The Postal Museum is an organisational unit of Slovenská pošta, a.s. (Slovak Post) with its headquarters in Banská Bystrica. Its mission is, in accordance with its focus and specialization, to acquire objects of cultural value concerning especially history of mail and postal system, engraved aids, national and international postage stamps and postage stamp design.
From the history of the Postal Museum
The departmental museum-type office was established rather late, in 1980s. The Documentation Centre for Communications was founded on 1st April 1981 and opened at the Post Office Bratislava I on 8th November 1985. The main task of the Documentation Centre was to document the development in the field of communication especially in the period after 1945. After the split of Czechoslovakia in 1993 it was named the Documentation centre and stamp design and the field of postage stamps, until that time administrated by Prague Postal Museum, was added to its activities. Due to renovation of the Post Office Bratislava I, it was later transferred to the Post Office Bratislava 55 in Petržalka. Since 1st November 1997 it has been renamed to Documentation Centre for Slovenská pošta, š.p. and again changed its location, as it moved to the renovated premises on Partizánska cesta 9 in Banská Bystrica. Based on the registration in the Register of museums and galleries in Slovak Republic from 7th March 2000, the documentation centre has been transformed into museum and began to work under the name Slovenská pošta, š.p., Poštové múzeum. The museum opened its door to the public with the first permanent exhibition in 2001 and later a cultural and educational department “Detská pošta (Children’s Post)” was established, too. Since the transformation of the state-owned enterprise Slovenská pošta into a joint-stock company on 1st October 2004, the museum operates under the name Slovenská pošta, a.s., Poštové múzeum.
The Postal museum is a Member of Association of Museums in Slovakia and The international Association of Transport and Communications Museums – IATM.