Horehronie Museum, Brezno

Horehronské múzeum, Brezno
Contact: Ján Weiss Director
Meštiansky dom, Námestie M. R. Štefánika 55/47, 977 01 Brezno, Slovakia
Mailing address: 
Námestie M. R. Štefánika 55/47, 977 01 Brezno, Slovakia
421 (0) 48 611 2453, 421 (0) 48 611 2283
421 (0) 48 611 4633
8am-4pm Mon-Fri, closed Sat-Sun

The Horehronie Museum was set up as a homeland museum of the then Brezno District in 1960. Since 1965 it has acquired the status of a regional museum with special orientation to local history. The museum is housed in two buildings – the former Town Hall, a 16th-century building of Renaissance design which acquired its present Late Baroque appearance in 1779-1780, and a renovated burgher house dating from the end of the 16th century; both buildings are National Cultural Monuments.

At the Town Hall the Horehronie Museum presents a permanent exhibition entitled ‘The Life and Culture of the People in Horehronie’ which opened in 1980 and presents in seven sections the basic expressions of material culture in the Upper Hron valley, including settlement patterns, agriculture, wood cutting, fibre processing, architecture, dwellings, costumes and fine art.

The 16th-century burgher house is the seat of a permanent exhibition entitled ‘Brezno in the Changing of Time’ which illustrates the origin and development of the town down to the year 1918. One of the most interesting attractions is the ‘Treasure of Brezno’, which dates back from the Late Bronze Age and was discovered in 1882. Parts of the treasure are on display.