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The collections of the museum in Železniki are located in the ironworks building, called the Plavec House, from the first half of the 17th century and are arranged in 12 rooms of the ground, first and second floors.
On the ground floor one can first view the iron-smelting department. Almost 600 years of the history of iron smelting, from digging the iron ore, its transport, smelting in the blast furnace to the production of crude cast iron in the forge into semi-finished products and production to final products at the forge 'fužina' or 'vigenjc'. These two plants present the life of blacksmith families at work in one of 62 forges that used to operate.
On the first floor is the timber department, which displays the trade as an accompanying activity. One can learn of making barrels as packaging for the iron products of that plant; the model in the hall displays "cooking" charcoal, and the model of water-powered saws, or so called "Venetians", presents the method of sawing timber at the beginning of the 20th century. All these activities are presented together with numerous products and original tools. The surroundings of Železniki are also the cradle of producing tiles made of slate in Slovenia; therefore that activity has found its place on the first floor of the museum.
The presentations on the second floor introduce more general history of the town. More than 300 original laceworks in the lace room show the development of the lace-making art from 1881 to today. A smaller collection about the national liberation war offers insight into the events of that time in the Selščica Valley and Železniki. In the room of different associations the fire fighting, reading, educational, theatre and other associations are presented. The tour ends in the memorial room of our kinsman, the academic Professor France Koblar, PhD., the famous and important theatre critic, professor of the history of Slovenian drama, editor and writer of commentaries for the collected works of Slovenian poets and writers, and a regular member of SAZU for many years.
In the square in front of the museum is a technical monument - a blast furnace - the furnace used for smelting iron ore and the only preserved memorial from the times of iron-smelting.