The Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia Marks Its 70th Anniversary

The Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia marks its 70th anniversary. Opened in 1948 as the Museum of National Liberation, in 1951, it moved to the building of the Cekin Mansion (Slovene: Cekinov grad). In 1962, it was renamed to the Museum of People’s Revolution. In 1994, it was called the Museum of Contemporary History, and in 2001, it received its new name.

To celebrate the anniversary, the Museum will feature an exhibition “(R)Evolution of the Museum in 1948–2018”, which will introduce its visitors to the four periods of the institution’s history. The Museum will join the European Year of Cultural Heritage by holding of this exhibition. Another exhibition “In Search of Freedom” will be dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the student social protests in 1968. Its coordinator is the publishing house “Beletrina”.

The international exhibition “Being a Refugee: European History” is devoted to the problem of the migration crisis. This exhibition is financed by the European funds. Its coordinator is the Institute of Cultural Studies and Theatre History of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna). The exhibition presents migration as an experience typical for European communities for more than one century and as an element of official cultural memory.

A separate exhibition will be devoted to the events of the year 1948 associated with the exception of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia from the Information Bureau, which was of crucial importance to the fate of the country. Since 1996, the permanent exhibition “Slovenes in the Twentieth Century” has been available in the Museum. It is dedicated to the assessment of historical era from 1914 until today. This exhibition highlights the fate of outstanding Slovenes of the twentieth century, their personal histories, objects, documents. It considers in detail the political, economic, military and cultural events in the territory of Slovenia from the beginning of the First World War to the present times.