Tomšičeva ulica 44, 4000 Kranj
Phone: +386 (0)4 201 39 50
The Gorenjska Museum was headquartered in Khislstein until 2008, when the owner of the manor, the Municipality of Kranj, began renovations with the help of European funding.
A new permanent exhibition, Gorgeous Gorenjska (Prelepa Gorenjska), is shown in the renovated area of the castle, which leads visitors through major milestones of life in the Gorenjska region, from the early Middle Ages to today. The exhibition begins by showing characteristics of the Gorenjska region, and leads to the time of the arrival of the Slovenes. It teaches about life in castles and the hardships faced by the rural population. It shows an image of old Kranj and how people used to travel and transport goods. The exhibition highlights trade and the beginning of the industrial age, which greatly influenced the development of Kranj. The focal point of the exhibition is the 19th century, from which exceptional individuals of the Gorenjska region who greatly contributed to the shaping of Slovenian national consciousness and identity are presented in a sort of shrine. Visitors can also visit a farmer’s sitting room, see a bride’s wedding dress and admire a sophisticated bourgeois salon from Prešeren’s time.
The story of the new permanent exhibition also mentions the memory of factory workers’ misery and horror during both world wars. It displays the extraordinary industrial achievements of local enterprises and factories. A special place in the exhibition is reserved for Slovenia’s 10-day war of independence in 1991, in which the Gorenjska region played an important role. The museum’s timeline of events concludes with the entry of Slovenia into the European Union.
There is also a museum library and teaching room for the youngest visitors.
Opening hours: from Tuesday till Sunday between 10am and 6pm