The Armoury Museum of Álava was created from the donation of Félix Alfaro Fournier of his collection of weapons to the Provincial Council of Alava. The museum opened in 1966 in the “Casa Armera of Gobeo-San Juan Guevara”, a restored building from XVI century donated by the Caja de Ahorros Municipal de Vitoria. The building is located in the historic center of the city, becoming at once the headquarters of the Armory Museum and Archaeology Museum.
The Armoury Museum exhibits Álava weapons from different eras, showing its evolution throughout history
The museum collection Armory consists mainly of offensive and defensive weapons ranging from prehistory to the early twentieth century. This collection is distributed on two floors and is sorted chronologically.
The visit to the Museum begins with weapons of the Stone Age with an age of 300,000 years and the Metal Age where visitors can see weapons of bronze and iron as axes or Iberian falcatas (ancient Iberian sword) .
Continuing the visit we can see weapons of Greeks, Romans and weapons characteristics of the Middle Ages as different types of crossbows styles. Besides camisotes (shirt mesh), short swords and other weapons found during excavations in Vitoria dated to the late twelfth century.
The next space of the museum is dedicated to firearms for individual use from the first wick as the hand cannon, through the wheel and spark until the last percussion. Here you can also see the evolution of the sword in its different varieties.
In the next area the visitor finds the space devoted to African, Oriental and Arabic weapons. Where you can see prehistoric spears from Africa, long swords of Lauristán Siamese, Chinese sabers, kris Southeast Asian, Japanese swords and muskets. In addition two full armor of samurai of the late sixteenth century.
To end the tour, visitors discover the space dedicated to the Battle of Vitoria that occurred in 1813. Where retreating troops of the French were defeated by the troops of the Anglo-Spanish-Portuguese army. Also in this space we can see personal items seized as booty of war, various weapons and uniforms. Also exposes a small collection of complete rifles types “Saint Etienne“, “tulle“, “Charleville” and “Mauburg” a collection of sabers of the Imperial Guard and informative models of the battle.
Armory Museum visits can be made throughout the year except Mondays the museum is closed.
(1€ reduced and 2€ for groups over 10 people)
Paseo Fray Francisco 3, Vitoria-Gasteiz, teléfono: 945-181925
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