Notranjski muzej Postojna

Muzej krasa


Useful Information

Location: In Postojna, Kolodvorska cesta 3.
A1 exit Postojna, turn right, at roundabout again right. From the central place follow road to Planina. About 200m uphill at Hotel Sport turn right, its the road to the train station. Its the second building on the left.
Open: MAY to OCT Tue-Sun 10-18.
NOV to APR Tue-Sun 10-17.
Closed 01-JAN, 02-JAN, 01-NOV, 25-DEC.
[2020]
Fee: Adults EUR 5, School Pupils EUR 3, Preschoolers (0-5) EUR 1, Students EUR 3, Seniors EUR 3, Disabled free.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 3.
[2020]
Classification: SubterraneaMuseum
Light: electric
Dimension: Ar=700m².
Guided tours: available after appointment
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: yes, well equipped
Bibliography: Alma Bavdek, Alenka Čuk, Valentin Schein, Marjetica Simoniti (2020): Predjamski zaklad, the Predjama Treasure Cache, Slovensko - Slovenian English
Alma Bavdek, Alenka Čuk (2017): Muzej je Vaš. 70 let Notranjskega muzeja Postojna Slovensko - Slovenian
Address: Notranjska Museum Postojna, Kolodvorska cesta 3, 6230 Postojna, Tel: +386-572-11090. E-mail:
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History

1950 museum founded by Leo Vilhar.
1974 transformed into the Karst Museum Collection within the Karst Research Institute of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
1990 transformed into an independent institution, the Notranjska Museum Postojna.
2010 the municipality enabled the Museum to start operating in new premises.
26-FEB-2015 the permanent museum exhibition on karst - the Karst Museum - part of the museum.

Description

There has always been a karst museum at Postojna, famed by cavers and other visitors, often closed for political reasons, then reopened, restructured, whatnot. If you went to Postojna during the Yugoslavia era, the museum was located beneath the tourist office at the town square. There were always others who had seen it, but it was always closed why I was there. Then it moved a few buildings up the road, where it was located for decades, but still always closed. At least there was now a sign at the door, and it is still marked in google maps at this location [2020]. But today the museum is reopened in a newly renovated building which is located further up the road and then right at the Hotel Sport.

Notranjska is an old Slovenian name for this area, the Austrians later called it Unterkrain (Lower Carniolia). This museum is dedicated to the area around Postojna, its people, its history, its culture, its geography and geology. So it is not a museum about the caves, its a local history museum. But as much of the local history is strongly related to a cave in one way or another, it actually is about caves. And there was Muzej krasa - Karst Museum, an exhibition about the cultural history of karst exploration. The exhibition once even had its own website, but its gone and only one of those annoying facebook pages remains. And there is an archive section on the museum webpage.

The museum will show you a lot of history about the Notranjska area. How people lived for centuries as farmers, how the country was owned by various foreigners until 1990. How it was at the frontier during two world wars and in between. Its departments are archaeology, biology, ethnological, history, conservation and restoration, and the pedagogical department. But it also has exhibits about caving and which clothes and equipment is needed, with a really impressive diorama of a caver. It explains how the karst struggles for its drinking water supply.

This museum is obviously the museum intended for the locals, not for the millions of tourists. As such it is free for citizens of Postojna and the main language in the museum is Slovenian. Nevertheless it is worth a visit. And it uses modern technology, so install the NEXTO app and you will get a guided tour in Slovenian, English, or Italian. It offers in depth information, explanatory podcasts, and even additionally support for disabled.