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Art exhibition: African Art in Velenje
Velenje Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Velenje. Since 1957 it has been housing the Museum of Velenje, which today features eleven permanent museum collections and exhibits. Particularly notable is the collection of African art opened to the public in 1973. It was donated to the town of Velenje by the Czech sculptor, traveller, František Foit.
from 6 March to 31 July (2006-2015)Velenje  
Within the framework of European Capital of Culture, The Museum of Dolenjska will present the urn artistry of Novo mesto with an exhibition of documentary photography and a prestigious monograph on urns from Novo mesto. In the early Iron Age period (8th - 4th century BC), Novo mesto was a large center of population with a large fortified settlement on Marof hill, around which several barrow cemeteries and individual burial mounds have been found. The archaeological excavations, which have been taking place ever since the end of the 19th century, have revealed fifty-three earthen mounds with over thousand studied graves from the early Iron Age, which included a large number of archaeological artifacts. Among them, there are nine bronze urns that represent the height of artistic expression of Iron Age Europe. As an important contribution to global cultural heritage, urns from Novo mesto remind us of the important role Dolenjska region had in the first millennium BC in development of European culture. The urn artists from Novo mesto were among the leading creators in a period when European civilization was only emerging. As the keeper of this important heritage, The Museum of Dolenjska strives to present the public the urns whose aesthetic values still shine after so many centuries, even though they were cast in fragile bronze. Opening Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00-18:00; Saturday+Sunday: 9:00-13:00 in14:00-17:00.
from 25 November to 31 December (2011-2014)Maribor  
Trip / Excursion: Idrija - on the Mercury Route
The technical heritage of Idrija, formed above the Idrija Mercury Mine and developed together with it over the centuries, will be presented to you on the tour of the main technical monuments, all recently renovated, which bear witness to the magnificence of our oldest mining town. You will take a walk around the town with a local guide and learn about the development of the town. Then, you will visit Anthony’s Shaft where you will descend into the underground of the Idrija Mercury Mine and learn about the extraction of the ore, about the mining techniques in different periods, and about the work and lives of miners.   In Idrija, a special type of house of Slovenia was formed in the past – the Idrija miner's house. This residential building, nowadays a museum, was built in the second half of the 18th century. In 1910, 18 people lived in it. In this renovated miner's house, arranged as a museum, you will get to know numerous stories about the lives of the Idrija miner and his family.      The exterior of the house gives an impression of a prominent building, it is surrounded by gardens and the ground floor is furnished as a typical miner’s apartment from the first half of the 20th century After visiting the miner’s house, you will take a walk across a part of the town called ‘Na lejnštatu’ to the Idrija Kamšt, a wooden motive wheel 13,6 m in diameter, which was a part of the mechanism used to pump water out of the depths of the mine. These kinds of wheels – kamšti – operated in several parts of Idrija until the beginning of the 20th century. On the platform above the Kamšt, old engines are displayed, which once served as a means of transport of the ore, and beside it, you can see the channel called ‘Rake’, which was constructed to ensure the constant flow of water on the wooden motive wheel. You can also rest your eyes during a short walk through the Scopoli’s Memorial Garden. After trying some excellent local traditional dishes, you will continue to learn about the importance of the Idrija technical heritage in the past centuries. A museum curator will guide you through a collection of restored mine steam and electrical machines, pumps and haulage machines, which are displayed for the public in the Frančiška's Shaft and you will end your tour in the Idrija Municipal Museum at the Castle Gewerkenegg, which hosts two exhibitions: ‘Five Centuries of the Idrija mine and town' and ‘Idrija Lace – a History Written in Thread’. Here, you will be able to connect everything you have seen and heard during the day in one place. 
from 20 to 31 March (2012-2020)Idrija  
Trip / Excursion: Kindly invited to Idrija and Vojsko - the highest willage in Primorska region
Your tour will start with a visit to the tourist mine Anthony's Shaft, where over 1,200 meters of underground shafts leading from the oldest preserved mine entrance dating back to the year 1500 are open for tourists. For almost half a millennium, the miners walked the 300-meter-long shaft when going into the mine and returned exhausted from their daily labour the same way. In the middle of the 18th century, a stone chapel was built at the end of the shaft, featuring a relief of the Holy Trinity and two statutes of the miners’ patrons – St Acacius and St Barbara. You will see drops of mercury, trickling from black slate, get familiar with miners’ work and even meet the cave dwarf, Berkmandlc. The adventure ends with a 116-step climb up the Attem’s shaft. In the former register office, you can also take a look of the extensive and in-depth multimedia presentation of the history and heritage of the Idrija mine.  This is followed by a visit of the Idrija Municipal Museum at the Castle Gewerkenegg, which is one of the rare castles in Slovenia that never had a feudal function and mainly served the needs of the mine. In the museum, you can visit the exhibition about the 500-year history of the mercury mine and town, an extensive geological collection and a lace exhibition with a special exhibit – a 6m2-large lace tablecloth intended as a present to Jovanka Broz, Tito’s wife.        The tour will continue to Vojsko, where you will try local specialities in the PRI BELEM KAMNU Inn. After lunch, our guide will take you to the Partisan Printing House Slovenia, the partisan burial ground at Vojščica and the viewpoint Hudournik.   The Partisan Printing House belongs to the most well-preserved authentic monuments from World War II. It was the biggest and technically best equipped partisan printing house in the Primorska region.  At the most western part of the village Vojsko, there is a beautiful viewpoint Hudournik. From the top, you can see the lower part of the Idrijca Valley all the way to Most na Soči. Clearly visible are the villages in the Tolmin Hills, to the north you have a view of the Julian Alps with Triglav. On a clear day, you can see distant peeks of Matajur, Kolovrat and the Italian Dolomites.   
from 20 to 31 March (2012-2020)  
Trip / Excursion: Kindly invited to Idrija and Cerkno region
To present the Idrija – Cerkno region in a one-day trip is a difficult task, since it is, with its numerous specifics and a diverse surface, definitely one of those regions where a few hours just fly by. You will start the tour in Idrija, where you will first visit Castle Gewerkenegg. It was built in the 16th century as an administrative building for the mercury mine and served as a storage facility for this precious metal. Today, it hosts the Idrija Municipal Museum, where the visitors can learn about the half-millennium history of the mercury mine, the town of Idrija and the Idrija lace.    You will continue the tour with the visit to the tourist mine Anthony's Shaft, where over 1,200 meters of underground shafts leading from the oldest preserved mine entrance dating back to the year 1500 are open for tourists. For almost half a millennium, the miners walked the 300-meter-long shaft when going into the mine and returned exhausted from their daily labour the same way. In the middle of the 18th century, a stone chapel was built at the end of the shaft, featuring a relief of the Holy Trinity and two statutes of the miners’ patrons – St Acacius and St Barbara. You will see drops of mercury, trickling from black slate, get familiar with miners’ work and even meet the cave dwarf, Berkmandlc. The adventure ends with a 116-step climb up the Attem’s shaft. In the former register office, you can also take a look of the extensive and in-depth multimedia presentation of the history and heritage of the Idrija mine. After lunch, where you will taste and get to know the traditional Idrija žlikrofi with mutton sauce – ‘bakalca’ – and other local specialities, you will continue your way towards Cerkno and visit the Cerkno Museum and in the nearby Novaki, the Partisan Hospital Franja. Partisan Hospital Franja, an authentic monument from World War II, bears witness to humanity and resourcefulness of the then personnel. It was here, in the narrow Pasice gorge, that the doctors, medical staff and others saved lives and took care of the severely wounded soldiers of the partisan army during the harsh months of the German occupation of the Slovenian territory.   
from 20 to 31 March (2012-2020)  
Cultural events: HISTORY OF NOVO MESTO AND ITS MOVABLE HERITAGE, Dolenjska and its People (Exhibition)
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 9.00-17.00; Sunday: 9.00-13.00
from 30 November to 31 December (2012-2014)Maribor  
Cultural events: Doors. Spatial and Symbolic Passageways of Life
In this exhibition, doors are presented as objects of historical heritage offering an insight into the life of the residents of different parts of Slovenia. They tell stories about the people they were made by as well as those who lived behind them. The exhibition brings together all kinds of doors and related objects, from Slovenia’s oldest known doors, keys, and locks sourced from various museums and private collections to modern, state-of-the-art examples. The doors tell stories about life in different parts of the country, the rise and fall of families, the development of homes, the understanding of privacy, openness and closedness, and everyday life and festivities. The exhibition presents various aspects of doors as symbolic passageways, dealing also with keys and thresholds, which have a similar symbolic meaning as doors. It presents the symbolic power of doors as captured in beliefs, customs, habits, proverbs, sayings, etc. Apart from that, it also brings together poems, prose texts, paintings, and sculptures inspired by doors.
from 11 October to 1 November (2013-2014)Ljubljana  
Cultural events: Long Live the Evolution!
This interactive exhibition gives you an insight into how the immense diversity of life on Earth evolved over more than three and a half billion years. Two illustrative computer animations show you how the blue planet and life on it developed over history. A life-size model of a dinosaur, original fossils, and a model of the ship HMS Beagle give you an opportunity to delve into the world of Charles Darwin.
from 25 November to 15 September (2013-2015)Ljubljana  
Art exhibition: Exhibitions in the Old Vine house
A temple of wine tradition and culture, on the frontage of which grows the Old Vine, the oldest vine in the world. Exhibition room with guided tours: - rich wine heritage, - museum exhibits, - ampelographic collection of the Kreuzer pictures of sorts of vines in Štajerska, - Archduke Johann, esteemed for the development of viticulture in Štajerska… - Sale of excellent Štajerska wines – let the price list convince you about the advantageous prices - Excellent place for wine tasting. - Tourist Information Centre. - Attractive event room. Would you like to use it for your event? Contact us. - The honorary seat of Slovene and international associations, sworn to honouring wine and the wine culture.
from 1 January to 31 DecemberMaribor  
Cultural events: Dance Evenings at Ljubljana Castle
These monthly social dance evenings scheduled on Saturdays throughout the year except in July and August are held in the unique surroundings of Ljubljana Castle. The highlight of the year is the Dance under the Stars, held in the castle's courtyard in June. Rather than focusing on a single dance style, the Dance Evenings at Ljubljana Castle feature differently themed dance events appealing to a wide range of social dance lovers. They are an excellent opportunity for dancing to the rhythms of Latin and ballroom dances, the popular salsa, bachata, mambo, Argentine tango, disco hustle, square rumba, West Coast swing, etc.
from 18 January to 20 DecemberLjubljana  
Fair, business and promotion exhibition: Small Castle Antique Market
Castle masters – Small castle antique market This year’s cycle of Castle Masters in Maribor brings to the city centre interesting, new happenings!   Every third and fourth Saturday in the month, from 16 th March up to the end of the year between 9. 00 and 13.00 hours, the squares Trg svobode and Grajski trg in Maribor will be full of exciting antiques! On stalls about30 members of the Collectors Association of Slovenia will present, exchange and sell articles from their big and interesting collections. On view will be badges, old money, old pictures, photographs, cameras, uniforms, clocks and watches, pieces of furniture, tableware, ceramics, weapons and many other things that were once used in everyday life. Today these treasures are exceptionally interesting to see or buy!   Castle masters - antique dealers invite you to come and buy, exchange or just look at noble and valuable old articles; they will also be glad to advise you..
from 15 March to 27 DecemberMaribor  
Culinary event: Open kitchen - food market
The Open Kitchen is a food market where you can experience the delights of freshly cooked food prepared by different Slovenian chefs right there in front of you, on the market stalls. On Fridays from mid-March to October, the Open Kitchen offers you an opportunity to meet Slovenian chefs, taste Slovenian and international dishes, and learn about different methods of food preparation. The choice of food on offer is wide and varied. Each Friday, the market features around thirty different food providers, including modern restaurants, traditional gostilnas, tourist farms, and independent chefs wanting to promote their offerings. The cooking is done to the accompaniment of music and entertainment. In case of bad weather, the market may be cancelled.
from 20 March to 31 October  
Cultural events: The Mummy and the Crocodile: The Slovenians Exploring the Lands along the Nile
After nearly a century, the National Museum of Slovenia is putting on display the Egyptian Collection of its predecessor, the Provincial Museum of Carniola. The exhibition reveals the stories of three Slovenian Egyptologists who brought the objects in the collection over to Slovenia. It is not widely known today that a number of successful explorers of Africa were Slovenian, despite the fact that the achievements of the Slovenian Egyptologists Anton Lavrin, Ignacij Knoblehar, and Josef Švegel (Josef Schwegel in German) were on a par with those of their contemporaries exploring the ancient Egyptian civilization. Apart from the objects that the three Egyptologists donated to the Provincial Museum of Carniola, it was also the stories of their experiences in exotic lands that stirred the imagination of the Slovenian public of their time. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the mummy of Isahta (A-Keswy-Ta), a priest of Amon, which aroused great public interest at the time it was brought over to Ljubljana along with a stuffed crocodile. The mummy kept at the National Museum is the only human mummy to be held in Slovenia.
from 21 March to 31 DecemberLjubljana  
Cultural events: Aquae Iasae - archaeological exhibition
Aquae Iasae is the first exhibition to bring together the extraordinary archaeological finds discovered during the latest excavations in the area of the Croatian town of Varaždinske Toplice, carried out by the Zagreb Archaeological Museum. In the autumn, the exhibition will also be on display in Zagreb, Croatia. From the 1st to the 4th century AD, the area around the town of Varaždinske Toplice in north-western Croatia was the site of a thermal spring and a Roman settlement called Aquae Iasae. Systematic research conducted in the area since 1953 by the Antiquity Department of the Zagreb Archaeological Museum yielded the discovery of a complex of public buildings consisting of a bathing area with various building facilities, pools, and a basilica, and an open area with a temple surrounding the spring. The latest archaeological research, conducted between 2011 and 2012, yielded the discovery of highly interesting Roman architectural solutions and numerous stone monuments, reliefs, inscriptions, and sculptures testifying to the extraordinary importance of Aquae Iasae as a Roman thermal spa centre.
from 21 May to 26 OctoberLjubljana  
Cultural events: Emona: A City of the Empire
The exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of the Roman city of Emona, built two millenniums ago on the site of the present-day Ljubljana. Learn about the city's birth, life and decline, the everyday life of its residents, and the heritage they left behind. The Roman colony Emona was founded on the site of the present-day Ljubljana almost precisely 2000 years ago. The remnants of the city, which had existed for 500 years, were being explored already in the Middle Ages. Since then, the knowledge about the ancient predecessor of Ljubljana has grown tremendously, but the most recent archaeological explorations carried out in the centre of Ljubljana have yielded yet another set of remarkable new findings.
from 30 to 31 May (2014-2015)Ljubljana  
Trip / Excursion: Istrian fairytale SHORT TRIP between Istrian villages
LAND OF REFOŠK Feel the Istrian atmosphere on the hinterland and relax by the sea in the afternoon! A trip where you will forget your everyday trouble! Price: from 26,90 €/person
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Trip / Excursion: KOPER CARD
KOPER CARD - the key that opens the city gates and allows you to explore easily the city centre of Koper.With the ENTRANCE TICKETS (coupons) received at the purchase of the TOURIST CITY CARD, the visit to the four main city monuments is free of charge.You can also choose between the available providers and use two EXPERIENCES. To use the offer, simply show your KOPER CARD to each provider, present the right coupon received at the purchase of the TOURIST CITY CARD.There are numerous offers on the way around the city offered by the KOPER CARD; discounts and presents at the city providers identified by the KOPER CARD label. The discounts may be used MANY times during the validity period of the card, at every purchase or service order at the providers.KOPER CARD can be used from the day of purchase until 31/5/2015. It means that, as an owner of the card, you can make use of the discounts many times and visit the MONUMENTS and EXPERIENCE providers until the expiry date once.And there is more. After the expiry date, KOPER CARD becomes a souvenir. How? Attach the magnetic label, received at the time of purchase of the EXPERIENCE card to the back of the card, and you will get a unique souvenir from Koper.The card is available in four different designs.With the purchase of the KOPER CARD you receive:the tourist city card;a magnetic label;4 coupons valid as entrance tickets;2 experience couponsinstructions for the use of the card;a handy packaging.
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