradition, even though the current museum does not match the original definition. Today, it is a militray museum, emphasizing Central Norway'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.

We can offer guided tours on military historical locations in Central Norway on request. 


The museum will be closed until 2021.

As a result of Covid-19, all the Armed Forces' museums have been closed since mid-March. Parts of the public-facing business are now being opened in line with current infection control rules. It has nevertheless been decided that the Defense Museum in Oslo, Bergenhus Fortress Museum, the Rustkammeret in Trondheim, the Marine Museum in Horten and the Defense Flight Collection Gardemoen will be closed until 2021. Employees at the closed museums will spend their time developing the museum further for the public, especially in digitization and digital communication, in order to make the museums more sustainable and strengthen the role of important communicators of Norwegian war and military history in the future as well.

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