Železniki Museum

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Muzej Železniki
Na Plavžu 58, SI-4228 Železniki
Phone386 (0) 4 514 7356
Managed byJavni zavod Ratitovec
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Founded in 1969 by the Museum Society of Železniki, Železniki Museum is housed in Plavec House, a building which dates from 1637 and was renovated in 2010. Over the years the museum has expanded its collections, and today it occupies exhibition space of 400 square metres in the main building, plus a 60 square metre gallery in a former outbuilding. Its collections are installed in 12 rooms on the ground, first and second floors.


As hinted by the name of the municipality (in Slovene železo means iron), the most important economic activity in the region is the iron industry, and accordingly the main collection on the ground floor of the museum focuses on Železniki's 600-year history of iron production. Displays present the mining of iron ore, its transportation and smelting in the furnace, the processing of raw iron into semi-finished products in the forge, and the manufacture of finished products in the blacksmiths' workshops.

The first floor presents the activities and crafts which developed together with the iron industry, including woodworking, coopering, charcoal burning and the manufacture of roof slates. All of the presented activities are further illustrated by a wealth of products and original tools.

The installations on the second floor focus on the general history of the town. Over 300 original laces in the lace room present the development of bobbin-lace from 1881 to the present. A small collection on the National Liberation War illustrates the events in the Selca Valley and Železniki during the Second World War. The last room is the memorial room dedicated to France Koblar, a native of Železniki who was an eminent theatre critic, professor of the history of Slovene drama, editor and author of notes in the collected works of Slovene poets and writers, and a long-time member of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts.

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