Arms Museum

Top choice in Western European Russia

Tula has been a weapons manufacturing centre for centuries, a legacy celebrated at this fantastically kitted-out new building that houses an impressive collection of metal weaponry and armoury dating back to medieval times. It’s impossible not to appreciate the delicate skill and artistry applied to some of the weapons. The museum also has a branch within the Tula kremlin; you can buy a combination ticket that gives access to both (R550). There are some impressive missile tanks and military vehicles on display out front.

This branch of the museum has a miniature shooting range on-site. At the time of research it was undergoing renovations with plans to add a new room exhibiting modern-day weapons.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Western European Russia attractions

1. Tula Kremlin


This restored stone fortress, first constructed out of wood in the early 16th century, is home to the stunning 18th-century Assumption Cathedral. The…

2. Arms Museum - Tula Kremlin

0.58 MILES

The kremlin branch of the Arms Museum hosts temporary exhibitions displaying military weaponry from around the globe and spanning different wars…

3. Assumption Cathedral

0.58 MILES

The five burnished gold onion domes of this 18th-century cathedral rise over the ramparts of Tula's kremlin.

4. Tula Samovar Museum

0.61 MILES

‘To take one’s own samovar to Tula’ is a Russian idiom coined by Anton Chekhov, denoting a pointless activity. Local production of this essential part of…

5. Lenin Statue

0.68 MILES

This giant Lenin statue looms large over Tula's central square (pl Lenina) with its brutal architecture of the old Soviet city.

6. Antiquities Exhibition Centre

1.21 MILES

In this interactive museum split between two buildings, kids will get a kick out of the Stone Age and Bronze Age finds from the Tula area, including…

7. Tula Necropolis

1.52 MILES

Set over 50 hectares, photography buffs will love this huge, gorgeously creepy graveyard, with hundreds of telegenic tombstones slowly being devoured by…

8. Central Park

1.73 MILES

A large, pleasant park perfect for strolling and watching locals cycling and rollerblading around. If you enter the park from pr Lenina, you'll see the…