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Museum of Natural History of Slovenia
Museum of Natural History of Slovenia functions as both a research institution (terrain work on study collections) and as a showroom for national, European and worldwide collections which demonstrate changes in biodiversity, the development of natural history thought and the different techniques of collection and preparation of samples.

National Museum of Slovenia
National Museum of Slovenia is the country's oldest cultural and scientific institution, originating as the Provincial Museum of Carniola, which was established in 1821 and became the National Museum in 1921. In 1923 its ethnographic collections were removed from the National Museum in order to establish the Slovene Ethnographic Museum as an independent institution, and in 1933 a major part of its fine arts collections were likewise transferred to the newly-established National Gallery of Slovenia.

Slovene Ethnographic Museum
The origins of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum (SEM) may be traced back to the ethnographic collections of the Carniolian Museum, established in 1821, although its immediate precursor was the Royal Ethnographic Museum, founded in 1923. In 1997 the Museum moved to its current location, an ex-barracks at Metelkova, to which an additional modern museum building was added in 2004.

Coal-mining Museum
The museum may be visited by any person from the age of 7. Visitors will be equipped with protective coats and helmets free of charge, sports shoes are recommended. The tour into the pit is possible only under guidance of an authorised guide. The interval between guided tours is 20 minutes.

Technical Museum
The Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia, which has been established as a result of quality work of numerous generations of Slovenian coal-miners, is a joint venture of the Velenje Coal Mine (the most state of the art and the largest coal mine in Slovenia with the annual production of 4 million tons of lignite), Velenje City Council and Velenje Museum.

Kropa Iron Forging Museum
Located in the narrow valley beneath the Jelovica plateau, Kropa has preserved the appearance of an old iron-making settlement. The themes of the museum cover the technical and historical development of iron-working from iron ore to nail. The museum introduces the commercial, social, demographic and cultural circumstances of the settlement and neighbouring sites from the 15th century to the close of the iron foundry tradition in the 19th century, and the development of hand-made nails in the 20th century.

Idrija Municipal Museum
Idrija Municipal Museum was founded in 1953 as the Museum of Idrija and Cerkno, regions which lie on the borderline between the Karst and the pre-Alpine regions. The museum’s main aim has been to preserve, present and research the technical heritage of the mercury mine, which is of European significance, and the ethnological features of the life of miners and peasants.

Koroška Museum
Koroška Museum, Ravne na Koroškem opened in 1953 at Ravne Castle (Streiteben in German), a fortress built in the 16th century by the Hebenstreits. In the 17th century a foundry was built close to the castle on a terrace beside the River Meža, and this later developed into the well-known steelworks.

Kobarid Museum
Kobarid Museum displays exhibits on the events that occurred during World War I on the Soška fronta - Isonzo Front. It covers two and a half years of static fighting and portrays in detail the 12th Isonzo battle, also known as the Caporetto breakthrough. The latter is one of the major battles in the history of mankind having taken place in hilly terrain.


Finžgar's House
Finžgar's birth house is a house in the village of Doslov?e in the Žirovnica municipality in Slovenia. It is the house where the Slovene writer Fran Saleški Finžgar was born in 1871. As well as a museum about the writer, it is a museum of rural architecture and living during the late 19th century.

Prešeren's House
Prešeren's birth house is a house in the village of Vrba in the Žirovnica municipality in Slovenia. It is the house where the Slovene poet France Prešeren was born in 1800. The Slovene theologian Archbishop Anton Vovk was also born in the same house in 1900. The house is a good example of an Upper Carniolian farm house. Since 1939 it has housed a small museum collection with furnishings from the poet’s time.

Franja Partisan Hospital
The Franja Partisan Hospital was a secret World War II hospital at Dolenji Novaki near Cerkno in western Slovenia. It is now a museum. It was run by Yugoslav Partisans from December 1943 to the end of the war as part of a broadly organized resistance movement against the Fascist and Nazi occupying forces. Although Wehrmacht occupying forces launched several searches for the hospital, it was never discovered.

Tolmin museum
Tolmin museum is public institution which covers the areas of archaeology, ethnology, general history and history of arts at upper Soca Valley region in Slovenia. It is located in the Coronini mansion in Tolmin.

Stari Pisker
Stari Pisker is a former prison in Celje, Slovenia. During World War II the German occupation forces committed many war crimes in the city and 374 hostages were executed at the Stari pisker Prison in 1944. The prison once underwent an inspection by Heinrich Himmler.