Michael's Tower

Michalská 22, Bratislava
+421 2 5443 3044, mmba@bratislava.sk

Michael's Tower

Michalská 22, Bratislava
+421 2 5443 3044, mmba@bratislava.sk
Michael’s Tower stands as a prominent landmark at the heart of Bratislava, boasting a rich history spanning over seven centuries. It stands as the sole survivor among the original four city gates, predating Bratislava’s official city status granted in 1291 when it received its city privileges. Throughout its long history, the tower has undergone various transformations in both its appearance and primary purpose. Yet, it stands today as a testament to Bratislava’s sophisticated fortification system. Additionally, in its heyday, crucial roads passed through the tower’s gateway. Following an extensive restoration effort carried out between 2021 and 2022, we are delighted to announce that Michael’s Tower is now open to the public in the form of an exhibition.

The objective of the “Michael’s Tower: Reconstructed” exhibition is to present the monument in all its historical layers of development. Following the reconstruction, the tower’s facade now exhibits a cohesive, predominantly Baroque aesthetic, featuring a white color scheme that has been characteristic of Michael’s Tower in recent decades. Inside, the tower has been transformed into a museum exhibit. Rather than showcasing historical weapons, which were on display until recently, the monument itself assumes the role of the primary exhibit. This approach also enables us to unveil older layers and materials that would otherwise remain concealed from the view of visitors beneath a layer of unifying plaster. It provides insights into the historical evolution of the building and the gradual transformation of the tower’s function. Spaces that would have otherwise been designated as exhibition rooms or transit areas now offer an opportunity for contemplation and a more profound exploration of the monument’s history.

The medieval barbican, an integral part of the town’s fortifications upon which the townhouses eventually expanded, shares a historical connection with Michael’s Tower. Within one of these structures lies the well-preserved Red Crayfish Pharmacy, which now serves as a visitor center. Here, visitors can conveniently purchase tickets for admission to Michael’s Tower.

The temporary exhibition, titled “Michael’s Tower: Reconstructed,” meticulously adheres to the chronology of the tower’s evolution, with the earliest stages showcased in its lowest and oldest section. The ascent through the exhibition parallels the journey through the diverse phases of the tower’s development, culminating in the present day. Within the exhibition, visitors will encounter an array of themes pertaining to the tower’s history. These include the structural evolution of the tower and the barbican, the Archangel Michael statue and its time capsule, the bells, the tower clock, and the distinctive onion-shaped roof. A dedicated section also delves into the restoration efforts undertaken on this historic monument.


Monday 10.00 – 18.00  
Tuesday CLOSED  
Wednesday 10.00 – 18.00  
Thursday 10.00 – 18.00  
Friday 10.00 – 18.00  
Saturday 10.00 – 18.00  
Sunday 10.00 – 18.00  

Last entry 30 minutes before closing time.


New Year's Day closed  
Good Friday closed  
Easter Sunday closed  
Easter Monday closed  
All Saints Day closed  
Christmas Eve closed  
Christmas Day closed  
New Year's Eve closed  


General Admission

 6 € 

Reduced Admission (Children from 6 to 15, students, seniors)

 4 € 

Family Ticket: 2+3 / 2+2 / 2+1

 14 € 

Family Ticket: 1+2 / 1+1

 8 € 

School Group (per person)

 2 € 

Free Admission

  • Children under the age of 6,
  • disable person card’s holders and their guides,
  • teacher – one person per 10 students,
  • ICOM and ICOMOS card holders,
  • members of Union of Museums in Slovakia,
  • members of Czech Association of Museums and Galleries,
  • Bratislava CARD holders.
  • seasonal ticket holders 

 0 € 




News Notices

Dear Visitors, Due to technical reasons, the exhibition in Michalská Tower will experience limited operation on Wednesday, April 3rd. The restriction is expected to last until early afternoon hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and invite you to take advantage of discounted admission to enjoy the view from the tower. Thank you for your understanding.
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