Central - Slovakian Museum Banska Bystrica





Thurzo house
Namestie SNP 4, 974 00 Banska Bystrica

Phone: +421 48 412 58 97, +421 48 412 58 96
Fax: +421 48 415 50 77

Tihanyi's manor house in Radvan, Natural-scientific exhibition
Radvanska 27, 974 00 Banska Bystrica
Tel: +421 48 410 33 76, +421 48 413 19 94
Accommodation in Banska Bystrica

Opening Hours:

Social-Scientific exhibition - Thurzo's house:
Mo-Fr,Su 9.00 - 17.00
15th Juni-15th September: Mo-Fr,Su 9.00 - 17.00, Sa 9.00 - 13.00

Natural-scientific exhibition - Tihanyi's manor house:
Mo-Fr     8.00 - 16.00
Su         9.00 - 16.00


Thurzo HouseThe museum was founded by the burgenses in 1889, That is the oldest continous cultural facility in town. The first exhibition was opened in 1909. The present historic exhibition is located in the museum’s building at SNP square since 1958. From year 1989 the exhibition The Nature of Central Slovakia is located in the Tihanyi Castle in the ward Radvan.

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Thurzo house

Social studies exhibition Thurzo House

Thurzo HouseThe social science exposition of the Museum of Central Slovakia in Banska Bystrica is situated in one of the most beautiful and most typical houses of the historic heart of the town in the Square of the Slovak National Uprising. The original gothic houses, the so-called "Mittelhaus", were at the turn of the 15th and 16th century acquired by the Thurzo family, an entrepreneur family of great importance, who, together with the Fugger family, bankers from Augsburg, created die Thurzo-Fugger copper company. This production and business enterprise was supplying with me copper from Banska Bystrica me markets all over Europe. The house was reconstructed into its present day form in the second half of the 16th century, when many elements inspired by the Italian Renaissance appeared on the front of the building (e.g. the sgraffito on the facade). After a monument reconstruction of the building damaged by ravages of time and the events of WWII, the social science exposition focusing on the historic changes of me region of Banska Bystrica from the oldest times of the stone age on, through the Middle Ages to the modem age till the beginnings of me 20s' century was opened in the building in 1958. In 12 rooms the museum offers to the public rich amounts of archeological exhibits, medieval arms, coins and copies of historic documents. A special place is devoted to gothic art, the mining, guilds, crafts and manufactures. A substantial part of the second floor is a display of bourgeois furniture and ethnographic material. Special attention should be paid to the so-called Green Hall (Zelena sien) with a preserved part of fresco embellishment from me second half of the 15th century, to the wooden joist ceiling from the end of the 15th century and to the renaissance lunette vaulting with the stucco embellishment.



Tihanyi's manor house

The Central Slovakian Nature Banska Bystrica-Radvan, The Tihanyi Castle

Tihanyiovsky kastielTihanyiovsky kastielThe natural historical exposition of the Museum, of Central Slovakia is situated in the Tihanyi Castle in Banska Bystrica-Radvan. The Tihanyi Castle, named after the original owners, was originally a ground level building of the Renaissance style built in the first half of 17th century. The remnants of this original building conserved itself in the north-western part of the building. In 1819 the building was for the last time extensively reconstructed and became a Classicistic style house and the next modifications resulted in me Neo-Renaissance expression, in 1972 it was decreed the Ancient Cultural Monument and in 1989, after die complex reconstruction of the monument, it was conveyed to the Museum of Central Slovakia. Tihanyiovsky kastielTihanyiovsky kastielThe natural historical exposition affords a rounded-off image of the Central Slovakian natural situation. It is divided into 8 parts presenting the countryside of this region. There are typical illustrations of the natural systems with the sketches of the ecological relations among the elements of nature presented in each part. The information about the conservation of nature and environment complete the problems of nature. The audio-visual halt, in which special natural historical programmes and other recent reports are presented, is linked up to the exposition. There are separate exhibitions installed in the two ground-floor rooms.




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