Museum of Carpathian German Culture – Bratislava

c_karpatske_nem_1Museum of Carpathian German Culture (SNM – Múzeum kultúry karpatských Nemcov)
Žižkova Street 14 / Vajanského nábrežie 2, PO Box 13, 810 06 Bratislava 16, Slovakia
Phone: +421 2 544 15 570 / +421 2 204 91 225-8
Fax: +421 2 59207241 / E-mail: mkkn@snm.sk
Opening hours: Daily except Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission: 4:30 p.m.)

The museum is part of SNM (Slovak National Museum) and opened its doors on January 1, 1997 as a specialized museum on the life of Carpathian Germans through the ages. The Department of History & Culture of Carpathian Germans, an organization that was founded in 1994 (on August 1) had proceeded the museum as part of the Historical Museum Section of SNM.

The Museum of Carpathian German Culture (MCGC) is collecting, preserving, protecting, processing, and showcasing materials, articles, and artifacts that demonstrate the life and culture in all its varieties through the ages of Carpathian Germans and it is the museum’s mission to treat their culture and history objectively.

The museum has also branches located in Handlová and Nitrianske Pravno. The museum’s center for documentation & information has also specialized in documenting the culture and history of Carpathian Germans, though it’s basic purpose is the collection and preservation of Slovak and international periodicals and literature. The Museum of Carpathian German Culture is located in beautifully restored Bratislava and features the most comprehensive collection in this subject field in Slovakia.

The Museum of Carpathian German Culture is located in Sunyal’s maison on Žižkova Street, ib Brtislava. This originally tiny medieval single-room house was enlarged in the late 1490’s by adding a covered crossing. Later (mid 17th century), a court wing and a cellar were also added, and it was in these days that the house was named for one of the owners, Sunyal.

In the 1750’s, the house was remodeled in a sort of Baroque style, arches were added and it was extended with several court house buildings. In those days, the house was used as a famous hostelry named ‘To the Golden Angel’ (‘K zlatému anjelovi’). In the years 188 – 1830, the building was going through its empire era that resulted in an extension with a second floor. Later, the court wing of site remodeled into apartments, and the building’s complete restoration occurred late in the 20th century.

The museum features several permanent exhibitions, for example:

‘The History and Culture of Carpathian Germans’
The exhibition ‘History & Culture of Carpathian Germans’ offers great information about nearly 900 years of culture and history of several groups of Germans that lived in Slovakia. It features interesting documents and artifacts about the various regions of Slovakia were Carpathian Germans lived (Hauerland and Spiš in Central Slovakia, and the Bratislava area), and is highlighting these people’s contributions in the development of for example science, handcrafts, agriculture, and the mining industry.

A large part of the museum’s exhibition is dedicated to the school system that was developed by these communities, and many interesting artifacts provide great insights into the urban and rural life of the Carpathian Germans.

‘History and Culture of Handlová’
The exhibition ‘History & Culture of Handlová’ is providing lots of details about the material, artistic, and spiritual culture, and history of ethnic Germans that lived in Handlová. Numerous black-and-white and colored pictures and (reproductions of) colored postcards are depicting the history and development of Handlová through its very interesting almost 650-year history.

The exhibit is divided over two rooms. In the first room, visitors are shown the rich history of Handlová’s Carpathian Germans  and archaeological artifacts. Maps of various houses are demonstrating the division of the town into a section for crafts in Handlová’s town center, sections used for agricultural purposes, and a part for the mining industry, though those activities didn’t start until the early 1900’s.

The second room is showcasing various mining tools that were used in the town brown coal mining industry as well as architectural and technical jewels like Saint Catherine Church, today a dominant structure in Handlová. The exhibit also brings attention to the clothing of German women through the ages, and a nice piece is a costume from the town’s Grünwald choir from that period. The museum offers accompanying texts in both Slovak and German.

‘The History and Culture of Hauerland’
The exhibition ‘History & Culture of Hauerland’ is highlighting the history, traditions, and life of Carpathian Germans that lived in central Slovakia, in an area that we know as Hauerland, and the ethnic Germans that were living in Nitrianske Pravno and surrounding areas.

More information may be available from:

The Handlová House of Carpathian Germans Association
Poštová 350, 972 51 Handlová, Slovakia
Phone: +421 46 547 5174
Cell: +421 905 215228
Scheduled visitors only. Visits can be booked by phone at least 5 days in advance

The Nitrianske Pravno House of Carpathian Germans Association
Nám. SNP 159, 972 13 Nitrianske Pravno, Slovakia
Phone: +421 46 544 64 62
Cell: +421 910 676613 / +421 905 103193
Scheduled visitors only. Visits can be booked by phone at least 5 days in advance

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