In one of the oldest areas of the Castle, the Mastio Visconteo, there is the Luigi Marzoli Weapons Museum, inaugurated in 1988 on a staging by Carlo Scarpa, to house one of the richest European collections of armor and ancient weapons, which tell the very long Brescian arms tradition, documenting its technological and artistic evolution between the 15th and 18th centuries.
The Museum of Arms of Brescia was born thanks to the acquisition of the collection of the knight of labor Luigi Marzoli, a successful entrepreneur, to whom the Museum is entitled. During his lifetime, Marzoli purchased a rich collection of weapons and armor, constituting one of the most important private collections in the world. In his will he left the precious collection to the city of Brescia, which he undertook to create a Museum of Arms in the castle of the city.
The importance of the Marzoli collection, to which were added the weapons and armor already present in the civic collections, lies not only in the quantity and quality of the pieces, but also in their selection. The intent of the knight of work was not only to collect the best and rarest items for sale, but to witness the important production of weapons, which has always characterized the Brescia area and, more generally, Lombardy.
For lovers of architecture and ancient art, a visit to the Museum of Arms allows you to appreciate portions of frescos from the Visconti era that decorate the halls of the Mastio. The coexistence of a Roman temple of the 1st century AD, of which the perimeter of the foundations and a broad staircase are visible, create an atmosphere-laden exhibition context.
Via del Castello, 9
TUE 9:00 - 17:00
WED 9:00 - 17:00
THU 9:00 - 17:00
FRI 9:00 - 17:00
SAT 9:00 - 18:00
SUN 9:00 - 18:00