Bratislava City Museum

Bratislava, Slovakia

The Bratislava City Museum was established in 1868. Its headquarters are located in the Old Town, near the Main Square at the Old Town Hall. The museum documents the history of Bratislava from the earliest periods until the 20th century. The Bratislava City Museum is the oldest museum in continuous operation in Slovakia.

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Thái Nguyễn (2 months ago)
A very good place with good view of Bratislava. The staffs are super nice. Highly recommended!
Ben Howard (3 months ago)
First part of the museum was okay. The section about the torture was very interesting though. Ps. 5 Euro for adults, 2,50 Euro for student.
Denisa Ungureanu (Jiinxii) (3 months ago)
Great place to learn a bit about Bratislava. There was so much I didn’t know about it (such as it having a different name in the past!). Besides you can go upstairs and take some awesome pictures- the view is perfect!
Bistra Kunovska (7 months ago)
Interesting expositions of which much is learned about the history of Slovakia. Friendly staff and many innovative storytelling techniques. I'm impressed!
macedonboy (11 months ago)
The big museum of Bratislava is housed in the old town hall of the city. Mostly it covers local history and the development of the city of the city from I think medieval times to present with lots of exhibits and english descriptions. The museum has a pretty eclectic collection covering religion, Moravian lives, civic life, the library and archives of the city, Slovakian industry and there’s also a museum of torture. One of the best bits of the visit is the climb up the tower where you can get great views of the main square below and Bratislava Castle. I thought the highlight of the museum was the beautiful courthouse and its Baroque decorated interiors. Definitely worth a visit.
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