Exhibition | Heavy Metal: Arms and Armour

Posted in exhibitions by Caitlin Smits on April 22, 2016


From the National Museum of Finland (Kansallismuseo) . . .

Heavy Metal: Arms and Armour (Aseita ja haarniskoja) from the 16th to 18th Century
Häme Castle, Hämeenlinna, Finland, 22 April — 23 October 2016

In the end of April 2016 an armour exhibition of international stature will be opened in Häme Castle. Originally from Graz Austria the exhibition demonstrates large collection of arms and armour from the 16th to 18th centuries. The exhibition will also include one of the few whole preserved horse armour and weapons. The infantry half armours on display are related to Finnish history, since similar armour was used by the Finnish light cavalrymen in the service of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden during the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century.

Medieval Häme Castle provides a unique and authentic setting for the exhibits. During the exhibition there will be plenty of additional activities such as a medieval feast, market and jousting. The seventeen pieces of armour in the exhibition are from the Styrian Armoury of the Universaalmuseum of Joanneum in Austria, which has the world’s largest and oldest collection of armour. They are on display for the first time in Northern Europe. The exhibition gives a unique opportunity to explore armour from the 16th to 18th century. Five of the pieces featured are whole breastplate armours (Maximilian and Italian type); twelve are infantry half armours. Also on display will be helmets, halberds, boar spears, swords, muskets, and wheel-lock pistols.