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Archduke Ferdinand II was the first to combine his Chambers of Armour as a single collection, according to a clear concept. It was his intent to emphasise the historic role of the Habsburgs and commemorate the outstanding deeds of famous individuals. Like nobody before him, he systematically purchased armour, weapons and portraits of famous military commanders. For the first time ever in the history of collecting, he also took into account aesthetic criteria such as light and colours when deciding how to present them. Sensationally novel was also his illustrated inventory—the first-ever museum catalogue.

The present-day arrangement, though not identical with the original presentation, attempts to make visible the objectives that Archduke Ferdinand had set. The highlights include rare suits of tournament armour, ornamental armour for courtly ceremonies, the armour of famous military commanders and, last but not least, that of Ferdinand II. There is also a Turk Chamber, which documents the fear of the Turks and the enthusiasm for the Orient that both existed during the 16th century.


Ambras Castle
Schlossstraße 20, 6020 Innsbruck

Opening hours
daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission till half an hour before closing time.

Closed during November!

The Habsburg portrait gallery and the Collection of gothic sculptures are open April to October!

Holiday opening hours

Tel. +43 1 525 24- 4802

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