Slovak National Gallery Bratislava, Slovakia

In its foundation deed, the Slovak National Gallery (SNG) is defined as the supreme and central gallery institution of Slovakia.

Its activities and the extent of its collections contribute to the fulfilment of this requirement in the spirit of the conceptions for the building and management of the SNG. The SNG can be comprehended as a gallery institution creating collections which fulfil the expectations of the expert and general public; its role is to develop as the national art historical institution and, at the same time, to collect, preserve and interpret works of art at home and abroad.

We would like to present the Slovak National Gallery as an open institution built and operating on fundamental museum standards, which are not only maintained, but also renewed and advanced. A gallery should not only be the source of significant impulses of quality curator projects and their presentations, but also the site of discussions and interpretation platforms and eventually even the guarantor of artistic and creative values. In practice, this means an ambitious and legible dramaturgy of individual research, acquisition, exhibition and publication projects, without narrowing their conceptual, thematic and stylistic offers, modifying the mission of the SNG or devaluing or inflating new, old, domestic and international art.

Slovak National Gallery, besides its premises in Bratislava, consists of a network of four detached gallery facilities: Castle in Zvolen, Mansion of Strážky in Spišská Belá, Ľudovít Fulla Gallery in Ružomberok and Gallery of Naïve Art in Pezinok-Cajla.

The Slovak National Gallery (Slovak: Slovenská národná galéria, abbreviated SNG) is a network of galleries in Slovakia. It has its headquarters in Bratislava.

The gallery was established by law on 29 July 1949. In Bratislava, it has its displays situated in Esterházy Palace (Esterházyho palác) and the Water Barracks (Vodné kasárne) which are adjacent to each other. The Esterházy Palace was reconstructed for the purposes of the gallery in the 1950s and a modern extension was added in the 1970s.

Modern extension of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava from years 1969-1977
The SNG also manages other galleries outside Bratislava: at the Zvolen Castle in Zvolen, at the Strážky mansion in Spišská Belá, in Ružomberok and in Pezinok. The Mourning portrait of K. Horvath-Stansith is considered one of the most significant acquisitions of the Baroque art collections.

Mansion of Strážky in Spišská Belá

The SNG acquired this building into its administration by transfer after the death of baroness Margita Czóbel in 1972. The SNG accomplished its reconstruction and the revitalization of the English park from the 19th century, where it is installed an exposition of sculptures now. There are permanent expositions presented in the castle exhibition rooms and concerts or theater performances take place there as well as educational programmes. Permanent expositions are focused mainly on the art works of Ladislav Mednyánsky, on the portrait art works os Spiš Region and on both the historic furniture and collections of the historical library.
Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(last entry at 5:00 p.m.)

Winter Season (16 September to 14 June)
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Last entry at 4.00 p.m.)

Administrator: Mária Šelepová
Tel.: 00-421-52-45 81 312