Murska Sobota Regional Museum

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Pomurski muzej Murska Sobota
http://www.pok-muzej-ms.si
pok-muzej-ms@guest.arnes.si
Trubarjev drevored 4, SI-9000 Murska Sobota
Phone386 (0) 2 527 1706
Fax386 (0) 2 521 1155
RegionSI-9
Founded byMunicipality of Murska Sobota
Metka Fujs, Director
metka.fujs@guest.arnes.si
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Past Events
  • 24 September 2016
    A presentation by Meta Fujs (Murska Sobota Regional Museum) at 15th edition of The Best in Heritage: Projects of Influence at Theatre Marin Držić in Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Founded in 1955 by the Prekmurje Museum Society, the Murska Sobota Regional Museum found a permanent home in Murska Sobota Castle in 1956. From its initial 186 square metres the museum has since then expanded its premises to an area of 2,000 square metres. The museum is the main regional institution for the protection of movable cultural heritage in the Pomurje region.

Institutional history

The beginnings of the Murska Sobota Regional Museum are connected with the Prekmurje Museum Society, which was established in 1935. The collection of the Prekmurje Museum Society was first indexed during the Second World War by Avgust Pavel. In 1978 the museum became a working unit of Murska Sobota Cultural Centre, which was renamed in 1984 to Miško Kranjec Cultural Centre, Murska Sobota. In 1987 it acquired the status of general museum for Pomurje. It was established as an independent cultural institution in 1992 by the Municipality of Murska Sobota. With the reorganisation of the municipalities the museum remained without proprietors for many years. The problems were solved in 2007 with a new act established by the Municipality of Murska Sobota and the Municipality of Moravske Toplice.

Programme and mission

The museum records, collects, researches, documents, conserves, educate, and presents all types of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The intertwined cultural influences of the neighbouring provinces and countries have resulted in a unique creativity that comes from ethnic, national, and religious diversity. The museum performs a public service for all municipalities in this region and is also responsible for recording and documenting intangible heritage in Porabje (Hungary) and Radgona corner (Austria), where a part of the Slovene national minority lives. Its activity includes archaeology, ethnology, history and art history, conservation and restoration, and a professional library. The museum offers educational programmes for children and adults, including workshops and lecture activities.

Locations and branches

In addition to the main location at Murska Sobota Castle, the museum has many separate locations: the Beltinci Museum Collection in the Beltinci Castle; the Gornja Radgona Museum Collection in Špital, Gornja Radgona; Radenska Museum Collection; Vaneča Memorial Room – District Committee of the Association of National Liberation War Veterans Murska Sobota; Memorial Room of Dr Fran Kovačič, Veržej; Miško Kranjec Homestead; Grad Castle, Grad - Krajinski park Goričko; the Memorial Room of Štefan Hozjan, Brezovica; Pečarovci Museum Collection of the Fire Brigade; the Memorial Room of Dr Anton Trstenjak, Rodmošci.

Collections

The collected material is arranged into different collections: the archaeological collection includes over 7,000 stone items, Eneolithic material from Šafarsko and Bukovnica, Bronze Age material from Dolnji Lakoš and Gornja Radgona, settlements in Dolga vas, Ivanci, sepulchral mounds and burial-grounds in Dobrovnik, Gančani, Vučja gomila, Gerlinci, Motvarjevci, Čikečka vas, Dokležovje, Rakičan, Strehovci and Mačkovci, Bronze Age settlement Oloris; the ethnological collection includes over 2,000 items of farming and household activities (a pottery collection, a shoemaker collection, a belt-making collection and a collection of farming utensils, folk art artefacts, recording elements of folk and mass culture ...); the art historian collection includes over 2,000 items of fine arts and crafts, art photography by Jožef Kološa, the legacy of painter Alojz Eberl, musical instruments, the collection of caricaturist Ladislav Kondor; the historian collection includes over 11,000 items of numismatics, photos, publications, technical objects, documents, textile items, smaller items; the library collection houses over 14,500 inventory units; and the medical collection of Pomurje region, collected by Nikolaj Szepessy, a doctor from Beltinci.

Exhibitions

The museum's main permanent collection, set up in autumn 1997, is located in the Murska Sobota Castle and presents life in the region along the Mura River from prehistoric times until today. For this exhibition the museum won the European Museum of the Year Award in 1999.

Other permanent exhibitions are in the separate locations, among them the History of Health in Pomurje Region in the Beltinci castle; in Gornja Radgona: Bridges of Radgona; in Grad: Handicrafts Workshops and Domestic Activities; in Brezovica: Štefan Hozjan, Royal Imperial Pilot; and in Velika Polana: At the Advanced Printing.

There are also many contemporary exhibitions taking place in Murska Sobota Regional Museum; an exhibition in 2009 HA, this was an Artistic Soul was a part of a programme of the first International Ceramics Triennial Unicum.

Awards

The museum and its curators have won numerous awards. In 1998 the museum curators won the Valvasor Award for Curators. In 1987 Vlasta Koren won the Valvasor Award for Lifetime Achievement. The Plaque of the Municipality of Murska Sobota for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Museology was received in 1992 by Irena Šavel and the Plaque of Municipality of Murska Sobota for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Culture was received by Metka Fujs in 2001. In the same year Janez Balažic won the Izidor Cankar Award for Research in Medieval Painting and in 2002 he also received the Plaque of the Municipality of Murska Sobota for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Culture. In 2003 the same award was bestowed also to Branko Kerman. The Valvasor Award for Exhibition-Project At the Turn of the Millenium was received by Metka Fujs in 2003. In the same year Irena Šavel received the Award of Archaeological Society of Slovenia for the book on Oloris.

Publishing

The periodical publication Anthology of Murska Sobota Regional Museum [Zbornik soboškega muzeja] is the first periodical publication in the region dedicated to sociology and science, published since 1990. Four documentary-feature films on time (Naravni in božji čas, Biografski čas, Merilci časa, Družbeni odnos do časa) directed by Aleš Nadai are the result of the project "At the Turn of the Millennium". The museum regularly publishes exhibition catalogues, sound recordings, and other promotional material.

International cooperation

The cooperation with Lendava-Lendva Gallery and Museum and Pável Ágoston Museum in Monošter (Hungary) in the project "Sense of Place" started in 2009. The main goal was to realise a new permanent exhibition in Monošter and to renovate the premises for the realisation of the permanent educational programme in Murska Sobota, Lendava, and Monošter. The Murska Sobota Regional Museum takes part also in the international project "Handicrafts Academy".

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