Apiculture Museum Krapje

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Čebelarski muzej Krapje
Krapje 22, SI-9241 Veržej
Phone386 (0) 31 761 680
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Marta Šalamun (owner), Jožef and Dragica Tigeli, Managers
Phone386 (0) 31 853 390
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The Apiculture Museum Krapje was established in 1997 by beekeeper Drago Šalamun. As the previous owner, over the course of many years of collecting beekeeping exhibits, in 1996 he also acquired an original octagonal apiary which dates from the late 19th century. The apiary has a skylight for ventilation and lighting and contains 84 hives, joined in units of 6 hives each, that is the old NASIER System. It was made by joiner master Pok from Tišina for landowner and teacher Evgen Antauer from Tropovec. In 1945 it was bought by farmer Alojz Šeruga. Drago Šalamun bought it in a bad state, renovated it and established a museum. After his death his wife Marta inherited it. The museum is now managed by Jožef and Dragica Tigeli.

By appointment, visitors can watch the activities in a beehive through glass sections. Fifty bee families are contained in the museum. The oldest beehive in the collection is supposed to be around 300 years old. It is an open air museum where visitors can follow the process of beekeeping, see the collection, and participate in bee wax sculpting or crafting workshops. There also various products, all sorts of honey, bee wax products, propolis, honey wine and spirits. The museum has won many prestigious awards for honey making on international fairs in Slovenia, a territory known for its tough competition.

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