How Velenje Became a Town

The photos reveal the beginnings of the contemporary Velenje town. The collection encompasses the period between 1945 and 1960 when Velenje started getting its new form.

A small rural borough underneath the Velenje castle converted to a contemporary, organized, modern town, so called "socialist miracle". This was the time of voluntary work and increasing prosperity of Velenje coalmine that enabled the growth of the town.


Exhibitions and events

Mastodon - Palaeontological collection

Permanent exhibition

In the former stables prehistoric finds of two spices of mastodon, predecessors of today's elephant, are exhibited. They were discovered in 1964 in Škale near Velenje. Mastodons strode in...

Šaleška Valley between the 10th and 17th Century

Permanent exhibition

The exhibition presents Šaleška dolina valley from the first written documents dating from the 12th century until the end of the 17th century at the time of a decline of the Middle Age...

Castle Chapel

Permanent exhibition

In the 17th century the northwest protective tower of the castle was altered into a chapel. It was renovated in 1985 and a collection of baroque art from church St. George in Škale was...

African Collection

Permanent exhibition

The collection is composed of objects gathered by Czech academic sculptor František Foit during his 25 years in Africa. It was renovated in 1998 and is the only collection of this kind in...

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

Permanent exhibition

The shop dates from around 1930 and is furnished with original equipment from two shops in Šaleška dolina valley: drawers, counter, old cash box, a stand with glass vessel for sweets,...

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