Museum of Apiculture, Radovljica


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Čebelarski muzej Radovljica
Linhartov trg 1, SI-4240 Radovljica
Phone386 (0) 4 532 0520
Fax386 (0) 4 532 0524
Managed byRadovljica Municipality Museums
Tita Porenta, Curator
Phone386 (0) 4 532 0527

The Museum of Apiculture, Radovljica, located in the Baroque Radovljica Mansion in the historic centre of Radovljica (together with the Municipal Museum of Radovljica), was founded in 1959 by the executive committee of the Beekeepers' Association of Slovenia in response to an appeal in the journal Slovenski čebelar (Slovene Beekeeper) to collect more material on the ancient practice of beekeeping. The museum was incorporated into the Radovljica Municipality Museums in 1963, thoroughly renovated in 1973, and again from 1996 to 2000.

Museum of Apiculture Bust of Anton Janša.jpg


The Radovljica Mansion was rebuilt in Baroque style by the Counts of Thurn-Valsassina, who owned the manor in the period 1618–1840. The façade of the building is richly stuccoed, and the south-western portal is accentuated with strongly schematised busts of the count's family. Some sections of the adjacent French-modelled Baroque park (once known to locals as "paradise") which once belonged to the manor have been preserved.


The museum displays the rich tradition of Slovene apiculture or beekeeping which was an important branch of agriculture in the 18th and 19th centuries. The technical section of the museum shows the most typical habitats of bees and apicultural tools, the biological room highlights the life and work of the autochthonous bee "kranjska sivka" (apis mellifera carnica), the art exhibition features the unique Slovene folk art of painted beehive front boards. A copy of the apiary of the famous beekeeper Anton Janša (1734–1773) has been installed in nearby Breznica.

Besides the permanent exhibition on Slovene apiculture, there are also workshops and temporary exhibitions organised by the museum such as the 2009 exhibitions on 50 Years of the Museum (Čebelarski muzej 1959–2009) and Beekeeping in Gorenjska and Dolenjska region, co-organised with the Dolenjska Museum Novo mesto. The travelling exhibition of beehive front boards, arranged in 1978 and revised in 2001, hosts at home and abroad (for example, in 2008 in Brussels).

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