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Starozámocká 12, 969 01 Banská Štiavnica
N – 48°27´33,50"
E – 18°53´28,40"


staryzamok@muzeumbs.sk, +421 45 6949472

Guided tour: in foreign language - extra fee 15,00 €


A.variant: Pipe-making workshop, Calvary in asylum, Archeological exhibit, Knights hall, Armory and shoooting targets exhibition. Entrance: 10 AM, 12 AM, 2 PM, 4PM (1.May-30.September)
B. variant:Knights hall, Archeological exhibit, Armory and shoooting targets exhibition, Uncommon stories od common things-exhibition. Entrance 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM (1.May-30.September)

Ossuary-St. Michael's funeral chapel, Himmelreich-torture chamber, jail, capitain's room, Castle Well, Lapidary-stone museum, Exhibition of baroque sculptures, Sacristy-exhibition of Gothic altar made by Master MS (1506), North Tower-exhibition of the art of Blacksmiths, Bell Tower-exhibition of historic clocks. Entrance 9AM-5PM (1.May-30.September)


Archaeological exhibition.

The permanent exhibition documents the oldies settlement in region of Banská Štiavnica. In the first room can be found the original findings from the former Municipal Museum collection, that were collected by V. Baker, the first custodian of the museum. The second room is dedicated to the findings from the known localities as the Old town - Glanzenberg the historical centre of Banská Štiavnica and Sitno hill and his surroundings.

The most remarkable finding is the treasure containing bronze jewels, parts of clothes and tools from Sitno and Holík hills from 900 BC.


Shooting targets and historical weapons – armory.

The shooting fraternity arose in Banská Štiavnica in the period of Turkish expansion around 1547. The citizens and miners were learning to shoot the wooden targets. After the end of Turkish wars the marksmanship became very popular. The exhibited targets are from the 18th and 19th century. The authors were naive painters from Banská Štiavnica, the orders were from the personages of the town, members of the shooting fraternity – mining clerks, mine owners, merchants, craftsmen but imperial visits, too.

The permanent exhibition is completed by historical weapons as target-rifles, lances, powder flasks, magazines, cannon balls, bullets and arrows.

Pipe workshop.

One of the oldest pipe workshop in Banská Štiavnica was the one from the beginning of 19th century owned by Benedict and Benjamin Anhert. Another important pipe workshop owned by the Hönig family was from the 1st quarter of 19th century.

Karol Zachar owned one of the most famous pipe workshop. Karol Zachar (1852-1925) became independent around the 1870s. His nephew Rudolf Môcik (1890-1969) took over the pipe workshop without the change of name in 1925. He continued to run the workshop until 1959 when it was closed. This was the last pipe workshop in Slovakia.

Pipes of Banská Štiavnica were made of quality clay that could be found in surrounding hills (Ostrá Lúka, Beľuj, Rakovec). The clay had to be shapeable, fireproof and without any ingredients. The produced pipes were brown or black, it depended on baking in the ceramic containers. Very interesting are the brown pipes with black marks, so-called marmoreals. The clay pipes (štiavničky) were known for example in Germany, Russia, Egypt, India, Cuba or USA.

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