Šarišská galéria Prešov

Šariš Regional Gallery Prešov

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Location: Hlavná 53, Prešov (48.996389, 21.240833)
Open: All year Tue-Fri 9-18, Sat, Sun 14-18.
Fee: Adults EUR 3, Children (6-18) EUR 1, Children (0-5) free, Students EUR 1, Disabled EUR 1.50, Seniors EUR 1.50, Family (2+4) EUR 6.
Classification: SubterraneaMining Museum
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:  
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Šarišská galéria Prešov, Hlavná 51, 080 01 Prešov, Tel: +421-51-772-54-23, +421-917-165-574. E-mail:
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1956 Regional Gallery founded in the building of the former Evangelical College.
1981 purchase of two burgher houses and renovation.
1990s Suterén exhibition space opened.
1991 renamed Šariš Gallery.


The Šarišská galéria (Saris Gallery) in Prešov is one of the oldest regional galleries in Slovakia. It manages a collection of more than 4,000 works of art from the end of the 15th century to the present. This includes wooden sculptures from the 15th to 19th century, icons from the 16th to 19th century, paintings from the 19th century and art of the region from the 20th century. The museum purchased two Gothic burgher houses with Renaissance and Baroque reconstructions. They were renovated and the gallery moved in in the late 1980s. The reason why this gallery is listed on showcaves.com is the Suterén (basement), an exhibition space in the historic cellars of one burgher house.

Burgher is the translation of the Slovak term, which actually is the German word Bürger. Bürger means citizen, in English the term bourgeois is used. In the Middle Ages German miners were invited by the Hungarian Kings to reactivate abandoned cities which were destroyed by tartars and the plague, and to modernize mining. As a result many miners from Saxony came to the area and influenced culture and technology. Some of those miners became wealthy, and those middle-class burghers erected a certain type of house which served practical purposes but also announced their wealth. All still existing houses of this type in Slovakia are protected as historic monument. The museum uses three of them as exhibition space.