About Idrija Municipal Museum
Idrija Municipal Museum is a general character museum, widely recognised for its care for technical heritage of Idrija Mercury Mine, the second largest mercury mine in the world, the heritage of hand-knitting Idrija lace and the famous Second World War Partisan Hospital – Franja. We have been rewarded for our 70 years of professional and dedicated work in the field of cultural heritage. In 1997, the museum received the Luigi Micheleti award and was declared the best European museum of industrial and technical heritage.
Technical heritage monuments that the museum manages, among other things, were included in the World Heritage List in 2012 along with other mining heritage of Idrija, and Franja Partisan Hospital received the European Heritage Label in 2015 as the first site in Slovenia. The museum develops its activities in its parent unit in Idrija and a dislocated unit in Cerkno. It manages exceptional monuments of immovable heritage which the Municipality entrusted it to manage, or were eventually brought under its auspices.
The central task of the Idrija Municipal Museum is the care of movable and intangible heritage in the fields of history, ethnology, art history and technical heritage in the Idrija and Cerkno regions. This means that we gather objects on the field, document them, store and safeguard them, we research, exhibit and thus popularise our institution and the heritage in general.
The museum underlines its role in the education process, particularly in the area of homeland history, and represents a link between the textbook history and the remains of the past in the field with its permanent and occasional exhibitions. The exhibition activity is complemented by issuing professional publications and catalogues, various educational programmes, learning classes and workshops for the youngest and our youth, as well as the guided tours, lectures and presentations for adults. By digitisation of our stored material, we are one of those museums and other institutions that allow accessibility to cultural heritage for a wide general public through modern information technologies.
What is a museum?
A museum is a place of meeting, integrating, educating and multi-cultural dialogue. A place where we can ask questions and get answers, where it is allowed to think and wonder. We at the museum build an awareness of loyalty to the place where we live, respect values that have shaped the lives of our ancestors and should remain a part of the modern world as universal values.