The exhibition is divided chronologically:
National Hall - flare or committee room 1. Matice slovenskej
Great Moravian Empire - the cradle of Slavic literature / 800 - 1000 /
The period of the Great Moravian Empire is presented by facsimiles of rare Old Slavic codes, which document religious, administrative-legal and literary works in our territory. Interesting exhibits include facsimiles of the Latin documents Gospel Gospel and Conversio, as well as faithful copies of archaeological excavations from this period.
Medieval Literature after the Establishment of the Hungarian State - Medieval Literature / 1000 - 1500 /
The Principality of Nitra influenced the establishment of the new Hungarian state at the turn of the millennium. One of the most valuable Latin texts written in our territory in this period is the Nitra Evangelist (1083), a document of King Koloman from 1113, the oldest legend of St. Svorad and Benedict, or Bratislava graduates from the 15th century. The work of medieval scribes in monastery workshops, scriptbooks, and the exposition is illustrated by the reconstruction of the department with period writing aids.
Renaissance and Humanistic Literature / 1500 - 1650 /
The educational environment of the Renaissance and humanism periods is evoked by a copy of the Bardejov library with originals and a Renaissance desk. The selection of Slovak prints and manuscripts consists of the works of domestic scholars - Latinist humanists: J. de Thurocz, J. Sambucus, P. Rubigall, M. Rakovský, J. Koppay, V. Mader. The beginnings of book printing are represented by first prints from the Bratislava workshop Typographia Confessionalis and the oldest printed map of Hungary from 1528. Works in Slovakized Czech, cultural West Slovak and Czech are exhibited, the origin of which is closely connected with the spread of the Reformation in the territory of Hungary. The spiritual lyrics are most numerous in the songs of J. Silván, E. Láni and in the songs of J. Tranovský - Cithara sanctorum and D. Pribiš.
Literature in Slovakia in the Baroque period / 1650 - 1780 /
The Baroque period is characterized by struggles with the Turks, re-Catholicization and numerous anti-Habsburg uprisings, and these events were reflected in contemporary literature. Among the important religious works is the first printed Catholic songbook Cantus catholici with signs of the vernacular. Secular poetry is represented by the work of H. Gavlovič Valaská škola mravúv barn, which already has demonstrable artistic features. Secular prose is represented by travelogues, memoirs and biographies, inspired by Turkish invasions and the fates of the persecuted, the drama of the Latin school play, but also by Slovak dialogue scenes. Professional, encyclopedic works are presented by the work of polyhistor M. Bel, imperial librarian AF Kollár and grammar P. Doležal.
Enlightenment and the beginnings of the national revival / 1780 - 1820 /
The revival of Slovak national consciousness is presented through the works of J. Papánek and J. Sklenár. Language became the basis of the national revival. The exhibition presents the first novel in Slovak by René Mládenc, events and experiences by JI Bajz. The codification of literary language on the basis of "cultural West Slovak" by A. Bernolák is represented by the grammatical work Slowár ... published only after the author's death.