The Oruzheinaya Palata (Armory Palace) is the oldest museum in the country which houses one of the greatest collection of its kind in the world. In 1485, Grand Prince Vasily III, son of Ivan the Great, constructed a special building to house the royal family's collection of valuables. In the late 1600s Peter the Great converted it into a museum to house the art treasures of the Kremlin. The present building, designed in 1851 has nine exhibition halls that trace the history of the Kremlin and the Russian State. It is also houses a magnificent collection of Western European decorative and applied art from the 12th to 19th centuries.
The Armory is one of the most interesting museums in Moscow and should definitely be visited.