Defensive arms

The collection of protective arms provides us with a clear picture of how soldiers protected themselves in wartime. Whether marksman, pikeman, hussar, harquebusier or cuirassier, officer or aristocratic military leader, they are all represented by their armour and helmets in the Styrian Armoury.

There are around 3,844 items:

 

  • helmets
  • suits of chai
  • mail
  • armoured sleeves
  • shields
  • suits of armour


The armour dates back to 1500 - 1685 and was commissioned by the Styrian estates from armourers and mail makers in Graz, Nuremberg and Augsburg. 

Amongst the most interesting exhibits is a horse armour made in the workshop of Conrad Seusenhofer in Innsbruck in c. 1510 and came to the Armoury in 1814 as a gift from Karl, Count of Stubenberg.

 

There are more elaborate officer’s armours of aristocrats as well as pieces used in tournament: a field armour made in the workshop of Conrad Richter in Augsburg which belonged to Archduke Charles II of Inner Austria, a fluted armour made in the workshop of Hans Maystetter in Innsbruck as well as the great garniture for tournament of Kaspar Baron of Völs-Schenkenberg which was made in the workshop of Michael Witz the Younger in Innsbruck.

Styrian Armoury

Herrengasse 16
8010 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9810
F +43-316/8017-9669
zeughaus@museum-joanneum.at

 

Opening Hours
01. April to 31. October Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm

01. November 2017 to 23. March 2018 admission only as part of a guided tour.
Admission without guided tour:
01.12.–03.12., 11am–15pm
08.12.–10.12., 11am–15pm
15.12.–17.12., 11am–15pm
22.12.–23.12., 11am–15pm
29.12.–31.12., 11am–15pm


24. March 2018 to 31. October 2018 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm


Guided tours:
Tues-Sun and on public holidays at 1pm (en), 11am and 2pm (ger). For specific dates, please visit our calendar. Guided tours also on advance notice.

 

2nd April 2018
21st May 2018
31st December 2018

1st January 2018
13th February 2018
24th/25th December 2018