Tržič Museum


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Tržiški muzej
Muzejska 11, SI-4290 Tržič
Phone386 (0) 4 592 3810
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Managed byMunicipality of Tržič
Jana Babšek, Director
Phone386 (0) 4 592 3810
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Established in 1964 within the former Peko shoemaking factory, Tržič Museum focuses primarily on the shoemaking industry, for which Tržič is known throughout the country. It preserves around 8000 museum items arranged in several collections and manages several venues and sites, Pollak cottage, Kurnik House, Homogea, Mauthausen concentration camp, ironworks Germovka in Paradiž, and the Partisan technique of Kokra detachment in Dolina above Tržič.


By the end of the 19th century virtually every second house in Tržič accommodated a shoemaker's workshop, but in the 20th century the trade slowly became more industrialised, culminating in the development of Peko, in its day one of the most modern footwear factories in Europe.

The beginning of the museum activity goes to 1952 when the local museum society began to stimulate cultural activities in the field of technical, trade, and ethnological heritage.


The museum collections present the entire shoemaking process, from the selection of the leather to the making of a shoe. On display are a range of shoemaker's tools, accessories, and machinery, plus documents and photographs relating to the footwear industry and the heritage of the shoemakers' associations (guilds, co-operatives, societies).

The oldest museum objects (in a reconstructed shoemaker's workshop) date from the last quarter of the 19th century, but most of them originated in the period between the two world wars or after World War II.

Situated nearby, close to the artificial water channels (themselves listed as a national technical monument) below Neuhaus Castle is a craftsman's cottage which was once owned by the well-known Pollak family of Tržič. Here the museum manages a series of crafts and industry displays which introduce the town's tanners, shoemakers, wheelwrights, charcoal burners, weavers, and textile manufacturers and dyers, along with a local history collection and a geological-palaeontological collection. The latter was donated to the museum by the Association of Friends of Minerals and Fossils and features specimens of fossils from the world-famous site of Permian brachiopods, the Dovžan Canyon and the Geological Path.

The Kurnik House, named after the Kurnik family of cartwrights, was donated to the museum by the last owner, dressmaker Mici Kurnik, in 1967. By 1972 it had been renovated into a museum collection of the Tržič dwelling culture and the literary circle around Vojteh Kurnik (1826–1886), folk poet and collector of folk literature. The upper floor houses a gallery. The wooden house, with wooden fretted corridor on the upper floor, is a carpenter's masterpiece from the beginning of the 18th century and worthwhile seeing already because of this.

The local history collection consists mainly of material from both world wars and Mauthausen concentration camp, but also of other historical aspects (archaeological material, Ljubelj road, post-war construction). Two permanent exhibitions are on display in a former frontier guardhouse at Mauthausen concentration camp under Ljubelj presenting internees, and in a reconstructed printing house above Dovžan Canyon presenting the Partisan technique of Kokra detachment.

The cultural history collections of society and literary life, school items, stylish furniture, some personal and family legacies, and the numismatic, stamp, and seal collection are partly displayed at Pollak and Kurnik houses.

The youngest is the national winter sport collection, which presents the development of Slovene winter sports, especially skiing, and was donated in 2007 with the help of collector Aleš Guček.


The museum also carries out gallery activities and manages a permanent collection of 125 art works, depicting Tržič or by artists of Tržič origins (Milan Batista, Jože Meglič, Kamilo Legat, Vinko Ribnikar, Dušan Premrl, Ferdo Mayer). Several exhibitions yearly are on display in Pollak cottage, Kurnik house, Vogal Gallery and Atrij Gallery of Tržič Municipality.

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