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Located in Leeds, Royal Armouries Museum is a National Museum that features National Arms and Armours collection. This museum is the part of Royal Army Family Museum. Some of the collections are display in Tower of London. It also features National Artillery and Permanent Gallery in Frazier History Museum at Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America.
Royal Armouries Museum Tours
Learn the history of how to hunt and the weapon from prehistoric to the 21th century. This gallery features simple spears to the complex weapon including longbows, crossbows, and fire guns. You can also see 'Tula Garniture', the gun that owned by Elizabeth Petrovna, the Russian Queen in 18th century.
Find the art and technology of some interesting weapons and armour from over the world. Do not forget to learn about the impressive weapon that can give the key to understand the world's history. Oriental gallery features the elephant armour in the 16th century, Bargustavan I-pil from India. This armour was brought by Lady Clive, the wife of Edward, Lord Clive II (Madras Governor) to England 1801. Moreover, it also features the sword of Yongle Ming Emepror in the 15th century.
Explore the gallery which features the self-defense history, from the 21th century. It focuses on how the self-defense mode is changing line with the development of technology. It also features the controversial problems of how to use the weapon for self-defense in modern culture. This gallery has its highlights point. One of them is 'vampire killing kit', this 20th century consists of 19 objects: mallet and stakes, crucifix, rosary beads, book of common prayers, garlic paste and bottle, percussion pocket pistol and bullet mold.
Have you ever watched 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' movie? The Swords of Middle Earth gallery features five amazing swords used in those two movies. They are Orcrist, Sting, Glamdring, Anduril and Strider's sword. All swords are the limited copies of Weta's Master Swordsmith Peter Lyon, the one who is responsible of the properties for those two movies.
The appearance of this gallery is exploring the positive changes that have been created and are being created by individual, group and all nations that choose to change conflict into peace. This gallery was created with The Peace Museum in Bardford. This gallery displays weapons which taken from circulation of Mozambique Brother's War. Those weapons were used to form 'Chair', a statue by Kester (Christavao Estevao Canhavato). Surrenders weapons were exchanged to the useful items such as bicycle and sewing machine.
This tournament gallery was provided as the place for training. People can use this place for war training which becomes the important in socials and politics events. There is jousting feet for combats, see the special weapon and armour which used in tournament. Is features a 'Horned Helmet' of Henry VIII.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entry ticket to get into Royal Armories Museum.
How To Get Around?
Walking around the Royal Armouries Museum is the best option since scooter, bicycle and rollerblade are not allowed to use inside the museum.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear clothes depend on the weather condition in Leeds. If you are visiting Leeds on summer, make sure you cool clothes, short, comfortable sneakers since you are going to walk around the museum and sunglasses. If you are planning to visit on winter prepare your coat, sweater, scarf, gloves and hat. Do not forget to take your camera with you to capture the best weapon there.
Best Time to Visit
The weather in Leeds is various. The weather becomes cold almost all year round. If you are planning to visit Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds when it's in warm weather, you can visit on July, August and June. However, if you are looking for winter, you can visit Leeds on April, December and September. Snow will fall around November.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site. Royal Armouries Museum is close to the city center at Armouries Square, near to the Aire River. You can explore Leeds by your own.
How To Get There?
Getting into Royal Armuories Museum is easy. Public transports are available to take you there. You can use train from Bradford Forster Square Railway Station which takes 52 minutes to reach the museum. If you are using bus, take the bus number 11 from Millennium Bridge (York) and bus M4 from Burnley General Hospital (Burnley). It will take more than one hour if you are using bus.
Inside the museum you have many things to do, include taking picture. You are allowed to take picture but make sure you are not using flash. Also, the pictures are not allowed to be used as personal interest of visitors such as business or commercial interest.