The royal arsenal from 1508, until transferred to the new capital in St. Petersburg in 1711, the Armoury produced, purchased, and stored not only weapons, but also the jewelry and various household articles of the tsars. Tsar Alexander I of Russia nominated it to be the first public museum in Moscow in 1806, but the collections were not opened to the public for another 7 years. The current building was designed in 1844-1851 by architect Konstantin Ton.