Museum of Apiculture, Radovljica
|Čebelarski muzej Radovljica|
|Linhartov trg 1, SI-4240 Radovljica|
|Phone||386 (0) 4 532 0520|
|Fax||386 (0) 4 532 0524|
|Managed by||Radovljica Municipality Museums|
|Tita Porenta, Curator|
|Phone||386 (0) 4 532 0527|
The Radovljica Mansion was rebuilt in Baroque style by the Counts of Thurn-Valsassina, who owned the manor in the period 1618–1840. The façade of the building is richly stuccoed, and the south-western portal is accentuated with strongly schematised busts of the count's family. Some sections of the adjacent French-modelled Baroque park (once known to locals as "paradise") which once belonged to the manor have been preserved.
The museum displays the rich tradition of Slovene apiculture or beekeeping which was an important branch of agriculture in the 18th and 19th centuries. The technical section of the museum shows the most typical habitats of bees and apicultural tools, the biological room highlights the life and work of the autochthonous bee "kranjska sivka" (apis mellifera carnica), the art exhibition features the unique Slovene folk art of painted beehive front boards. A copy of the apiary of the famous beekeeper(1734–1773) has been installed in nearby Breznica.
Besides the permanent exhibition on Slovene apiculture, there are also workshops and temporary exhibitions organised by the museum such as the 2009 exhibitions on 50 Years of the Museum (Čebelarski muzej 1959–2009) and Beekeeping in Gorenjska and Dolenjska region, co-organised with the Dolenjska Museum Novo mesto. The travelling exhibition of beehive front boards, arranged in 1978 and revised in 2001, hosts at home and abroad (for example, in 2008 in Brussels).
- Museum of Apiculture, Radovljica web pages
- Beekeeping in Slovenia - in Sinfo Magazine
- Virtual collection of folk art painted beehive front boards
- Article about the bee-tourism in Slovenia - from the Guardian Newspaper