The Manor-Museum


Our museum was founded by the descendants of Count Esterházy de Galantha et Frakno. The first exhibition was prepared in the mansion of Count Esterházy in Tomášikovo. The museum prides itself on managing an extensive family collection, an exceptional collection in Slovakia, which is owned by the original owners. The museum is preparing to establish a permanent exhibition in Galanta.


The varied offer includes gems for lovers of the history of noble mansions, art, clocks, weapons, numismatics and a unique collection of minerals. The gallery of paintings, the most extensive and comprehensive collection of painted coats of arms in Slovakia, is also unique. The experience of our exposition is enhanced by the magnificent architecture of our residence. An exhibition entitled Palatín Mikuláš Esterházy is being prepared.


With our partners we prepare cyclical and occasional events. These include the popular Tea at Count Esterházy's, a discussion with members of the Esterházy family about history and the present. A summer festival featuring the most famous works composed for the Esterházy family.

History of the family

The Esterházy family belongs to the ancient Hungarian nobility, known since the 12th century. The earliest historically proven ancestor was Mocud Magister Comes de Genere Salamon et Watha, in 1186. He was the owner of a settlement called Watha (now a village: Zlaté Klasy, Slovakia). In 1421, Benedict de Eesterház expelled the Galanta manor. Galanta thus became the seat of the Esterhazy family, and all of Benedict descendants began to use "de Galantha" as their noble predicate. From Galanta also came the prominent Palatine Nicholas Count Esterházy, who was greatly influenced by his uncle, Palatine Stephen I. Count Illésházy de Illésháza, as Palatine was the representative of the King of Hungary. The family acquired the Strečno estate in 1601, the Zvolen and Dobrá Niva estates in 1614, and Bytča with parts of the Orava and Lietava estates in 1626. In 1642 they acquired Šintava and Bernolákovo, in 1675 the castle manor of Levice, in 1690 Vígľaš and other estates and property shares in the territory of today's Slovakia, Hungary and Transylvania. In 1626, Nicholas Count Esterházy received the hereditary title of Count for his descendants. The family has always been inclined to piety, and several of the family became ecclesiastical dignitaries of the Catholic Church and also religious writers. Among them was the Archbishop of Esztergom and Primate of Hungary, Imrich Count Esterházy, who crowned Queen Maria Theresa of Hungary in Bratislava, then the capital of Hungary. As Grand Master of the Order of St. Paul the Hermit and Archbishop of Esztergom and Primate of Hungary, he built around 70 new churches in the territory of the Archdiocese. He himself spent more than 2 million gold pieces for religious and cultural purposes. In the past the family had successful and unsuccessful periods, times good and bad. The willingness not to give up on one's own convictions is characteristic of the Esterházy family, as the family motto "DUM SPIRO SPERO" (translated: As long as I breathe, I hope) calls it. Family members proved their courage by participating in battles where the Ottoman Turks pushed into their Hungarian homeland in repeated waves. They helped as defenders in the siege of Vienna and in the liberation of Buda. During the Austro-French War in 1809, Napoleon offered independence to the Kingdom of Hungary, headed by Anton Prince Esterházy, after the intended partition of the Austrian Empire. Later, the crown was also offered by Nicholas Prince Esterházy, who did not accept the offer either. The Esterházy family always remained loyal to the King of Hungary, although part of the nobility sympathized with Napoleon. The Esterházys were: Hungarian palatines, marshals, Croatian bans, royal councillors, politicians, diplomats, bishops of Jäger and Esztergom.

The Family archive

The Family Archive is a non-public archive set up by a family association of members and descendants of the family of Count Esterházy de Galantha et Frakno. It holds a number of archive holdings and collections and plays a role in cultural and educational activities, as well as in the acquisition and preservation of historical documents.

The Family Archives provides

  • Retrieval and protection of archival documents
  • Records of the family's archival heritage
  • Caring for the library collection
  • Pre-archive care

The family archive is part of the organizational structure of the Gróf Esterházy Kaštieľ-Múzeum, which is directly subordinate to the Director of the organization.

The museum is temporarily closed!

Before you can visit the museum, we have prepared a virtual tour of our museum.

  • Collections

    Our aim is to acquire objects in order to expand the collection documenting the history of the Esterházy de Galantha et Frakno family, from the earliest times to the present day. This is done either actively by searching for selected objects or passively, when objects are donated by people or institutions.

  • The professional protection of collections consists primarily in the professional treatment, conservation and restoration of collection objects. Objects protected in this way are stored in a depository on the basis of the materials. The room with special conditions for temperature, humidity and blackout has a strict regime, which is checked regularly. All measures are designed to prevent the deterioration of the collection objects.

  • Cultural-presentation activities as a result of expanding the collection, documentation, preservation and scientific-research work enable our organisation to present the history of the Esterházy de Galantha et Frakno family to the professional and cultural public in the form of exhibitions and accompanying events.


Gróf Esterházy Kaštieľ-Múzeum
Zelinárska 5389/2
821 08 Bratislava

Nikolaus Paul Esterházy

Helena Esterházyová

Identification data:
Non-profit organisation
IČO: 53957482