Museums, Zemplín Museum
Zemplín Museum in Michalovce was founded in 1957 as Zemplín Geographical Museum, and it has had its present-day name since 1965. The collection and expositions of the museum are located in the premises of the baroque-classicistic castle of aristocrats from the village of Staré and Michalovce. The castle was built in the 17th century by a reconstruction of an older castle. The last reconstruction was carried out in the 1830s, when the castle was rebuilt to its present-day shape. Zemplín Museum documents animate and inanimate nature, overall cultural, historical and economical development of the region of Zemplín. The collections and expositions are located in the castle building. The castle, the former adjacent authority and household buildings, as well as reconstructed foundations of an important sacral building - rotunda, located in the museum premises are part of the cultural heritage.
September / May – Tuesday - Sunday – 8.00 – 15.30
June / August – Monday - Saturday – 9.00 – 17.00
Sunday – 14.00 – 17.00
Geographical exposition documents ecological bird and mammal speciesin the region of Zemplín. The exhibits representing the particular groups are arranged in the exposition according to the characteristics of biotopes they live in (ponds, water reservoirs, marshlands, meadows, rivers and streams, quarries, human settlements, forests). Among the most remarkable exhibits belong cranes, buzzards and carpathian deers. There is 247 bird species and 46 mammal species exposed in the exposition. The exposition is revived by recorded voices of some of the animals.
Archaeological exposition presents chronoligically prehistoric and early medieval development of the region of Zemplín. Antrophomorphic and zoomorphic neolithic plastic arts, a set of golden ornaments from eneolite period (the oldest evidence of gold-processing in the territory of Slovakia) and copper tools, weapons, jewellery and pottery from latency period belong to the most precious exhibits. An amphora from the Bronze Age with the oldest illustration of a two-wheeler in Central Europe is the particularly valuable and unique exhibit. The exposition exhibits the most valuable objects of the archaelogical collection, which includes over 40000 pieces.
Exposition of historical arts is situated in the late Renaissance building, in so called Old Castle. Fine art and handcrafts works, coming from Roman period to present-days, are installed in the exposition. Gothic Pieta, Renaissance and Baroque sculptures of Saints, as well as a collection of icons and liturgical objects stand out among the exhibits. Oil paintings by T. J. Mousson, the French painter living in Michalovce from 1911 to 1944, belong to the most important exhibits.
Ethnographic exposition documents vanished and vanishing folk crafts of peasants. The exposition is divided into separate parts - smithery, viniculture, fishery, pottery, woodwork, textile production. Remarkable is a collection of the products documenting the development of the Pozdišovce Pottery. The exhibits documenting the development of weaving techniques in the region of Zemplín are also very valuable.
Historical exposition. The historical exposition presents mainly the exhibits documenting the atmosphere of aristocratic and rich noble interiors from the end of 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century (literature of that time, antique furniture, arms, portraits, smaller interior accessories and so on).
Literary Museum of P. Horova
The exposition was open to public in 1987 and it is located in the building of a former primary school in the village of Bánovce nad Ondavou. It documents the life of the poet Pavol Horov, his literary works and activities in the region of Zemplín. The second part of the exhibition is dedicated to Pavol Horov’s natives and their literary works.
056 -88 3411
Literary Museum of Pavol Horov
Guitar Museum in Sobrance
A town museum, located just 200 metres off the town centre, close to the Orthodox Church. It is the only Guitar Museum in Europe and the second in the world. The other one is in American city of Nashville. The visitors can see almost complete collection (about 120 guitars) of the electric guitars from 1947 to 1980. The most precious exhibit is the Czech guitar Gracioso, on which George Harisson started his career, there are also some valuable guitars granted to the museum by Petr Janda from the Czech band Olympic, Maťo Ďurinda from the Slovak band Tublatanka and by other celebrities from the Slovak musical showbusiness. Extensive picture exhibits form part of the exhibition. The complete documentation of the birth, development and different stages of the legendary band The Beatles, with the instructions telling us about the guitars that the quartet used in the times of their greatest fame, is worth seeing. The activities of the museum are interrelated with a ceramic worshop, where the visitors can get a direct contact with clay and its formation.
Gorkého 7, 073 01 Sobrance
056 - 652 3356
13.00 – 17.00 , Besides Mondays and Saturdays
Admission: 20 Sk, discounts for groups and advance orders.
Museum of National History Trebišov
Patriotic Museum was established in 1954 in Sečovce, and since 1981 it has been operating in Trebišov. The museum collects and shows the documents about the development of the Trebišov District, specializing in the history of agriculture and Tokay viniculture in the east of Slovakia. It is located in the castle built in 1786 by Earl I. Csáky in the Baroque-classicistic style, on the remainders of the Castle of Parič.
March / September – Monday - Friday: 7.30 – 15.00
Sunday: 14.00 – 17.00
October / September – Monday - Friday – 7.30 – 15.30