Tolmin Museum


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Tolminski muzej
Mestni trg 4, SI-5220 Tolmin
Phone386 (0) 5 381 1360
Damjana Fortunat Černilogar, Director

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Established in 1950, Tolmin Museum is housed in the baroque Coronini Mansion in the centre of Tolmin. It opened to the public in 1951. In 1958 it was renamed the Tolmin Museum Collection and transferred under the management of the Goriška Museum until April 2000, when it was re-established as an independent public institution serving the municipalities of Bovec, Kobarid, and Tolmin which are situated in the Soča river valley on the western border of Slovenia. The region is known for its historically important market trails and trade routes as well as for decisive army battles which took place there, especially during the World War One. Thus, the material remains of early settlers from the Stone Age to witnesses of recent history are on display.


The mansion was built in the 17th century by the wealthy and influential Coronini family from Gorizia, Italy. They owned the mansion until the Austro-Hungarian land reform in 1848, when Alois Silverius Kremer, knight of Auenrode, bought it together with the castle and buildings. In the following year he sold most of the property to local peasants and in 1871 the remains of the estate were bought by Johann von Permerstein and the knight Filippo Persoglia. Three years later they divided the mansion. The Permersteins owned the part of the building which is today the Dvorec Hotel, and the Persoglias owned the part which was confiscated in the 19th century by the court and is now occupied by the museum. Each change of owner was usually accompanied by rebuilding. The 1976 earthquake caused serious damage to the building and renovation began in 1993.


The museum covers the areas of archaeology, ethnology, general history and history of arts. Collections in the main building include: an archaeological exhibition of objects from the Hallstatt and Roman eras, including clay and stone urns, a tombstone and a fireplace; an art history exhibition which presents keystones from the 15th and 16th centuries, sculptures made by unknown woodcarvers and sculptors from the 16th to the 19th century, and oil paintings on canvas from the 18th and 19th centuries; and an ethnological exhibition comprising the great peasants' revolt in 1713, peasant home furnishings, utensils for making cheese and butter and other farming implements, and a variety of folk artefacts including painted chests, cradles, beehive panels, ornaments on butter models, frescoes on façades and Shrovetide masks, including typical masks from Drežnica. the great peasants' revolt in 1713

{{#oembed:}} In the museum you can also watch a selection of documentaries on recent history. This film from 1968 about a local inventor from Baška grapa by Mako Sajko is one of them.

Dislocated museum units

In addition to the collections and exhibitions in the main building, Tolmin Museum also maintains several external collections and buildings, including the Archaeological Museum with the foundations of a Roman house at Most na Soči; the Birthplace of Simon Gregorčič, Vrsno; the homesteads of Ciril Kosmač in Slap ob Idrijci and Simon Rutar at Krn; the ethnological collections at Trenta Lodge TNP Information Centre and Museum; the Wooden Granary in Pečine; the German Charnel House in Tolmin at the confluence of the Soča and Tolminka rivers made as memorial to German soldiers fallen in 12th offensive in World War One; the Church of St. Mary's Call in Ponikve, renovated by famous Slovene architect Jože Plečnik in 1956; and Jakovka's House at Podbrdo.

Temporary exhibitions

Up to five exhibitions are organised per year on contemporary art, archaeology, history, ethnology and various collections. Tolmin is historically very much connected with the Isonzo front and World War One, so many projects are in collaboration with the Kobarid Museum and the Goriška Museum, which together with Italian partners cover this important historical issue. In 2016 the 100th anniversary of the Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca has been celebrated by the exhibition, based on the family archives of Remigius Geyling, its constructor. Each year the museum offers its public space also to the artworks and photographs made during the MetalDays Festival.

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