Ethnological Collection in Kasarna, Jesenice


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Etnološka zbirka v Kasarni, Jesenice
Cesta Franceta Prešerna 48, SI-4270 Jesenice
Phone386 (0) 4 583 3506, 386 (0) 4 583 3500
Managed byUpper Sava Valley Museum, Jesenice
Irena Lačen Benedičič, Director
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Housed in the Kasarna, a workers’ residential building dating from the late 18th century, the Ethnological Collection in Kasarna, Jesenice, arranged in 2005 by the Upper Sava Valley Museum, Jesenice, depicts the culture and way of life of iron-worker families, the history and way of life of the settlement, and the history of the building, together with a reconstruction of a typical iron-worker dwelling.

The building houses also a small photo gallery, the Jesenice Music School, and a venue for temporary exhibitions and various events: workshops, film, theatre and music shows.

Technical monuments in Stara Sava

The two-storey late Baroque building has three entrances and presents one of the earliest examples in the inner Austrian territory of multi-residential housing for workers. Together with other buildings at Stara Sava it forms the complex of the Bucelleni-Ruard Manor, first established in the 16th century.

In Stara Sava one can also see the Bucelleni-Ruard Manor, remnants of the blast furnace and puddling mill, the little ironworks' Jesuit style Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and Roch, a chimney, a mill, and part of a concrete water trough. The complex is protected as a technical monument.


A family had the right to live in the Kasarna if one of its members was employed in the iron forge. On average, 15 families lived in the building, sharing the kitchen, toilets, entrance hall, woodshed, and other common spaces. The kitchen and a room of the workers' dwelling reflect life in the 1930s and 1940s. Using characteristic wooden furniture with ornaments in the bedroom and period kitchen equipment including a built-in wall range, grid iron, coffee grinding-mill and other implements, the life of an iron-workers' family is authentically documented.

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