The Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology in Liptovský Mikuláš underwent a comprehensive renovation over the course of four years, and now its facilities present interesting, interactive information from all across Slovakia.The museum’s latest exhibition, titled "Protected nature of Slovakia", is located in a historical building formerly belonging to a Jesuit monastery. The museum building, a cultural monument in its own right, was renovated and now rightfully returns to its place as one of the city centre’s most prominent historical landmarks.
Individual parts of the exhibition lead visitors through the world of the underground in a modern and entertaining way, where – apart from interesting information and the best features of Slovakia's caves – they'll come across a model of a life-sized cave bear and find out what people used caves for in the past.
In another part of the exhibition, the museum presents a nature exhibition with a focus on protected biotopes, their typical inhabitants from the animal world, and their ancestors. Visitors will also find a model of a cave lion, discover interesting animal species and their typical sounds, and try to search for fossils.
The museum also highlights the leisure and agricultural activities of people living in the mountains, the history of hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and ski touring, as well as the activities of the Mountain Rescue Service and the Avalanche Prevention Centre.
The exhibition also harbours a section that focuses on the history of the town, the building, and the museum itself.
There is an observation deck above the museum building, offering breath-taking views of the panorama of the Western Tatras, Low Tatras, Great Fatra, Choč Mountains, as well as the town of Liptovský Mikuláš and its surroundings.
Source: Slovenské múzeum ochrany prírody a jaskyniarstva