Slovenské múzeum ochrany prírody a jaskyniarstva

The Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology

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Location: Liptovský Mikuláš
Open: APR to OCT Mon-Fri 8-17, Sat, Sun 10-17.
NOV to MAR Mon-Fri 8-16.
Classification: SubterraneaCave and Karst Museum
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Address: Slovenské múzeum ochrany prírody a jaskyniarstva, Školská ul. č. 4, 031 01 Liptovský Mikuláš, Tel: +421-44-5477210, Fax: +421-44-5514381. E-mail: contact
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1930 Museum for local history and speleology founded.
1949 Museum concentrated on speleology in Slovakia.
1970 Central administration of all Slovak show caves and the museum.
1981 Museum became more assignments in nature conservation and was thus renamed Museum of the Sloval Karst and Nature Protection.
1987 Museum was again renamed into Museum for the Development of Environment Protection.
1990 Show caves, nature protection and museum split into three organizations. Museum renamed into Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology.


The The Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology, often named Museum of Liptovský Mikuláš, is the central organization of speleological research in Slovakia. The museum always had the central cave registry and was supporting local caving clubs with advice, literature, money and equipment. The whole structure is obviously influenced by the socialist political system of the country. But this is not necessarily bad for the scientific research.

The museum has three sections: Protected Nature, Karst and Caves of Slovakia, and Minerals. This continuous exhibitions are completed with several short term exhibitions. Additional events are organized, like cultural and instructional events about speleology and nature protection.

The museum publishes the national speleological magazine which is called Slovenský Kras, Acta Carsologica Slovaca, since 1958. The museum shop Jaskyniarnik (little Cave Explorer) sells this and other literature, caving equipment and other related items.