Celje Museum of Recent History

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Muzej novejše zgodovine Celje
Prešernova 17, SI-3000 Celje
Phone386 (0) 3 428 6410
Fax386 (0) 3 428 6411
Founded byMunicipality of Celje
Tonček Kregar, Director
Phone386 (0) 3 428 6415
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Past Events
  • 7 August to 30 September 2015
    An exhibition of the works of photographer Josip Pelikan from the collection of the Celje Museum of Recent History at Museum Fotoateliér Seidel in Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
  • 1 March to 30 April 2011
    Photographs by Josip Pelikan from Celje Museum of Recent History at Museum of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia

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The Celje Museum of Recent History was established in 1951 as a department for the History of the National Liberation War at the Celje Municipal Museum. In 1963 it became an independent cultural institution and moved into the premises of the former town hall of Celje (1830–1963) where it is still situated today. The museum also presents temporary exhibitions dealing with art and historical themes.

Permanent exhibitions and museum branches

As a public museum the Celje Museum of Recent History focuses on the research, protection, documentation and presentation of the movable cultural heritage of the town of Celje and the Lower Savinjska region from the beginning of the 20th century until the present. The museum's permanent exhibition, Living in Celje, first opened in 2000, and was renovated and reopened in December 2009. It features the Diary of Three Generations on the first floor, showing how each generation lived in Celje in the course of the 20th century. On the second floor is a reconstruction of Celjska Street as it looked in the period between the two World Wars. Visitors can walk through various trade shops, the market and a middle-class apartment.

Other permanent exhibitions include the museum's Dentistry Collection, donated to the museum by the private collector Franc Štolfa (1993). Herman's Den (since 1995) represents the first Slovenian children's museum with a playroom, gallery and theatre. On the invitation of the Hamada Children's Museum of Art in Japan, Herman's Den was presented in Japan in 2009.

The Celje Museum of Recent History administers also two museum branches. The Josip Pelikan Photographic Studio, Celje, with a beautiful glass parlour and all original equipment, from the end of the 19th and early 20th century. The other is the Anti-Nazi memorial site Stari Pisker Prison, known by locals as "The Old Pot". This former Minorite monastery was the site of Nazi violence during World War II, today it is a memorial for the several hundred people who were tortured and executed there.


The Celje Museum of Recent History has 17 main collections. Starting with the most general historical collection of items from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, it has also very specialised collections of such items and topics as: trade, goldsmith trade, postcards, money, EMO kitchenware, arms, decorations and medals, scales, posters, farewell letters, children's toys and crafts. The museum also has a photo and video archive that can be viewed and studied by appointment.

Especially worth mentioning is the Fund of Alma Karlin. It consists of 850 objects, books, drawings, sketches, photographic material and testimonies about an amazing woman, world traveller, writer and anthropologist from Celje, Alma Maksimiljana Karlin (1889–1950) and her close companion Thea Schreiber Gamelin. In memory of the 120-year-anniversary of Alma's birth, the Celje Museum of Recent History published the anthology Alma's Boundaries and Margins (2009).

Education and international cooperation

The museum puts a great effort on its international educational programme called the Celje School of Museology in collaboration with Museumsakademie Joanneum Graz and Reinwardt Academie Amsterdam. In October 2009 the museum hosted the international museum workshop with the topic New Trends in Museology with Peter van Mensch and Léontine Meijer van Mensch from Reinwardt Academie Amsterdam.

Every year the museum also organises the Summer School of Museology intended for students of humanistic studies and those who want to become museum curators. It takes place on the Slovene coast in the historic town of Piran at the Institute of Mediterranean Heritage. The topic for 2009 was Museums and Tourism. In 2008 the lecturer was Xerxes Mazda, the Head of Learning and Audiences at the British Museum, London.

The Celje Museum of Recent History is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the Hands on! Association for Children's Museums. With the Museum of Europe in Brussels they collaborated on the exhibition The European: His Story. Celje Museum is also a partner in the European project Museum Sign Language Guide, an education and museum guidance for people with hearing disabilities.

The JUMUM – Jugend und Musik und Museum project supported by the EU Culture Programme 2010–2012 and led by Austrian partner from Bad Ischl popularised the music genre of operetta. The exhibition and some performances took place in Bad Ischl on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Lehar Festival and in Eggenfelden, Germany, while in Celje some workshops and a school project The Faces of Operetta took place.

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