Celje Regional Museum
|Pokrajinski muzej Celje|
|Trg celjskih knezov 8, SI-3000 Celje|
|Phone||386 (0) 3 428 0950, 386 (0) 41 662 907|
|Fax||386 (0) 3 428 0966|
|Founded by||Municipality of Celje|
|Stane Rozman, Director|
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The first part of the collection occupies an area of 240 square metres and presents eras from the Stone Ageto the late Roman period and the city of Celeia. A Roman lapidary collection with an area of 440 square metres in the cellars of the Old Counts' Mansion is supplemented with the outdoor lapidary collection of architectural remains of public and private buildings and a rich collection of milestones.
In the Major Hall, the famous Celje Ceiling in tempera on canvas (14.45 x 9.7m) is a singular example of secular painting from the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries in Slovenia. The museum also houses important Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Classicist, Empire, Biedermeier, and Historicist paintings, sculpture, frescoes, furniture and furnishings, clocks, miniatures and portraits. One of the highlights of the Celje Regional Museum's permanent exhibition is the glass case with the skulls of the notorious Counts of Celje, previously buried beyond the main altar of the Church of St Mary.
The ethnological collection on the ground floor features a wide spectrum of exhibits belonging to the material and spiritual culture of the population of the wider Celje region (ploughing implements, small agricultural tools, milk processing implements, accessories for processing flax and wool, small kitchen utensils, lights and textiles, woodworking products) as well as a collection of folk art.
The museum has over 370 beehive panels from the Zadrečka dolina and Savinja valleys. The numismatic collection covers an area of 60 square metres and the period from the Late Iron Age until the 20th century. Celje is the only town in Slovenia that had its own mint twice in the course of two millennia (in the 1st century BCE under the Celts and again in the 15th century). The collection of old Savinja ceramics in the museum is one of the most exquisite and richest collections in Slovenia; it presents products from various ceramic factories established in the 19th century. A special 53 square-metre area on the ground floor of the Old Count's Mansion is dedicated to, a best-seller writer and intellectual born in Celje in 1889, who studied languages in London and brought back a substantial collection of objects from her extensive journeys around the world.
Except from the Princely Palace archaeological remains of ancient Celeia and the Old Counts' Mansion lapidary under or in the premises of museum. The museum manages several satellite archaeological sites including an Early Christian Baptistery dating from the 5th century CE; restored remains from the 2nd century CE, located on a terrace above the river Savinja's left bank Temple of Hercules on Miklavški hrib; the Rifnik Archaeological Site with its findings presented in the neighbouring town of Šentjur in a display called Rifnik and its Treasures, The Šentjur Museum Collection. One of Slovenia's best preserved archaeology highlights is definitely Šempeter v Savinjski Dolini Roman Necropolis showing the graveyard of rich Roman inhabitants living in Celeia (96–235 AD )in the time of Traian and Severan Dinasty. An important palaeontologic and archaeologic site is under Olševa mountain where the bones of 40 different animal species from the stone age and hunting weapons were found and are on display in the permanent exhibition Potočka zijalka, First Exhibition Room in Solčava, Logarska Dolina.
The museum's dislocated collections and historical sites includeat the . Located in the old Horse Stables in the spa town of Dobrna, the museum presents a collection of carriages. The is the homestead of (1865–1952), a famous librarian and publisher from Ljubljana who was born in Vransko. He was also an important Maecenas of the literati of Slovene Moderna. The house of the Schwentner family, with its rich bourgeois interior, furniture and equipment from the beginning of 20th century has been preserved almost intact, showing the family's lifestyle.
presents the ethnological collection of , who was dedicated to preserve the Kozjansko heritage of everyday life. is a Church of St Leopold museum of glass products and crafts that were made in private glasshouses in the Kozjansko region from the 17th century on.
Theof important Slovene composer and army officer Risto Savin, who composed operas and ballets based on stories from national history and literature, for instance, the operas Poslednja straža (1898), Lepa Vida (1907), Matija Gubec (1923) and the ballet Čajna punčka (1922). presents the ecclesiastical history of Slovenia as well as ethnological and palaeontological collections.
In honour of120th anniversary of birth, the Alma M. Karlin Journey exhibition was on display until 2012. A book on her life was published by the museum for the occasion.
Other previous temporary exhibitions have included Medieval floor tiles in Slovenia (2010), a survey on rare culture heritage of medieval paving stones collected from monasteries, castles, and churches in Slovenia; The Sanctuaries on the Riverside, an archaeological exhibition on Celtic and Roman cults in Celeia; and Mohn & Kothgasser, Transparent-enamelled Biedermeier Glass, an exhibition of the museum's glass collection (2010).
In, some 40km from Celje, a travelling exhibition Cookery Book is on display showing recipes, kitchenware, and how and what our grand grandmothers were cooking in the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition guide is an interesting cookbook presenting the collection and old recipes.
Collaborations and Awards
From 1989 on the Celje Regional Museum has been traditionally collaborating with Verein Steiermarkisches Glaskunstzentrum und Glasmuseum, Bärnbach, Austria, where curatorand author Paul von Lichtenberg prepare exhibitions on glass making.
- Celje Regional Museum website (in Slovenian)
- Alma Karlin's virtual home by Celje Central Library
- Risto Savin on Wikipedija (in Slovenian)
- Counts of Celje on Wikipedija (in Slovenian)