Monfort Exhibition Space
|Obala 8, SI-6320 Portorož/Portorose|
|Managed by||Obalne galerije - Coastal Galleries|
|Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum, Piran|
|Municipality of Piran-Pirano|
|Uroš Hribar, Curator of the shipbuilding and water sports museum|
|Slobodan Simič - Sime, Head of the Museum of Tourism|
|Phone||386 (0) 40 729 555|
|Nives Marvin,, Curator as Coastal Galleries|
|Phone||386 (0) 5 671 2087|
During the early 19th Century, the growing salt industry of Sečovlje demanded a more centralised system for storing salt, which led to the replacement of several smaller and dispersed vaults with a few bigger, newly built storehouses, among them also one called Monfort.
As in recent times salt production decreased significantly, the past decade already saw Monfort occasionally rented for various cultural uses. When all the industrial activities at Monfort were ceased in 2010, the Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum finally found a space big enough to house some of its until then secluded collections.
Museum of Shipbuilding
Spaced through around 500 m2, the museum has two permanent collections housed at Monfort (into where it moved in 2011 and which was further renovated in 2014). One is about traditional shipbuilding, and presents old fishing and cargo boats used on the Northern Adriatic sea, as well as building tools and various other related objects. Also displayed are boat sketches drawn by the shipbuilder.
The second exhibition, on the development of water sports, mostly tracks the history of sport sailing in the region, presenting a number of original early vehicles. Other water sports are also covered, from kayaking to water skiing. Additionally, temporary exhibitions also take place, such as the one on the nautical programme of the Tomos motor factory.
Monfort Contemporary Art Space
The Obalne galerije - Coastal Galleries are running what they call "Monfort Contemporary Art Space", a gallery for contemporary art presenting mostly paintings and sculpture. The unadorned storehouse walls make for an impressive ambience and context.
There are approximately 4 exhibitions annually, with some of the presented artists being, , , , , , , Sandro Chia and Azad Karim.
Museum of Tourism and Hiking
Turistum, as the museum is called, is led by the Mediteranum Institute, which has gathered about 20.000 pieces that relate to the development and heritage of tourism in Slovenia and Northern Istria from the 19th Century onwards. Most of the collection is still waiting to be presented and the museum is currently in development though even now open for visitors.
- Obalne galerije - Coastal Galleries
- Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum, Piran
- Museum of Salt Making, Sečovlje
- Piran Days of Architecture
- Ex-tempore Piran - International Painting and Ceramics
- Monofort on the Obalne galerije - Coastal Galleries website
- The Monofort Collection on the Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum website
- The Mediteranum Institute website (in Slovene)
- An article on the museum of traditional shipbuilding (in Slovene)
- An article on the museum of tourism (in Slovene)