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Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is located southwestern Slovakia on the borders with Austria and Hungary. It is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Known as Pressburg to German-speakers or Pozsony to Hungarian-speakers, Bratislava got its present name only since 1919. But the city has a long and proud history that dates back to pre-Roman times.
The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories and became a coronation town and the seat of kings and all major organisations and offices. Eleven Hungarian kings and queens were crowned at St. Martin's Cathedral including The Queen Maria Theresa.
For many people still known as a part of former Czechoslovakia, Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia becoming more and more popular city, modern and young so called “Partyslava” or “BARtislava”.
Museums and Galleries in Bratislava and Slovakia
There are so many museums and galleries in Bratislava that you will most likely not have enough time to visit them all. But take a look at select the places of your interest. Below are some Tips for most popular museums.
If not mentioned below differently the opening hours are from 9 am till 5 pm Tue – Fri. Please note that most museums are closed on Mondays.
The Slovak National Museum
The Slovak National Museum was founded in 1961 and nowdays manages 16 specialized museums both in and outside Bratislava. Some of them are listed below:
Natural Science Museum (Vajanskeho nabrezie 2)
The Natural Science Museum is focused on the research, documentation and presentation of the diversity and development of the living and non-living natural environment, in particular within Slovakia. It is a central methodological workplace with a nationwide scope. Through its collections (of approx. 2.4 million objects) it ranks among the most important natural science museums in Europe. The acquisition activities of the museum are focused primarily on the territory of Slovakia.
Archaeological Museum and Museum of History (Bratislava Castle)
Largest archeological exhibition "Treasures of Slovakia's Long-Gone Past" and many other historical exhibitions (history, furniture, clocks and many others)
Červený Kameň Museum (Cerveny Kamen Castle)
The Červený Kameň Museum is a specialized museum documenting the development of residences of the aristocracy and the urban classes in Slovakia, emphasizing the art-history character of the objects and history of the Červený Kameň Castle. The collection activities of the museum are oriented on historical furniture, furnishings and household accessories, artefacts, art and sculpture, art and craft objects and historical weapons.
Museum of Jewish Culture (next to the tram tunnel on Zidovska 17)
The Bratislava City Museum
Its headquarters are located in the Old Town Hall on Main Square. The museum documents the history of Bratislava from the earliest periods until the 20th century. The Bratislava City Museum is the oldest museum in continuous operation in Slovakia. The Bratislava City Museum manages several specialized museums.
Some of them are listed below but find all details on Bratislava City Museum.
Museum of the City History (Old Town Hall)
Museum of City History is main museum, which displays archaeological discoveries and findings and documents a history of pharmacy, culture, social life and numismatics. Exposition of Viticulture and Winemaking is separate museum in adjacent building.
Museum of Arms and City Fortifications (Michael’s Tower)
This Arms and Municipal Fortifications Museum is very popular also thanks to wonderful view from the top of the tower.
Museum of Clocks housed at the House of the Good Shepherd (Zidovska street)
Remarkable feature of the museum is a collection of portable sundials from the 16th to 18th centuries
Devín Castle National Cultural Monument (in Devin Castle)
Perfect trip to castle ruins at confluence of Danube and Morava rivers, accessible by car or bus. Open April-October. Mainly archeological history of the castle and really fascinating exhibit.
Ancient Times Gerulata National Cultural Monument (Rusovce)
The exposition brings the history of Roman Empire in the territory of Slovakia closer. The museum is located in the space where a Roman military camp Gerulata used to be. Province Panonia is the only one in our territory that was an integral part of the Roman Empire. It was built in the 2nd century as a part of the Limes Romanus system. It was abandoned in the 4th century, when Roman legions withdrew from Pannonia.
Other interesting museums in Bratislava
The Museum of Transportation is situated on the site of the first steam-railway station in Bratislava on Šancová street, near the current main railway station. It was opened on June 24, 1999.
Arthur Fleischmann Museum (Biela 6, side street of Michalska)
Small museum paying homage to the world renowned sculptor born in Bratislava. Permanent exposition presents collection of well-preserved ceramics works, selection of sculptural works and plastics created in London as well as photographs.
Galleries in BratislavaThere are situated more than 20 galleries with permanent expositions of the ancient and modern art and many interesting temporary exhibitions. Among the cultural attractions can be seen the original „Passage“ - the similar one cannot be found anywhere in the world.
The Slovak National Gallery
Was founded in 1948 and is the most extensive network of galleries in Slovakia. Two displays in Bratislava are situated adjacent one to another at Esterházy Palace (Esterházyho palác) and the Water Barracks (Vodné kasárne), both located on the Danube riverfront in the Old Town.
The Bratislava City Gallery
Gallery was founded in 1961, is the second largest Slovak gallery of its kind. The gallery offers permanent displays at Pálffy Palace (Pálffyho palác) and Mirbach Palace (Mirbachov palác), located in the Old Town.
Mirbach Palace (Františkánske námestie 11): permanent exposition of medieval painting and sculpture as well as short-term exhibitions, where you will find the current programs of exhibitions.
Palffy Palace (Panská 19): exposition of English goblin tapestries of the 17th century and several smaller picture expositions of assets of the Gallery of the city of Bratislava - an ensemble of Dutch and Flemish genre painting of the 17th century and exposition of Italian paintings of the 16th centuries.
Danubiana Art Museum
One of the youngest art museums in Europe, is situated near Čunovo Dam. Unique museum of modern art surrounded by water. It is accessible by car - ask for directions at your hotel, or by bus no. 91 to terminal stop in Cunovo and follow signs.
Bibiana, International House of Art for Children
This unique place presents various outstanding temporary exhibitions. Children aged about 3 to 11 love Bibiana, whose identity pivots on all manner of creative arts. Bibiana is located in a lovely old town house at Panska 41, adjacent to the massive St Martins cathedral. There were recently exhibitions like The Little Prince, The world of Hans Christian Andersen, various exhibits focusing on puppetry, various exhibits dedicated to the senses (sight, hearing etc.)