Škrabec Homestead

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Škrabčeva domačija
Hrovača 42, SI-1310 Ribnica
Phone386 (0) 1 836 1095
Fax386 (0) 1 836 9936
Managed byRiko d.o.o.
Janez Škrabec, General Manager
Polona Lovšin, Curator
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The Škrabec Homestead in the centre of the village Hrovača, just south of the town of Ribnica, is the birthplace of Slovene linguist and writer Stanislav Škrabec (1844–1918). The house, dated on the entrance portal in 1834, has been turned into a museum of residential culture of the late 19th and early 20th century, opened in 1998. The part dedicated to farm building is renovated into the owner's accommodation. Today it is a part of the Riko Art Collection.


Škrabec Homestead consists of a house (originally a stretched home), a granary (dated on the transverse beam in 1838 together with the inscription of the owner Anton Shrabdz), a hay-rack and newly built pigsty and barn, and has a typical plan like most of the homesteads in Hrovača. Reconstruction of the homestead took place from 1996 by conservator ethnologist Vito Hazler and architect Božidar Rot and was opened to the public in 2002.

The plaque commemorating the birth of Stanislav Škrabec was built in the street façade in 1920, as well as a relief portrait of Stanislav Škrabec made by France Kralj.

Exhibitions and events

Furnished in period style, the homestead contains artefacts depicting the history of the house and its inhabitants – the Škrabec family – up to the 20th century. The homestead is also used for the display of specially-commissioned contemporary sculpture works and is used as a venue for many cultural events, literary readings and discussions, which take place in a barn. The awards and scholarships are given annually in the homestead by Stanislav Škrabec's Association. It hosts the "Bean Day" when, using old recipes, the housewives of Hrovača prepare dishes from a specific type of bean, called ribnčan.

The permanent exhibition in the barn presents the inhabitants of Ribniška dolina and their relation to wood, wooden products, and pottery. Besides traditional pottery and wooden-ware, some kitchen utensils and glass products of the Riko Urban Collection are on display, as to continue a rich trade heritage in the direction of unique industrial design.

Outside the barn stand sculptures of four Slovene sculptors: Jakov Brdar, Stane Jarm, Matjaž Počivavšek, and Mirsad Begić. The interior is completed with works by Janez Boljka and Mirsad Begić as well.

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