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90-Second Slovenian Alpine Museum Advisor

Slovenian Alpine Museum, Mojstrana

Anyone who’s passed through knows that Slovenia is very much an alpine country. The connection to its mountains, both cultural and spiritual, is strong, rich, proud. Like skiing, hiking is a national pastime, second nature to most. You’re just as likely to come across four generations of a family hiking together along a trail as you are an experienced internationally-tested mountaineer. The Slovenian Alpine Museum in Mojstrana is an obvious extension and celebration of that.

Opened in August 2010 just beyond the shadow of Triglav, the country’s highest mountain, at the northern end of the Vrata Valley, the museum, designed by architects Boris LeskovecAlja Vehovec, and Rok Kajtna, boasts a strong collection of local mountaineering artifacts, houses a research library and regularly hosts lectures, temporary exhibits and film and video screenings, focusing on both Slovenian and international mountaineering. The former is especially important; there are few mountains in the world that Slovenian climbers haven’t ascended, notable for a country of just over two million.

Slovenian mountaineer exhibit, Slovenian Alpine Museum
Slovenian mountaineer exhibit, Slovenian Alpine Museum
Antique canteens, Slovenian Alpine Museum
Center, a wooden canteens from the second half of the 19th century. Slovenian Alpine Museum.
Permament collection, Slovenian Alpine Museum
Permament collection, Slovenian Alpine Museum
Alpine association membership cards, Slovenian Alpine Museum
Alpine association membership cards, Slovenian Alpine Museum

Co-founded by the Slovenian Mountaineering Association, it’s conveniently located in Mojstrana, just off of Slovenia’s highway 201, the main road between Jesenice (and points east) and Kranjska Gora in the country’s northwest corner.

The location is more than just convenient; it’s ideal. The base of Triglav’s northern face lies at the southern end of the Vrata Valley, just 10 kilometers away. Few mountain faces in the Julian Alps as dramatic as this one are as readily accessible. Mojstrana is less than an hour’s drive from the capital Ljubljana, about 20 minutes from both Bled and Kranjska Gora, and just 10 from the southern terminus of the Karawanken tunnel.

The site also operates as a tourist info point for Mojstrana and surrounding villages, for Triglav National Park and The Alpine Convention. The gift shop offers a good selection of books, including field guides, hiking guides and local mountain histories. Bike rental is also available.

A few more photos.

Outdoor photo exhibit at the Slovenian Alpine Museum
Outdoor photo exhibit at the Slovenian Alpine Museum
Temporary exhibits, Slovenian Alpine Museum
Temporary exhibits, Slovenian Alpine Museum
Ground level, Slovenian Alpine Museum
Ground level, Slovenian Alpine Museum
Permanent collection at the Slovenian Alpine Museum
From the permanent collection, mountain safety equipment
At the Slovenian Alpine Museum
I’d like a camera like that.
Reception committee, Slovenian Alpine Museum
Reception committee, Slovenian Alpine Museum
Slovenian Alpine Museum from Piran Cafe
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Slovenian Alpine Museum /Slovenski Planinski Muzej
Triglavska cesta 49
4281 Mojstrana
Tel: +386 (0)8 380 67 30

Operating hours:
1 June-14 Sept: 09:00-19:00 daily
15 Sept-31 May: 09:00-17:00 daily
Closed 1 November

€6 adults; €3.60 children, students, seniors

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  1. paula graham says

    Stunning, as always.

    1. Bob R says

      It’s in a beautiful corner of the country. You need to visit some time.

  2. salonuldecreatie says

    Congrats for the article! Slovenia is indeed nice and has a healthy environment, I also visited it during a business trip. Good luck and have beautiful&safe trips!

  3. ledrakenoir says

    Excellent. 🙂

  4. Mick Canning says

    I was immediately reminded of the museum at the Himalayan Mountain Institute in Darjeeling. Have you been to that, Bob?

    1. Bob R says

      No, never been in that part of the world. I’ve come across quite a bit recently from India’s mountain areas. I hope I can make it there while my knees will still allow me to enjoy it. 🙂 How’d you like the area?

      1. Mick Canning says

        Darjeeling and the Himalaya? My favourite part of the world. I got kind of hooked on India and Nepal about 30 years ago.

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