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In the former stables prehistoric finds of two spices of mastodon, predecessors of today's elephant, are exhibited. They were discovered in 1964 in Škale near Velenje.

Mastodons strode in Šaleška dolina valley about two million years ago. The most interesting item is a plastic mastodon in natural size, made from polyester by academic sculptor Dora Novak.

The bones of mastodon are exhibited in the glass cases. On the wall hangs an impressive oil painting by Tomaž Perk showing Šaleška dolina valley in the beginning of the ice age.


  The exhibition presents Šaleška dolina valley from the first written documents dating from the 12th century until the end of the 17th century at the time of a decline of the Middle Age society.
The exhibition is divided in three parts: ecclesiastic, aristocratic and peasant. In the first part the accent is on Romanic presbytery, three late Gothic statues, sacral vessels, the original frescoes from the Švarcenštajn castle and the reconstruction of the stone altar St. Jošt from Paški Kozjak. The second part of the exhibition displays a smokehouse, the living environment of peasants. Exhibited small objects - archeological finds discovered in the castles Šalek and Kacenštajn are extremely valuable.


In the 17th century the northwest protective tower of the castle was altered into a chapel. It was renovated in 1985 and a collection of baroque art from church St. George in Škale was exhibited.

The church was destroyed in the middle of the 20th century due to the excavation of coal and the sinking grounds. Exhibited statues from this church are made by Ferdinand Gall, the painting of Janez Nepomuk is made by Janez Andrej Strauss.


The collection is composed of objects gathered by Czech academic sculptor František Foit during his 25 years in Africa.

It was renovated in 1998 and is the only collection of this kind in Slovenia. It contains chairs made from one piece of wood that the natives carry around their waist, nicely ornamented pumpkins used as vessel, different ornaments made of clay that are used for decorating the body and the vessels.

African masks and puppets are the astonishing part of the collection. Some works of František Foit and his personal belongings that he used during his research are also exhibited.


The shop dates from around 1930 and is furnished with original equipment from two shops in Šaleška dolina valley: drawers, counter, old cash box, a stand with glass vessel for sweets, a box for storing flour and a petroleum vessel, a drawer for keeping seeds and around 1500 different salable objects from this period.

Today the shop also sells tickets, brochures, souvenirs and sweets.


The original equipment is displayed: simple bar, cupboard, tables and chairs, benches, coat hangers, old gramophone, stove, spittoon. The inn also keeps a rich collection of bottles, siphons and bottles for nonalcoholic drinks called "pokalice" or "kraherli".

Music chest from the end of the 19th century and a wooden refrigerator that does not work on electricity but on ice, are especially interesting.


The photos reveal the beginnings of the contemporary Velenje town. The collection encompasses the period between 1945 and 1960 when Velenje started getting its new form.

A small rural borough underneath the Velenje castle converted to a contemporary, organized, modern town, so called "socialist miracle". This was the time of voluntary work and increasing prosperity of Velenje coalmine that enabled the growth of the town.



The exhibition shows the Second World War period in Šaleška dolina valley in all its extensiveness. Occupation of Slovene Styria and the enemy did not give the Slovene people any chance to survive. The enemy's goal was to entirely Germanize the country in 3 to 5 years. Occupation, violence and terror lead to revolt which was the only way out. The second part of the exhibition is consecrated to the revolt of the Slovene people, the national liberation movement with the emphasis on the activities of the 14th division and capitulation of German unities in Topolščica.

The linking element of the exhibition is poet Karel Destovnik - Kajuh. The exhibition is also consecrated to national heroes Dušan Mravljak - Mrož and Miha Pintar - Toledo and several other warriors, activists and individuals who collaborated in the mass revolt against the enemy. The main element is a cherry blossom from Kajuh's poem that symbolizes antiwar thoughts and summarizes the main idea of the exhibition.


The collection represents rich and diverse development of artistic creation in Slovenia from the beginning of the 20th century until the 21 th century.

The entire collection encompasses 800 works; the exhibition shows 64 paintings and sculptures which clearly present the development of art of painting in Slovenia.


The museum Velenje displays works of a recognized Slovene sculptor Ciril Cesar. It shows different artistic periods from his sculptural beginning and works from academy to most recent ones with statues formed by sticking glass lamella.

The first room displays statues from Cesar's first creative period marked by classically calm, formally and thematically unquestionable academic realism.

The second room shows works influenced by the protest and shock due to the evils of the war: gigantic bodies, torn, dehumanized forms from the cycle of war victims.

The last room shows works made by Cesar's special technique of composing, sticking and crystallizing glass lamella that helps him to obtain shape and also light.

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