Garden of SNM in Martin

Garden of SNM in Martin

The third oldest botanical garden in Slovakia turned into a park, designed by a prominent functionalist garden architect- Josef Vaněk, near Slovak National Museum in Martin.

arboretum / botanical garden
National cultural monument
English-landscape park
The garden is a part of Ethnographical Slovak National Museum (SNM) in Martin
408 m a.s.l.
1.8 ha
Nearby attractions:
National Cemetery, SNM- Ethnographical Museum, SNM- Museum of Andrej Kmeť, SNM- Museum of Czech culture in Slovakia, SNM- Museum of the Slovak Village, Slovak National Library, Museum of Literature SNK, Matica slovenská, The House of Jozef Cíger Hronský, Turčianska Gallery
N 49.0639108
E 18.9284371
Car park
Café nearby
Available for private hire
Available for photography
Open parks and gardens weekend


The second building of Slovak National Museum in Martin was built between 1923-1932. Its grandiosity and monumentality was complemented by natural surroundings- terraces with a garden architecture and the remarkable botanical garden. The garden was built as a part of natural science expositions between 1933-1935 and designed by a Czech garden architect Josef Vaněk.

The focus while creating the design of the garden, was set on planting Carpathian flora and dendroflora which is typical for Slovakia. The changes of the conception resulted in a rich collection of non-original, especially North American trees.

In 1963, the building with the garden was declared a national cultural monument.

Description of the park

The garden was designed in a simple functionalistic way, which optically lengthens the main axis of the east wing to nature. The vertical axis goes through a symmetrical ground plan of heart-resembling pathways which end with a pool. In the 90s, the area of the garden was extended southward for almost 0,6 ha. In this area, the original organised pathways were built, which were meant to follow the organised tracking but unfortunately, over the years, the garden has lost its visual symmetry. The only reminder of former functionalistic design is a no longer functional water system. Nowadays, the garden comprises woody plants which correspond to the character of the park. In the garden are also situated benches and a book booth.

Fauna and flora of the park

The botanical garden near the Slovak National Museum in Martin was founded with the purpose to collect whole range of Carpathian flora. The main attention was dedicated to herbs, but the garden was also complemented by domestic woody plants and shrubs. It is reported that already in 1935, more than 10 000 plants were planted in the garden. From archives we know that the flora consisted primarily of indigenous plants from other parts of Europe, North America or East Asia.

Due to changes of the conception of the garden (for example when woody plants were replanted in the 60s), it is difficult to determine the similarities of the current planting to the original one.

As for the fauna, the great attraction is a common buzzard which is periodically nesting in the garden area.

Current use

Due to some adjustments in the 90s, the character of the garden was changed from collecting to park character. Some dominant woody plants and shrubs together with pioneering plants and precious herbs were preserved. The garden is maintained seasonally by the museum staff and volunteers.

Nowadays, the garden serves mainly as a place for relaxation. The awareness of the garden was raised through social media, increased interest of other media and through organising events.


Slovenské národné múzeum – Múzeá v Martine

korešpondenčná adresa:
Malá hora 2
P.O. BOX 155
036 80 Martin

+421 43 413 10 11
+421 43 413 30 96


Plan your way

The garden is a part of the Ethnographical Slovak National Museum in Martin, which can be easily recognized due to its light pink building with a long stairway. It is possible to park in front of the museum. From the railway station leads a direct way straight to the museum along Andrej Kmeť Street. When taking a public transport in a direction Vrútky-Martin, you can get off at “Hlavná pošta” stop and continue to the left along Andrej Kmeť Street. Public transport in a direction Martin-Vrútky has a stop directly beneath the museum at Hviezdoslavova Street and continues to the left along Andrej Kmeť Street.

Opening hours

The garden is open to the public during the summer season from the 1st of April until the 31st of October, every day except Monday

Opening hours:

Thursday-Friday 9:00-17:00

Saturday-Sunday 10:00-17:30

The last admission is 30 minutes before the end of opening hours.

Accessibility of the park

This park is accessible to the public!