Slovakia has quite a number of museums compared to the size of the country. Are you interested in history? Fine arts? Nature? Than we present to you the top 10 museums to visit in Slovakia. Enjoy!
1. Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in Medzilaborce
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The king of pop art Andy Warhol once said “I come from nowhere” and it is kind of true. His parents grew up in the Eastern part of Slovakia close to the borders of Poland and Ukraine in a small village called Miková. His father Andrej Varchola departed to Pittsburgh in 1913 to find a better life where he was later joined by his wife Julia. The Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art was opened many years after in 1991 and it holds the second largest collection of Warhol´s artworks. Today it displays 160 Warhol originals and other objects connected with his life and his family.
2. Danubiana Maulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava
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Danubiana is located 15 kilometers from the center of Bratislava on the edge of a peninsula where the Danube river flows. You can admire beautiful paintings and sculptures, take a walk in the surrounding park or enjoy a stunning view from the rooftop terrace. Even if you are not a huge fan of modern art you will definitely enjoy this place.
The museum building includes a cozy café on the river bank of the Danube where you can relax and enjoy the magical atmosphere of the place. A great way how you can experience not only the museum but also sailing is a cruise trip. The ship leaves directly from the passenger port in the center of Bratislava then stays in Danubiana for few hours and comes back.
3. Museum of the Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica
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Located in a beautiful Soviet-style building from 1969 this museum presents political, military and social events in the Slovak history between 1918 and 1948. The building consists of two asymmetric concrete monuments connected with a bridge which symbolizes the idea of the Slovak National Uprising as an important milestone in Slovak history. The museum has a rich collection of objects from WWII so if you are into history you will definitely enjoy the exhibition. The museum building is located in the middle of a park which includes an open-air museum of heavy military equipment.
4. Museum of the City History in Bratislava
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This museum was established in 1868 and it is located in a beautiful building of the town hall in Bratislava. The exhibitions are documenting the history of Bratislava from medieval ages until today. The best part of the museum is the clock tower which offers an amazing view of the castle, main square, and the historical center. Visiting this museum is a must for lovers of history and for everyone who wants to learn more about the capital of Slovakia.
5. Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology in Liptovský Mikuláš
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This museum is one of the most attractive ones is Slovakia. On the area of 1400m2, you can explore the world from the underground till the mountains. The exhibition is interactive and it offers many interesting experiences. The exhibits are completed with light and sound effects and in some rooms, you really feel like you are outside in a forest. Thanks to the recent reconstruction this museum became really popular and it attracts visitors not only from Slovakia but also from abroad.
6. Nedbalka Gallery in Bratislava
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The exhibition of this gallery provides a great overview of Slovak painting and sculpture in the 20th century. The artworks are arranged in chronological order and divided into different thematic groups so you can explore the Slovak art scene from the beginning of 20th century till today. All installed on four gallery floors in an impressive interior which has a structure like the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The space on the ground floor is dedicated to temporary exhibitions.
7. Orava Village Museum in Zuberec
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Located in the beautiful mountains of Western Tatras, Orava Village Museum shows how people in Slovakia lived in the past. Visitors can see more than 50 houses and other buildings of traditional architecture. You can enter all the houses and see how the interior looked like in the old times. In summer lots of fun events are held here and thanks to the beautiful nature and the surroundings you will feel like the time has stopped. It is a perfect place to slow down, breath the fresh mountain air and relax.
8. Bibiana International House of Art for Children in Bratislava
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The childhood memories of many locals are connected with this museum. The exhibitions of Bibiana are primarily focused on children and young generation but adults will enjoy their time here as well. Lots of experiments, interactive art objects, creative workshops, theater performances, and music shows make this museum really popular among people. Some of the exhibitions were even installed abroad for example in Rome or in Bologna. The museum itself is located in a beautiful old building just in front of St. Martin Cathedral.
9. Pre-war bunker B-S 4 in Bratislava
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If you want something different you should definitely visit this impressive fortification system built three years before Adolf Hitler began the WWII. You can explore the history of the fortification and see how was the everyday life in the bunker. Deep holes, massive concrete walls, original air cleaning system, special fortress weapon systems, storage rooms, uniforms and things soldiers used on an everyday basis. Very interesting are also the sleeping rooms, fortress bathroom, and offices. It is not easy to get to this museum since it is in the middle of nowhere but it is worth to make the trip.
10. Museum of Kitsch in Kremnica
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Imagine everything you consider ugly and tasteless in one building. Crazy home decorations, communist toys, erotic objects, stuffed animals, horrible paintings and things with no apparent purpose. You will definitely have a lot of fun in this museum. In the courtyard, there is an interesting collection of bronze nose sculptures of famous comedians. And there is a bonus – if you bring something ugly and useless you don’t have to pay the entrance.