This is not my description of the Slovak National Gallery. I think this description, ( which was the opinion of our guide ) is inaccurate and a little unfair. Certainly, the front of the building as seen from the riverside is a monument to ugliness in its worst form but that is not the whole story. The photo shows this fairly gross communist architectural feat but behind that is a nice grassed courtyard and the bulk of the gallery which is housed in a converted naval barracks and a former palace. Most of the interesting works of art are in this Esterhazyo Palace and its interior bears absolutely no resemblance to the unfortunate exterior.
It's a welll-presented gallery with permanent collections of Slovakian and European art and a varied programme of events and current exhibitions. At the moment these include 'Flying Dutchmen" and a retrospective of the work of Ales Votava, a well-known Slovakian stage designer and artist, now unfortunately deceased.
What impressed me most about the Slovak National Gallery is that they charge no admission fee to students of art, culture, history of art etc. Maybe other European galleries could learn from this.
Admission is SKK 80 for adults and SKK 40 for students and anybody else who can claim a concession.Opening hours are from 10.00am - 6.00 pm daily, except Mondays.
Down by the Danube, you'll find the Slovak National Museum. The stone pillar outside is capped with a statue of a lion and inside the museum you'll find all kinds of archeological and zoological exhibits. This isn't really the type of museum that interests me, so I didn't visit. However, I have since read that there are also small exhibits on Slovak art as well as inventions, which might be interesting.
Open Tuesday - Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
Bratislava has some interesting Museums. One of them is the Slovak National Museum, with naturalist expositions. The Slovak National Gallery, with Slovak Gothic and Baroque art. The Museum of Jewish Culture, with valuable fragments of a vanished population. And the Museum of Archeology, among others.
In front of the Slovak National Gallery you can find a monument remembering the date when the Cechoslovakian republik was founded. The federation of Slovaks and Czechs lasted until 1993, when both countries peacefully agreed to divide the federation. Two new European nations were born: the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Currently Bratislava is the biggest city in the Republic, with more than 450,000 inhabitants, and the cultural, economical and political capital of the country. The Slovak Nationalist movement was founded in the 19th century, Ludovit Stur, the codifier of Stantard Slovak played a key role in the movement for Slovak National Freedom. The current name of Bratislava was introduced in 1919.
This huge museum features the usual Natural History, Zoological and archaeological exhibitions. However, there are also some interesting art and photo expositions, and an excellent exhibit about Slovak Inventors.
Open All Year:
Tuesday - Sunday: 0900 - 1700 (closed Monday)
The Slovenské Národné Múzeum or the Slovakian National Museum, established in 1918 is situated close to the banks of the river Danube.