4th Dritl Virtual Museum

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4. Dritl
Trg svobode 11a, 1420 Trbovlje
Phone+386 51 626296
Founded byDelavski dom Trbovlje Cultural Centre
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4th Dritl is a physical and virtual mining museum established as part of Delavski dom Trbovlje Cultural Centre in 2017. The museum provides guided tours through a reconstructed coal mine containing original mining equipment, enhanced with video, 3D animation, hologram and VR technology. In 2019 it added a mine-escape challenge ("Pobeg iz rudnika") in which visitors compete against the clock to rescue a group of trapped miners.


The name of the museum, which can be translated as "4th shift" (from a German loanword meaning "a third", i.e., an eight-hour shift), is a reflection of the town's commitment to repurposing its heritage as industrial buildings fall from their original use. As such, while differing in content markedly from the rest of the activities provided at the Delavski dom (Trbovlje, The New Media Setting and, within this, the Speculum Artium Festival, Rdeči revirji! - Red Beats! Festival and New Gallery DDT), the museum is part of an overarching new media mission that further extends the centre's focus on the contemporary interface of culture, heritage and technology.

The town's emergence as a setting for new media and art can also explored in a series of walks, "Tales from Trbovlje: From a Mining to a New Media Town", organised by the museum.

International cooperation

The original museum project was co-financed by Slovenia and the European Regional Development Fund. Since then, the 4th Dritl Virtual Museum has been involved in a number of European projects.

The "Interactive Tourism for All" project is co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Regional Development. It aims to reduce social exclusion through the use of VR and other multimedia technologies, thereby providing people with reduced mobility, the elderly, the hearing-impaired and the blind or visually-impaired with the chance to visit cultural sites that would otherwise be inaccessible to them (of particular relevance to 4th Dritl).

The ViMM (Virtual Multimodal Museum), funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme, was an initiative to enhance the role of digital technologies in cultural heritage (as per the European Commission's Recommendation on digitisation and online accessibility and digital preservation of cultural material, 2011/711/EU), with Bogdan Šteh, head of 4th Dritl and formerly co-organiser of Speculum Artium, serving as a member of the ViMM expert panel.

Funding for the "Pobeg iz Rudnika" escape challenge was provided through the Inspiracija Project (Interreg V-A Slovenia–Croatia 2014–2020, European Regional Development Fund), which seeks to use tourism to reanimate industrial heritage buildings.

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