Slovenians in the 20th Century: A Permanent Exhibition at the National Museum of Contemporary History

  • Investor (key institution): National Museum of Contemporary History
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  • Year of implementation: 1996
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Slovenia
  • Region: Central Slovenia
  • Town: Ljubljana
  • Size of area: 463 m2
  • Impact: regional

    Total costs: EUR

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    Important stakeholders concerned - names of the institutions

    • other: National Museum of Contemporary History
    1. Improved provision of local cultural and social events.

      On 20th June, 1996, after several years of scientific preparation, the permanent exhibition Slovenians in the 20th Century was opened in the National Museum of Contemporary History. In eight halls (462.7 m² of exhibition space), the Museum presents the most important events, processes and all forms of life and work on Slovenian territory in an inseparable unity from the beginning of the First World War onwards. The exhibition is organized so as to trigger an emotional and rational response of individual visitors and in other media find additional answers to questions and issues the museum presents with its own resources. It has to be noted that the twentieth century was one of the most stirring periods of the Slovenian history. Slovenians experienced several states and types of government, survived two World Wars, experienced socialism, entered the technological revolution and in our final war, the war for independence, achieved a sovereign state. This political and social framework is the basis of the story told by the multi-room exhibition, regularly updated in recent years.


    The National Museum of Contemporary History lists, collects, documents, protects, studies and presents the heritage of the Slovenian ethnic space, national minorities, emigrants and immigrants from the beginning of the 20th century onwards – focusing on the First and Second World Wars, the First and Second Yugoslavias and independent Slovenia. The Museum stores museal items, works of art and posters, documentary and art photos, and sound and movie recordings. It has a rich library and archives. All museal collections are supplemented through collection, purchase and donation.

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