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Due to its specialization, the Literary and Music Museum in Banská Bystrica is a unique museum not only in Slovakia but also in the whole of Europe. It focuses on the documentation of literary and musical culture as well as personalities of the region of Banská Bystrica and Brezno. The museum is housed in a historic building where writer Ján Botto lived, worked and died.

The museum's collection is quite rich and varied. Almost 60,000 pieces of collection items and documents are presented to visitors not only through exhibitions, but also thematic and monographic exhibitions, conferences and seminars, lectures, concerts or meetings with artists.

The Literary and Music Museum has 5 permanent exhibitions, including:

  • Museum - home of muses - in terms of content consists of Music, Literary and Theater Salon. It provides insight into important music and literary personalities of the city and region.
  • Folk musical instruments in Slovakia - the exhibition presents 250 folk musical instruments from 60 artists. The exhibition is complemented by video screenings.
  • Puppet Salon - the exhibition maps puppet traditions in Slovakia. Visitors can also try guiding puppets or play puppet fairy tales.
  • Pavel Tonkovič Memorial Room in Podkonice - an extended exhibition devoted to the history and ethnography of the village of Podkonice and the personality of a native - folklorist, conductor, pedagogue and composer Pavel Tonkovič.
  • J. G. Tajovský Memorial House - extended exhibition in the picturesque native cottage of the writer is dedicated to the history and important personalities of the village Tajov with an emphasis on the literary contexts of Jozef Gregor Tajovský and his wife.
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