The collection, protection and presentation of traditional material culture including folk art are carried out in Slovakia by several museum institutions, galleries and libraries, for example the Ethnographic Museum SNM, the Slovak National Library (SNK), Bratislava City Museum and a number of regional and district ethnographic museums.
Recordings of spiritual culture and folklore as phenomena and manifestations of non-material cultural heritage were collected much less frequently in comparison with the manifestations of material culture.
Two key institutions researching traditional folk culture, including the building and administering of specialised archives are the Institute of Ethnology Slovak Academy of Sciences (texts, ballads, photonegatives, photopositives, slides, drawings, the archive of the Ethnographic Atlas of Slovakia, the archive of the Folk Culture of Slovakia Encyclopedia) and the Institute of Musicology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (recordings and transcriptions of songs, dances, dance games, etc.). Their collections serve for scientific purposes as a priority.
The ÚĽUV – Centre for Folk Art Production, which pursuant to valid Slovak National Council Act No 4/1958 Coll is the institutional executor of the protection and promotion of folk arts and crafts as a component of cultural heritage, has a rich archive of material culture.
On the website it provides the Electronic Encyclopedia of traditional Crafts and home production, craftsmen and products of ÚĽUV as well as the Encyclopedia of traditional clothing on Slovakia. The Centre of traditional folk culture– SĽUK-on its website presents an electronic encyclopedia called the Traditional Folk Culture of Slovakia in words and pictures that was created in a professional cooperation with the Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.
A specific archive for the needs of the folk movement has been built at the National Centre of Culture (dance, music, festivals, shows, competitions). Slovak Radio (folklore material). Slovak Television (documentary films with ethnographic themes) and the Slovak Film Institute (SFÚ) also administer extensive archival funds.
Matica slovenská, the Slovak Ethnographic Society (NSS), the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of Comenius University in Bratislava, the Collection of Folk Traditions, the Hungarian Workers’ Cultural Association of Slovakia (CSEMADOK), Spoločnosť sveta Stračinu (Society of Stračina’s World) and the Folk Culture Archive own other traditional folk culture archives. The artistic ensembles SĽUK, Lúčnica and Ifjú Szivek also archive documents related to their activities.
The specific form of presentation of the traditional way of life and culture in the reconstructed historical, cultural and natural environment mediate specialised museum institutions – open air museums.
Within the Operational Programme Informatization of Society – Priority Ax 2 – Development repository institutions and renewal of their national infrastructure it has been possible to create conditions since 2011 for the implementation of a large-scale digitization of cultural heritage in Slovakia. National projects Digital collection of traditional folk culture, Digital Museum (one part of it is the documentation of traditional dances and traditional cut and stitches), Digital audiovisual arts as well as Digital library and Data archives, Digital gallery, Digital Monuments Fund, Documentation and information centre of Roma culture, Central data archive, Harmonization of information systems, Central application infrastructure and registration provide digitization to a wide range of objects, phenomena and manifestations that document cultural heritage of Slovakia, including the field of traditional folk culture and intangible cultural heritage. In addition to the digitization itself, individual projects were also aimed at the renovation and restoration. The institutions of the department of culture involved in the digitization of cultural heritage at the level of national digitization and infrastructure projects include the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising, National Centre of Culture, Monuments Board, Slovak National Gallery, Slovak National Library, Slovak National Museum, Slovak Folk Art Ensemble – centre for traditional folk culture, State Scientific Library in Prešov and the University Library in Bratislava. A separate call was also intended for institutions outside the founder’s competency of the Ministry of Culture, such as museums, galleries, academic or scientific institutions the founder’s competency of towns and higher territorial units.