Podtatranské Museum, Poprad

Podtatranské múzeum, Poprad
Contact: Dr Magdaléna Bekessová (f) Director
Vajanského 72/4, 058 01 Poprad, Slovakia
421 (0) 52 772 1924, 421 (0) 52 772 1874
421 (0) 52 772 1868
9am-4pm Tue-Sun, closed Mon

Podtatranské Museum, Poprad originated in 1876 as an initiative of the Hungarian Carpathian Society, but due to disagreements over location, two museums – the Tatran Museum in Veľká (1882) and the Carpathian Museum in Poprad (1886) – were initially established. In 1945 these two museums were joined to form the Tatran Museum of Poprad, which acquired its present name in 1961. In 1978 the museum acquired a satellite building in Spišská Sobota, which today serves as an exhibition space.

The museum includes a number of themed exhibitions. The exhibition ‘Gánovce - the Environment of the Neanderthal Man’ presents the life of this region below the High Tatras 120,000 years ago. ‘The Prehistoric and Early Middle Ages below the High Tatras’ provides the most likely picture of historical evolution from 10,000 years ago until the medieval period. ‘Poprad through Centuries’ introduces the rich history of the town of Poprad and its immediate surroundings from the mid 13th century until the beginning of the 20th century; in addition to the historical evolution and economic development of the town it covers the history of the Hungarian Carpathian Society and the Tatran and Carpathian museums which merged to form today's Podtatranské Museum. ‘Nature Both Known and Unknown’ presents the nature of the sub-Tatran region and consists of three unitary parts: anorganic, bothanical and zoological. And ‘Blue Printing at Elemír Montštek's Worshop in Hranovnica displays methods of manufacturing and use of blue-printing in clothing and interior work. Additional exhibitions are presented at the branch exhibition hall in Spišská Sobota-Poprad: