Thousand and one nights – Bratislava museums and galleries

The annual event marking International Museum Day takes place on May 20 this year, and in the Slovak capital, the doors of many museums and galleries will stay open until midnight, offering a host of accompanying events, some of which do not require a knowledge of Slovak. A more detailed programme is incldued.

Night of Museums brings exhibits and expositions closer to people.  Night of Museums brings exhibits and expositions closer to people. (Source: TASR)

One of the events not requiring Slovak language skills is the performance in the Slovak National Gallery that will be the result of a two-day (May 18 and 19) workshop.

Some venues not usually accessible to visitors will invite them to join in on this special night.

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There will also be special transport around Bratislava arranged for that day, making the venues that lie further away more accessible– like the Sihoť waterworks’ garden, the B-S 4 Lány Bunker/fortress of the Czechoslovak Fortification Museum and the B-S Vrba Infantry Log Cabin. Also some new venues have joined the event, like the University Library and the Theatre Museum – in the Theatre Institute.

The biggest state institutions, the Slovak National Museum (coordinator for Bratislava and the Bratislava Region-SNM) with all its venues, the Bratislava City Museum (MMB), the Slovak National Gallery, the Slovak Design Centre, the Transport Museum-branch of the Slovak Technical Museum Košice (STM), as well as smaller museums (Museum of Trade, Museum of Railways, etc. and some other galleries (Umelka, Kunsthalle, private Nedbalka gallery) have been included on the list of participating institutions.

For a mere two euros paid at the first venue, visitors will be able to go to all the places, take part in workshops (the one at the SNG is in English), concerts, historical train rides (in the transport museum) and more. Also, there will be historical vehicles – buses, trams and trolleybuses, as well as a small tourist train Prešporáčik – offered by a local transport company and a private tourist agency shuttling in the city centre, connecting the selected venues.

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Most of the museums will be open until midnight – and the programme is concentrated more in the afternoon and evening hours – with some smaller, less visited ones closing around 22:30-23:00.

Programme: Night of Museums and Galleries in Bratislava


Kunsthalle Bratislava Námestie SNP 12
Open: 12:00 – 23:00 (last entry 22:30)
Exhibitions: Possibility of Preserving; Like at Home (Model Situation of Slovak Sculpture in the 20th and 21st Century); Oto Hudec. Archipelago
Programme: 21:00 Dance performance of the Human Art Space grouping at the exhibition of Oto Hudec – Archipelago, Kunsthalle LAB

Galéria Nedbalka / Nedbalka Gallery Nedbalova 17
Open: 13:00 – 23:00
Permanent exposition: Focused on the establishment and development of Slovak modern art.
Exhibition: Albín Brunovský. The Garden of Dreams
15:00 – 17:00 Staged musical acts. Create your own music to the pictures Partneri FPU and Waves Bratislava, programme for children
20:00 Try the technology of creating graphic art

Galéria UMELKA (Slovak Union of Visual Arts) Dostojevského rad 2
Contact:; +421 915 713 315
Open: 12:00 – 23:30 (last entry 23:00)
Exhibition: XXVI. Salon of the Society of Free Artists
21:00 The Atrapa Theatre. How to make a successful day (workshop for beginners), theatre performance, comedy

Slovenská národná galéria / Slovak National Gallery Esterházy Palace, Námestie Ľudovíta Štúra 4
Open: 10:00 – 24:00 (last entry 23:00)
Exhibitions: Nestex (Non-permanent Exposition of the SNG); Adamčiak, Begin! (Retrospective Exhibition of Intermedia Work by Milan Adamčiak); Sew Long! (Fashion in Slovakia 1945 – 1989)
16:00 – 22:00 Sound performance Graphophone: Tribute to Milan Adamčiak. Project of Zuzana Sabová (4D Gallery) and Boris Vitázek, made as accompaniment to the Adamčiak, Begin! Exhibition (Atrium)
17:00 – 00:00 Performance X-Event 2.6 (according to the Le Goût Protocols). A special activation of the famous Š X-Event 2.6 (according to the Le Goût Protocols) of the French experimental group Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) directed by Franck Apertet and based on visitors interaction (Esterházy Palace, opening to the 1st floor.)
18:00 – 20:00 Workshop for Adults: Trendy Appliqué. The Sew Long! Exhibition presents the domestic world of fashion 1945 – 1989 and the important role of appliqué. Booking: (2nd floor)
22:00 – 23:00 Night cinema: The Man Who Saved the Louvre. A profile of the head of Musées Nationaux, Jacques Jaujard, who saved the masterpieces of the Louvre from Nazi looting. (Berlinka SNG)
23:00 – 00:00 The Point. Musical Finale - DJ set MtotheG (ajlavmjuzik). (Berlinka SNG)

The Quo Vadis House Hurbanovo námestie, near the Trinity Church (i.e. the Church of Saint John of Matha and Saint Felix of Valois)
Open: 15:00 – 22:00
15:00 - 22:00 Exhibition of works of the Primary Art School of St Cecille
18:00 Concert, Music by Daniel Georgiev electric violin with loop, Project: F(R)EE (solo performance)

Satelit, design gallery of the Slovak Design Centre Hurban Barracks, Kollárovo námestie 10
Contact: Helena Veličová; +421 918 110 247;
Open 13:00 – 23:00 (last entry 22:45 )
Exhibition: Richard Seneši. material basic

University Library in Bratislava Exhibition Hall of the library, Michalská 1
Open: 13:00 – 23:00 (last entry 22:30)
Exhibition: Zuzana Graus Rudavská. Secrets of the Earth. Object, Painting, Jewellery.
18:00 and 20:00 Artists (who lived in the USA for years) lecture on the exhibition


Theatre Institute, Museum of the Theatre Institute Jakubovo námestie 12
Open: 15:00 – 22:00
Exhibition: ASTORKA Korzo 90 as the home stage of the theatre personalities: Zita Furková and Zuzana Kronerova
15.00 Screening of the stageings of ASTORKA Korzo ´90 theatre, cameos of Zuzana Kronerová and Zita Furková as actresses
21:00 Little Women, theatre performance

Slovak Railroad Museum and Documentation Center Dopravná 2
Contact: +421 911 425 451;;
Železničné múzeum Bratislava východ / Bratislava-East Railroad Museum
Open 11:00 – 20:00
Special diesel train with Bardotka diesel locomotive
Special historical diesel trains on Bratislava’s junctions
Special evening motor train to Petržalka and the main train station
Guided tours of the museum
Rides on motor trolleys and the engine-driver's footplate
Viewing of module tracks and model tracks in a postal train car
Children’s play area

Slovak Technical Museum (STM) – Museum of Transport Šancová 1/a
Open: 10:00 – 23:00 (last entry 22:30)
Permanent exposition: Exposition of automobile and rail transportation, individual tour
Exhibitions: The Igráček Phenomenon;Design in Motion; Volkswagen Slovakia – Travel with Us in Time 1991 – 2017
Tugboat Šturec. Commented lecture on the teaser – Shipping Museum
16:00 – 21:00 A diesel train ride

Museum of the History of the City, Old Town-hall, Radničná 1
11:00 – 23:30 (last entry 23:00)
Exhibition Hall
The Century of Feiglers. The Story of Bratislava Architects, Builders and Construction Entrepreneurs. The basement of the Museum of the City History
Barbarism of Torture. Exhibition of Torture Instruments from the 16th – 18th century
Faustova sieň / Faust's Hall
10.00 – 22.00 Please Step On – 90 years of bus transport in Bratislava. Enjoy the atmosphere on a historical vehicle. Bratislava Transportation Company, Inc., in cooperation with MMB
22.00 Commemorative concert dedicated to Ján Batka (1845 – 1917), The Ladies Ensemble

Múzeum vinohradníctva / Museum of Viticulture, Apponyi House, Radničná 1
11:00 – 23:30 (last entry 23:00)
Wine tasting in cooperation with the Slovak National Wine Salon, ongoing

Múzeum historických interiérov / Historical Interiors Museum, Apponyi House, Radničná 1
11:00 – 23:30 (last entry 23:00),

Múzeum hodín / Museum of Clocks, House at the Good Shepard’s, Židovská 2
11:00 – 23:30 (last entry 23:00)

Múzeum zbraní / Museum of Arms, Michael’s Tower, Michalská 22
11:00 – 23:30 (last entry 23:00)

Múzeum farmácie / Museum of Pharmacy, Red Crayfish Pharmacy, Michalská 26
11:00 – 23:30 (last entry 23:00)

Múzeum Arthura Fleischmanna / Arthur Fleischmann Museum, Biela 6
11:00 – 23:30 (last entry 23:00)

Múzeum Johanna Nepomuka Hummela / Johann Nepomuk Hummel Museum, Klobučnícka 2
11:00 – 23:30 (last entry 23:00)

Hrad Devín / Devín Castle Muránska 10, Bratislava-Devín
10:00 – 20:00 (last entry 19:30)
Devín in Ancient Times, exhibition hall in the middle of the courtyard
Devín Castle in the 13th - 20th

Ancient Gerulata Gerulatská 7, Bratislava-Rusovce
Centuries, recently opened exposition in the cave of the castle rock
10:00 – 20:00 (last entry 19:30)

Múzeum Obchodu Bratislava / Museum of Trade Bratislava Linzbothova 16
Contact:; +421 2 452 43 167;
Open: 14:00 – 23:00 (last entry)
15:00 – 17:00 Tour of the historical inn, museum brewery, led by the brewer of the museum brewery
16:00 Obchod na Korze / The Shop on Main Street Film screening
18:00 Concert of contemporary Polish blues POLISH BLUES SHOW IV. Boogie Boys; Makar & The Children of The Corn; Krzysztof Gluch Oscillate

Múzeum školstva a pedagogiky / Museum of Education and Pedagogy, Hálova 16
Contact: +421 917 693 235;
Open: 15:00 – 24:00 (last entry 23:30)
Exhibition: The most interesting items from the museum's collections.

Bunker B-S 4 Lány Múzeum petržalského opevnenia / The B-S 4 Lány Bunker Czechoslovak Fortification Museum Viedenská cesta, Berg border crossing
Contact: +421 904 972 254;
Open: 11:00 – 23:00, entry every half an hour (last entry22:30)
The B-S 4 Lány fortress reconstructed to the original state of the year 1938, with guided tour in historical uniforms. Exhibition of firearms from the World-War-II period, anti-tank barriers and drenches with wooden-clay fortification.
11:00 – 23:00 Commented tours of the interior and exterior of the fortress (45 minutes)
15:00 and 20:00 Demonstration of Shooting from Original Firearms of the Fortress

Bunker B-S 6 Vrba / B-S Vrba Infantry Log Cabin Between the Bratská Street and D2 highway, Bratislava, Petržalka
Open: 15:00 – 24:00
A taste of the history of WWI fortification of Petržalka and the B-S 6 Vrba Infantry Log Cabin which is among the five oldest military constructions of Petržalka. Visitors will be transported in time to the period of the first Czechoslovak Republic (1918 – 1939). Guides dressed in historical uniforms will lead them around the exposition to the period music. Outdoors, the displays of the weapons and equipment of a soldier of the 1st Czechoslovak Republic, the German Wehrmacht, full machine-gun housing, equipment model 97, including bullet-proof vests with steel plates and arms. Tasting of genuine military stew and other snacks.

Prírodovedné múzeum / Museum of Natural History, Vajanského nábrežie 2
Contact (exhibition):;
Open: 9:00 – 24:00 (last entry 23:00)
Exhibitions: Civilised Housing. Jan Vaněk; The Contemporary Japanese Design / 100; The Ice Age Giants
17:00 – 20:00 Writing as art. Calligraphic Workshop accompanying The Contemporary Japanese Design / 100 exhibition.
15:00 – 19:00 What Will Remain after Us... Human Skeletons and Mummies. Anthropology Depository (every 30 – 45 minutes, order numbers from 4:30 to 18:00) 4th floor
15:00 – 23:00 History of Mineral Raw Materials Mining in the Small Carpathians. 2nd floor
15:00 – 18:30 How to Make a Copy of a Fossil? Creative workshops for children 19:00 – 23:00 Let Us Look at Them Close. The manifold world of fossilised organisms. 2nd floor.
14:00 – 23:00 The Earth – Space Body, Laws of Light, Gravity, watching the Sun activities with a telescope

Archeologické múzeum / Archeological Museum, Žižkova 12
Open: 9:00 – 24:00 (last entry 23:00) Exhibitions: Marcus Aurelius Column and Slovakia Lapidary Departmental Collection of the Evangelical Lyceum in Bratislava LATERARIUS – The History of Brickmaking in Slovakia The (Hussite) Brethren in Slovakia and Belo Polla (100 Years Since the Birth of Founder of Medieval Archaeology) Programme: Medieval Workshops Children Draw Prehistoric Era Young Archaeologists Duels of Slavonic Fighters

Hudobné múzeum / Music Museum
Brämerova kúria / Brämer Manor House, Žižkova 18
Contact: +421 918 906 787, +421 2 204 91 281;
Open: 15:00 – 22:00 (last entry 21:30)
Exhibition: Dobroslav Orel – Czech-o-Slovak Musicologist

Historické múzeum / Museum of History, Bratislavský hrad / Bratislava Castle
Contact: +421 915 993 301 (03);
Open: 10:00 – 24:00 (last entry 23:00)
Expositions and exhibitions: History of Slovakia, from Prehistory to Great Moravia; Celts from Bratislava; Renovation of the Bratislava Castle; Bratislava Castle on the Prints from the Collection of the SNM; The Picture Gallery of Bratislava Castle; From a Guild Chest
Programme for children:
Exhibition of children's drawings of the Private Primary Art School Pablo in Trnava 11:30 – 13:30, 15:30 – 17:30 and 19:30 – 21:30 We Paint Celtic Coins. Creative workshops with Restorers
Additional programme:
From the Museum Backstage. Visitors – after advance booking – can see, at selected times and in limited numbers, open depositories of the SNM-Museum of History.

Múzeum kultúry Maďarov na Slovensku / Museum of Hungarian Culture in Slovakia Žižkova 18
Open: 10:00 – 24:00 (last entry 23:30)
Exposition: Hungarian Traditions and Values in Slovakia
Exhibitions: Exchanged Homes; My dear, valued friend! The Literary Friendship of János Arany and Imre Madách
Concert in the courtyard of the Brämer manor house
18:00 Erik Turtev. Ancient Hungarian music instruments – workshop with a concert
19:00 Attól Függ, musical poetry
20:00 The Butchers, blues rock

Múzeum kultúry karpatských Nemcov / Museum of Carpathian German Culture, Žižkova 14 (entrance from the Žižkova Street No. 16)
Contact: +421 2 544 15 570;
Open: 10:00 – 24:00 (last entry 23:00)
Exhibition: Metamorphoses of Zuckermandel

Múzeum židovskej kultúry / Museum of Jewish Culture Zsigray Manor House, Židovská 17
Contact: +421 2 204 90 101
Open: 15:00 – 22:00 (last entry 21:45)
Programme (1st floor):
15:00 – 17:00 Jewish holidays, habits and traditions
15:00 – 17:00 The cycle of life of a Jewish family
18:30 – 20:00 Pavol Mešťan: Founding the Museum of Jewish Culture (a personality of museology) 20:00 – 22:00 Jewish holidays, habits and traditions
20:00 – 22:00 The cycle of life of a Jewish family
Programme (2nd floor):
16:00 – 17:00 To Live on the Death Journey (Žiť na ceste smrti), screening of a documentary; script-writer and director Oľga Pohanková. The testimony of Edita Grosmanová who survived more than three years in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
17:30 – 19:00 Eugen Barkány – personality of the museology
20:00 – 21:00 Jews and sport

Múzeum kultúry Chorvátov na Slovensku / Museum of Croatian Culture in Slovakia, Istrijská 68, Bratislava–Devínska Nová Ves
Contact:; +421 2 204 931 01 – 03; +421 915 807 494
Open: 12:00 – 22:00 (last entry 21:30)
Expositions: History and Culture of Croatians in Slovakia; History and Culture of Croatians in Devínska Nová Ves
Exhibition: Ethnographer Antonín Václavík (1891 – 1959)

Stredoeurópsky dom fotografie / Central European House of Photography, Prepoštská 4
Contact: +421 918 619 077;
Open: 12:00 – 23:00 (last entry 22:30)
- Martin Martinček Gallery (1st floor)
- Ivo Karásek. Cesty – 24 zastavení (Journeys – 24 Stops). The cycle was made within the Late Light project, and is part of the permanent exhibition in the Sanco nursing home in Prostějov.
- PROFIL Gallery (2nd floor)
- Jasna Jernejšek. Iné svety (Other Worlds). Photographs of young artists from former Yugoslavia: Lana Bregar | Jaka Bulc | Dejan Clement | Mia Ćuk | Vedad Divović | Ibro Hasanović | Sanja Knežević Jovanović | Andrea Palašti | Tina Umer
Accompanying event: Exchange of photographic publications

Galéria ÚĽUV / Gallery of the Center for Folk Art Production Obchodná 64
Contact: + 421 2 527 313 49; + 421 908 795 068;;;
Open: 15:00 – 22:00
Exhibition: Rings on the Water 2016, the 9th year of design competition
18.30 – 21.00 Demonstrations of the folk crafts and arts: techniques of braided Easter eggs, making jewels from wire (Anna Valterová) and textile techniques of pleating (Zuzana Tajek Piešová)

Vodárenské múzeum BVS / BVS (Bratislava Water Company) Waterworks Museum, Devínska cesta 1, Bratislava
Contact: +421 2 602 01 915;;
Open: 15:00 – 22:00 mUSEUM
6:00 – 22:00 Water-company garden in the premises of the museum
15:00 – 19:00 The Sihoť river island – unique water source for Bratislava and its surroundings. The 1st water-management well from 1886, electric drawing station and the tunnel und Karlova Ves river branch are accessible. Expert lecture during the whole day.
15:00 – 22:00 Exposition of Bratislava water management and current exhibitions

Volkswagen Slovakia J. Jonáša 1, entry through the main gate
Contact: +421 2 696 46 964;;
Open: 15:00 – 20:00 (last entry 19:00)
Exhibition: Models of cars produced in VW SK; Activities for children; Programme (from the age of 12); Tour of the plant; Off-road Parcours; Electric drive

Primaciálny palác / Primate's Palace, Primaciálne námestie 3,
Open: 15:00 – 23:00 (last entry 22:00)
15:00 Tour of the Primate's Palace in English language

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