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PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS

In the end, we all long for the old days and the people who were with us at the beginning.

Spaces of Beauty

The exhibition displays selected furniture from the museum's collection and introduces visitors to the skills and ancient craftsmanship that enhanced the furniture with various embellishment techniques. Touch screens provide an in-depth introduction to the decoration techniques, artists, clients, the buildings from which the furniture originated, the ways in which it was acquired by the museum, etc. The exhibition completes the communication of the Maribor Regional Museum's furniture collection, which began with the open storage in Kino Partizan, and places it in the international cultural space.

Portrait of the Bourgeoisie

The exhibition Portrait of the Bourgeoisie focuses on cultural life in Maribor in the 19th century. On the one hand, it highlights the vibrant social life that was dictated by the numerous associations in the 19th century, while on the other hand it mirrors the social changes of that time. All these changes are visible in urban planning, music, national awakening and divergence, concern for language and the cultural heritage of the region. Woven into these developments are technical innovations that led to shifts in communication and the perception of time (the postcard, the pocket watch), transport (the train, the bicycle), the mode of portraiture (the painted or photographic portrait), etc.

Ars pharmaceutica - The Art of Pharmacy

The exhibition shows a reconstruction of a historic pharmacy from the end of the 19th century. The exhibition presents the pharmacy's sales area (oficina), with original pharmacy cabinets and stalls and a prescription desk, the pharmacy laboratory with equipment for the manufacture of medicines and the material room (raw material storage). It also highlights objects from the former monastery pharmacies in Olimje and Slovenska Bistrica and from the former Styrian town pharmacies. A pharmacy book from the end of the 16th century is also on display. Visitors can smell and touch herbal drugs and learn about drug abuse.

Beginnings

The exhibition shows the beginnings of museology in Maribor and its development into the Maribor Regional Museum from 1896 to 2003. The exhibition is located in the castle cellar where the restaurant Grajska klet once was. There the frescoes by Matej Sternen from 1940 are still preserved until this day. A part of the first museum exhibition from 1903 has been reconstructed and the museum collections are presented as the foundation of the museum's work. The heritage assembled in these collections defines the museum as a database of the cultural and historical identity of a certain place and time. How the Maribor Museum is placed among other defining cultural institutions is visible on the timeline printed on the room's floor. It records important events in the history of museums throughout the world.

First Touch

The archaeological exhibition First Touch takes us back to a time beyond memory. Around a 1000 selected artefacts made of different materials provide evidence of population density and residential culture, lifestyles and burial practices, material and spiritual culture, and social and economic conditions from the Early Stone Age to the Early Middle Ages. The reconstructed models of dwellings offer an insight into the way of life throughout the different periods. The intersections correlate the events and finds of our area with the wider Slovenian and global space. Discoveries and archaeological research in the field are presented through projections.

Between the Glamour and the Misery of the Middle Ages

The exhibition traces individual structures and phenomena from the Middle Ages to the early 18th century in Maribor and its surroundings (trade, defence, religion, plague, fires, city government, crafts). The stories are explained by objects, scale models, a replica of a knight's armour that visitors can try on, there is a reconstruction of an alpine smoke house and a medieval tavern. The exhibition is on the ground floor of the Bastia, the city's defence tower from the mid-16th century, built under the direction of the architect Domenico dell'Allia. It shows the anti-Turkish defensive fortifications in Styria and Slavonia under the direction of the architect, and also displays older weapons from the museum's collection.

Where Do I Come From? Who Am I? Where Am I Going?

In the presentation film Highlights of the permanent exhibition: Where do I come from? Who am I? Where am I going?, we point out some of the most interesting museum objects that have shaped the history of Styria in their own unique way. The film shows the diversity of the museum's collections. You can visit the archaeological and ethnological collections, walk through the historic furniture exhibition, and see the fine arts, fashion, weapons and crafts collections. One of the most interesting objects is a wild boar figurine from the 1st century BC, a pharmacy scale from the 19th century, a medieval seal of Maribor from around 1300, a sword breaker from the 17th century, a set of sofas from the mid-18th century, a portrait of Anton Martin Slomšek, Rudolf Maister's cap, Marshal Josip Broz Tito's uniform, a bottle of the popular Ora drink and many other interesting objects that tell the story of Styria's history. The selected objects can be seen in the existing permanent exhibition as well as in the new exhibition rooms that will be put on display.