In 1964, extensive earthworks were made in Škale pri Velenju due to the sinking of the land. One of the engineers found remains of large bones. The excavations were carried out by the Institute of Geology of the University in Ljubljana (now the Geology Department at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering of the University in Ljubljana) and preparation by the Museum of Natural History in Ljubljana.
Paleontological research showed that the discovered bones, tusks and other parts of teeth belonged to proboscideans, which had inhabited the Šalek Valley approximately 3 million years ago. The results showed that there were two species of the Proboscidean fossils: Anancus arvernensis and Mammut (Zygolophodon) borsoni.
The collection displays three tusks, other teeth and parts of skeleton, while there are also some fossilized remains of fruits from the plants of that time which represent the flora. The plastics of the Anancus arvernensis species were created by the academic sculptor Dora Novšak following the model from the Viennese Natural History Museum. The picture in the background is Tomaž Perko’s work and shows the Šalek Valley when it was populated by the mentioned proboscideans (anancus and mastodons).

Exhibitions and events

Between the romanesque and baroque periods

Permanent exhibition

The exhibition presents the area of the Šalek Valley from the first written mentions of the valley in the 12th century to the end of the 17th century, when its medieval society started to disappear....

Castle Chapel

Permanent exhibition

The castle chapel, which was newly consecrated in 2016, is located in the north-west defence tower, which was given a new role in the 17th century. The chapel, where quite a few domestic noble...


Permanent exhibition

The collection displays objects that were collected by the Czech academic sculptor František Foit during his travel and stay in Africa from 1947 to 1971. Everyday objects are on display (small...

Old shop - Reconstruction of a shop with mixed goods from the beginning of the 20th Century

Permanent exhibition

The collection represents a reconstruction of a general merchandise store from the first half of the 20th century. The collection is equipped with original furniture from various shops: market...

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