Colllections

The Slovak National Museum (SNM) handles the most extensive collection in the Slovak Republic. It consists of more than 3 894 000 collection items, which means approx. 40 % of all museum collections in the country. Each visitor of SNM museums has a chance to find something interesting and unusual. Some people’s interest may be caught by facilities in noble residences; others may get attracted to ordinary tools and their utilization which can nowadays only be explained by specialists.

Outstanding archeological findings coming from the Slovak territory since pre-historical age all the way to late Middle Ages, can be found in Archeological museum in Bratislava. More than 150 000 collection items is a result of scholarly activities of professional museum staff. Many of them were acquired by the museum as a gift or via purchase, such as Mohapl’s or Marcel’s collection. The museum temporarily accommodates one precious collection of Evangelic lyceum in Bratislava, so called Schimko’s – Egyptian, Greek and Roman sights and findings from the territory of former Hungarian empire.

Admirers of traditional folk textile and cloths will be taken aback by extraordinary and precious collection of so called ceremonial sheets, caps and anadems; while collection of blueprint and gingerbread pans forms an interesting handcrafts exhibit. One of the most precious artifacts within this fund is painted glass of Pieta and Jánošíkova družina, plastics of Madonna with a child and Pieta. When it comes to traditional furniture, the largest collection contains chests for cloths documenting their construction variety, broad scale of decorative techniques and motifs. The oldest of them dates back to 1670. All above-mentioned proofs of folk culture and traditions are located in the Ethnographic museum in Martin.

Special attention should be paid to artifacts located in the Museum of Jewish Culture in Bratislava. Two Faince jugs of Chevr Kadish burial society in Senica come from 18th century and form an invaluable document of their era. Among others, historical books reveal works of famous Bratislava rabbi Chatam Sofer, known thanks to the world-famous rabbi school operating in Bratislava until 1939.

In case you are interested in development of Slovak music, you are advised to visit Slovak National Museum and its Musical Museum in Bratislava. You will discover an obscure autograph of the first Slovak national anthem Krútňava composed by Eugen Suchoň or an autograph of the essential part of Slovak Orchestra Symphonism – a symphonic poem Osud (Fate) and ideal by J. L. Bella. Musical instruments reveal some treasures too, among them piano from Nanette Streicher’s studio from 1827, which is the eldest preserved piano coming from the same Viennese workshop.

Flemish and German tapestries from 16th and 17th century (Lüneburg tapestry), valuable collection of historical clocks, glass and porcelain can be found in the Historical museum in Bratislava. The Museum also handles a unique set of coins – Košice gold treasure, while its collection contains one Jánošík’s sheep hook, too.

Admirers of fine arts will be pleased by the collection of outstanding European masters like Jacob Jordaens, Carlo F. Nuvoleone, Abraham Janssens, Leonardo Coccorante, Paul de Vos, Jacques d´Arthois, Bojnice altar Narda di Cione, statues of Dionýz Stanetti and many other rare artifacts of Bojnice museum. Famous tiled stoves are exhibited in the Betliar Museum at Krásna Hôrka castle as well as in Betliar castle itself. The most famous of all of them is the stove placed in Žofia Serédy room made from tiles covered in blue and white finish, decorated with relief decoration in the pomegranate shape. Several cold weapons from 16th and 17th century, such as costume epeé, two-handed sword or ceremonial scythe – storming and cutting weapon on a long handle for court guards of Matej the King. Visitors typically seek a funeral carriage constructed to move bodily remnants of Countess Františka Andrássy from 1904. One of the most precious artifacts include box clocks in the Castle’s Pink saloon and late 15th century incunabula.

Museum of puppets and toys is located in Modrý Kameň and its most famous puppet is called Drobček from Matelko programme. Indonesian shadow puppets of Wayang Golek or luminescent puppets of František Tvrdek draw attention of visitors, too. In its collections, the museum also preserves the last theatre trailer of nomadic Dubský puppet-show family and a house for dolls with historical furniture made in the second half of 19th century.

Collections in Andrej Kmeť’s Museum in Martin reveal elite entomological collection in Martin. They are listed among EU monitored types.

Figures document the number of collection pieces, too. In Červený Kameň castle museum, visitors may see up to 1 729 historical items, which is only 12.83 % of the overall amount owned by the museum. Historical library in the castle contains 14 312 volumes of books. If we were to put them in one shelf, it would have to measure 286 m. The largest carpet at the Červený Kameň castle measures 44.12 m2, which means approximately an area of two-bedroom apartment.