Upper Sava Valley Museum, Jesenice

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Gornjesavski muzej Jesenice
Cesta Franceta Prešerna 45, SI-4270 Jesenice
Phone386 (0) 4 583 3500
Fax386 (0) 4 583 3499
Managed byMunicipality of Jesenice
 Municipality of Kranjska Gora
Irena Lačen Benedičič, Director
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The Upper Sava Valley Museum, Jesenice originated in 1951 with the foundation of the ironworks collection at Bucelleni-Ruard Manor House. It cares for the preservation and promotion of the cultural and natural heritage of the Upper Sava Valley region, and for the Alpine and ironworks heritage of the wider Slovenian territory. The museum collections have grown steadily and today the museum runs three venues in Jesenice and the two dislocated venues in Kranjska Gora and Rateče, while in 2010 the renovated warehouse for charcoal in the ironworks complex of Stara Sava in Kolpern and the Slovenian Alpine Museum in Mojstrana opened for public.

Collections and venues

The oldest collections of the museum are located in Jesenice: the Iron-making, Mining and Palaeontologic Collection in Bucelleni-Ruard Manor, the Ethnological Collection in Kasarna and the Kos Manor House in the older part of the town.

Around 20-30 km from Jesenice there are dislocated venues of the Kajžnk Manor House in Rateče and the Liznjek House in Kranjska Gora. The warehouse for charcoal in the ironworks complex of Stara Sava in Kolpern was opened in April 2010 as a venue for cultural events and meetings, while the Alpine Collection got its new housing at Slovenian Alpine Museum in Mojstrana.

Highlights of the collections are the art history collection of ecclesiastic and ironworks motives by Nicola Grassi, Janez Potočnik, Anton Karinger, Heinrich Wettach, Božidar Jakac; the collection of the history of iron-making and of mountaineering; a geological and paleontological collection; and the archives of the Kranjska industrijska družba or KID (Kranjska Industrial Society).

In addition to its permanent exhibitions, the museum organises temporary exhibitions out of its collections and cooperates with institutions from Slovenia and abroad.

Beautiful Wasteland international project

In 2002 the museum was one of the first Slovenian cultural institutions that collaborated as a co-organiser in the EU-funded project. The Lepa Pušča – Schöne Öde – Bella Brulla / Beautiful Wasteland was led by the Universitätskulturzentrum UNIKUM in Klagenfurt (AT), with co-organisers Unione dei Circoli Culturali Sloveni (Zveza slovenskih kulturnih društev), Trieste (IT), Kultur und Kommunikationszentrum St. Johann im Rosental (Kulturni in komunikacijski center Šentjanž v Rožu) (AT) and other partners.

Funded by the Culture 2000 programme of the European Commission, the aim of the project was to encourage regional identity and respect of the "unattractive". Artistic happenings and events opened new perspectives for visitors and above all local inhabitants of the three towns of former industrial significance, the steel-making town of Jesenice, the mining settlement of Cave del Predil, Friuli-Julia-Venezia, and the market town and community of Feistritz im Rosental, Carinthia. The authors focused attention on the themes that are characteristic of all three towns in the border triangle of Austria, Slovenia and Italy: water, abandoned industrial objects, railways, museums, everyday and industrial culture and multilingualism.

Museum library and publishing activities

The museum runs a specialised library and publishes monographies on different local topics concerning the history of places, people habits, and industrial heritage. For example, in 2009 a monography on the history of the Kranjska Industrial Society. The museum's exhibitions are usually accompanied by a catalogue.

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