Open depository

Basic information


  • Project Grant Approved: 999 357 €

Information in a nutshell

The need to keep records of the impact of the Slovak national uprising on the development in Slovakia after WW2 and, above all, to keep the documentation about active part of Slovaks in the fight against fascism and documents about suffering, victims and losses of the humankind caused by Nazism during the years of WW2 led to establishment of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) Museum in 1955. A turning point in the activity of the SNP Museum was its relocation, in 1969, to an architecturally imposing building of the Slovak National Uprising Memorial, where its museum, research and development, expositions, exhibitions as well as cultural and educational activities received new possibilities for development. The design was prepared by renown Slovak architect Dušan Kuzma. The building is symbolically split into two parts connected by a bridge with the eternal flame burning underneath in the hall of reverence at the unknown soldier’s tomb.. The structure is situated in the south-eastern part of the historical centre of Banská Bystrica. The SNP Museum also provides, as part of its scope of activities, professional and methodological and consultancy services to other museums in Slovakia, professional and methodological and consultancy services to history teachers at primary and secondary schools and university students. It also provides its expert services to abroad, material basis for the study and preparation of expositions and exhibitions.

Project description

The aim of the project is to make the collection of the museum available to the public, in a unique more attractive form, with new construction and technological design. Museum objects will not only be displayed in showcases but their story will be told through new technologies. In addition to the opportunity to see hitherto hidden objects, visitors will be able to watch the work of conservators through the large window walls. A study depository will be created for the professional public, in which education will also take place through the collection of subjects focused on forms of modern extremism, racism, and social intolerance. The expansion of the services offered to the public will thus increase the number of visitors to the national cultural monument. Together with the Norwegian partner The Narvik War and Peace Center, numerous professional events dedicated to museum activities will take place. During the time of the project realization, a unique place will be created connecting the basic needs of the museum in the protection and management of museum collections, as well as the needs of the general public to learn more about its history.