National Museum of Contemporary History is the main museum collection which represents the way of life in Slovenia in the 20th and 21st century, from the World War I to the present days.
National Museum of Contemporary History is situated in the Cekin Mansion in the city park Tivoli. It is divided into eight rooms, with more than 450 square meters. Each room represents one of the permanent collections, for one distinct historical time in Slovenian history.
Parts of permanent exhibitions:
• World War I – one part of exhibition is set into a reconstruction of a waiting room at the train station as a metaphoric tribute to all the soldiers that fought in the war. One part portrays the life on the frontlines, with added sounds and light effects.
• The twenties – big clothes collection which shows poorness after the war, mixed with optimism and the feeling of new beginnings.
• The thirties – this was the time of the first technology, movies and actors. Apart from that, objects represent Yugoslavia, big depression and the representation of the day to day life.
• World War II – representation of this devastating time in Slovenian history is divided into four categories with multiple presentations of black and white photographs playing on the walls in the room.
• The fifties – another after war era, filled with mixed feelings of optimism and sadness, which can be felt through the displayed items.
• Slovenian economy – 1950 to 1980 were the times of socio-political and economic changes, which were very important for development in the next years.
• The eighties – death of Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito brought changes in the economy and politics. This was the time of sports and music, which brought people together.
• Independent Slovenia – on 25.6.1991, the Republic of Slovenia became an independent country and the Ten days war followed.
Temporary exhibitions are also common in the National Museum of Contemporary History. They are usually dedicated to one of the era in the history.
You can reach Cekin mansion only by foot. Take a walk through Tivoli City Park, until you reach Jakopičeva promenade and then turn right. The museum is on the end of the promenade.