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History of the Museum

  1. The Provincial Estates of Carniola pass a decision to establish a provincial museum called the Estate Museum of Carniola (Krainisch Ständisches Museum). The Carniolan Agricultural Society takes on its management. The museum receives its first premises in the Pogačnik house in Salendrova ulica.
    1821

    The Provincial Estates of Carniola pass a decision to establish a provincial museum called the Estate Museum of Carniola (Krainisch Ständisches Museum). The Carniolan Agricultural Society takes on its management. The museum receives its first premises in the Pogačnik house in Salendrova ulica.

  2. Emperor Franz I approves the establishment of the museum and determines that a provincial museum should be named: Provincial Museum of Carniola (Krainisches Landesmuseum).
    1826

    Emperor Franz I approves the establishment of the museum and determines that a provincial museum should be named: Provincial Museum of Carniola (Krainisches Landesmuseum).

  3. The first permanent museum exhibition in the lyceum building, which stood on what is today Vodnikov trg.
    1831

    The first permanent museum exhibition in the lyceum building, which stood on what is today Vodnikov trg.

  4. Count Franz von Hohenwart, the first warden of the museum, publishes the first guide to the museum collections.
    1836

    Count Franz von Hohenwart, the first warden of the museum, publishes the first guide to the museum collections.

  5. The Carniolan Provincial Assembly passes the decision on the construction of a new museum building with the financial support of the Carniolan Savings Bank.
    1881

    The Carniolan Provincial Assembly passes the decision on the construction of a new museum building with the financial support of the Carniolan Savings Bank.

  6. Emperor Franz Joseph permits the museum to be renamed the Provincial Museum of Carniola – Rudolfinum (Krainisches Landesmuseum – Rudolfinum) in honour of the successor to the throne.
    1882

    Emperor Franz Joseph permits the museum to be renamed the Provincial Museum of Carniola – Rudolfinum (Krainisches Landesmuseum – Rudolfinum) in honour of the successor to the throne.

  7. The Emperor lays the foundation stone of the new museum building (on the 600th anniversary of the accession of Carniola to Austria).
    1883

    The Emperor lays the foundation stone of the new museum building (on the 600th anniversary of the accession of Carniola to Austria).

  8. The new museum building is open to the public – the first building dedicated exclusively to culture on Slovenian soil.
    1888

    The new museum building is open to the public – the first building dedicated exclusively to culture on Slovenian soil.

  9. The Provincial Museum of Carniola – Rudolfinum is renamed the National Museum.
    1921

    The Provincial Museum of Carniola – Rudolfinum is renamed the National Museum.

  10. Independence of the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum.
    1923

    Independence of the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum.

  11. The museum releases a large part of the painting and sculpture collection to the newly established National Gallery.
    1933

    The museum releases a large part of the painting and sculpture collection to the newly established National Gallery.

  12. Independence of the Museum of Natural History.
    1944

    Independence of the Museum of Natural History.

  13. The entire older archives are taken over by the Central National Archives of Slovenia.
    1945

    The entire older archives are taken over by the Central National Archives of Slovenia.

  14. The museum opens a cultural and historical collection at Bled Castle.
    1957

    The museum opens a cultural and historical collection at Bled Castle.

  15. By covering the central courtyard, the museum acquires a new depot and a hall for temporary exhibitions as well as other events.
    1991

    By covering the central courtyard, the museum acquires a new depot and a hall for temporary exhibitions as well as other events.

  16. The National Museum is renamed the National Museum of Slovenia.
    1997

    The National Museum is renamed the National Museum of Slovenia.

  17. The museum opens its new building, National Museum of Slovenia – Metelkova in the Metelkova museum district.
    2008

    The museum opens its new building, National Museum of Slovenia – Metelkova in the Metelkova museum district.

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