The Slovak National Gallery was founded in 1948 as the top state institution in the field of art history, art collecting, scientific research, culture and education. The gallery in Bratislava consists of a complex of buildings. The central building was originally a four-wing baroque residence on the Danube embankment (hence its name: the Water Barracks) built in 1759-1763 (designed by architects G.B. Martinelli and F.A. Hillebrandt). This was later reconstructed and an extension was built (1969-1977; designed by architect V. Dedecek) to meet new requirements.
Currently, the Esterházy Palace (EP) is the only public space of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. The palace was built between 1870-1873 by the architect I. Feigler, Sr. The space features typical neo-renaissance elements. The building houses exhibition grounds, facilities for visitors, depositaries and the Archive of Fine Arts. On the ground floor is a bookstore Ex libris and a nice café Berlinka. Visitors are also free to enter the Atrium where the selected programs and events are usually held.