|Bevkova 12, SI-5282 Cerkno|
|Phone||386 (0) 5 372 3180|
|Fax||386 (0) 5 372 3181|
|Managed by||Idrija Municipal Museum|
|Milojka Magajne, Curator (Head of the Museum)|
Through its collections, exhibitions, and other activities, the museum enables visitors to recognise and experience the cultural identity of this unique Slovene region. Using photographs, documents, and specimens, they present selected segments of the region's administrative, economic, and cultural life.
Alongside the occasional exhibitions organised by the Cerkno Museum on the basis of its annual work programmes, two permanent exhibitions are on display.
The collection focuses very much on ethnology. In 2006, on the 50th anniversary of the revival of the Cerkljanska Laufarija, a new permanent exhibition entitled Pust is to Blame! - A Story about the Cerkno Laufarija was opened at Cerkno Museum. The Cerkno laufarji are among the most famous carnival figures in Slovenia, whose wooden masks called larfa are cut from the wood of the linden tree. Their strong resemblance to human faces is unlike any other region in Slovenia. On the basis of collected documentary materials and photographs, the museum has prepared a reconstruction of costumes and requisites for all 25 figures that today form part of the laufarija family. The history of this custom and the ceremony itself are presented in exhibited photographs and other written records.
The exhibition Cerkno Region Through the Centuries offers (with the exception of archaeological periods) an integral presentation of the historical development of the Cerkno region, a small link in the chain of Slovenia's pre-alpine foothills. Though removed from large centres and events, it nevertheless takes pride in a history which has lasted several thousand years. Although the area had already been settled in prehistoric times, the Cerkno region began to record "real" history in the second half of the 11th century, when certain kings were first mentioned in written sources. The exhibition presents the region's development under various state formations that ruled the area up to the end of the 20th century.
France Bevk Homestead, a museum branch
The Cerkno Museum also administers the France Bevk Homestead in Zakojca, which opened in 1990 on the 100th anniversary of (1890–1970), a poet and a writer who published more than 100 works, including historical and social novels, collections of poems, and many children's books.