Serving the nation

This year is marked by the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the independency of Slovenia and the departure of the last soldier of the Yugoslav People’s Army from our region.

For this purpose, the Museum of Recent History Celje will host a temporary exhibition with the significant title SERVING THE NATION Memories of Slovenian soldiers of the Yugoslav People’s Army.

For a long time, military service on a personal level was considered an initiation into the world of adulthood, and at the same time a male individual was only considered a full member of the state with a completed obligation to the state. This obligatory “service to the nation,” as was the slogan of military service in Yugoslavia, was perceived differently by its soldiers, from necessary evil to the honourable duty, which fills you with pride. Regardless of that, military service in the Yugoslav People’s Army significantly marked the lives of many Slovenes, not only boys who went to serve, but also their closest ones, especially girls and women.

Many individual stories of Slovenian recruits in the YPA merge into our collective and historical memory, which, 30 years after the creation of the independent state, the war of independence and the departure of the last YPA soldier from Slovenia, should be preserved through exhibitions as prepared in the museum.

An e-catalog with collected stories of Slovenian recruits was published and is available in our museum shop.

At the same time, the museum is also hosting a visiting exhibition of the Military Museum of the Slovenian Army entitled The Slovenian Army in the Service of the Homeland.

You can visit both exhibitions until the end of October 2021.

Exhibitions and events

Living in Celje

Permanent exhibition

Permanent exhibition about Celje and its people in the 20th century The permanent exhibition Living in Celje is a unique tribute to the city on the Savinja River. It tells story of everyday life of...

Children's museum Herman's den

Permanent exhibition

Children's museum and the place of children's creativity The exhibition opened in 1995 and is still the only children’s museum in Slovenia. The museum for children draws its contents both from the...

Dentistry collection

Permanent exhibition

Technical heritage of Slovene dentistry The dentistry collection is unique in its contents: it exhibits old instruments and equipment that were used by Slovenian dentists, dental surgeons and dental...

Photographic skylight studio of Josip Pelikan

Permanent exhibition

Photographic studio from the end of the 19 th century This exhibition opened in 1989. The photographer Josip Pelikan worked in the studio from 1920. Today the studio contains a permanent exhibition...

'Stari pisker' Collection

Permanent exhibition

Memorial for victims of Nazi violence The building of the former Minorite monastery was reshaped into a penitentiary; that is when the whole building was given the name 'Stari pisker'. In the...

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