This time our trip was somehow different, more cultural, as on a September’s Sunday we went to see two museums, namely Technical museum of Slovenia in Bistra and Museum of Post and Telecommunications in Polhov Gradec. The weather was sour all day long, but we had some luck, as there was no rain during the day. It overtook us towards the end of our trip while walking on Blagaj path, but that did not stop us and we walked the entire path, at the same time we had a great time watching interesting things.
It is always very educational to visit a museum! — Travel-Slovenia
Our day started with morning coffee and chocolate milk, at the same time we finished our day plan. Our first stop was Bistra and a tour of the Technical Museum of Slovenia, we spent most of our day in it. The museum is located in a former Carthusian monastery and is only twenty kilometers away from Ljubljana. Between the monastery walls, permanent collections are on display on more than 6000 m2 of exhibition surfaces – printing, agriculture, road transport, textiles, electricity, fishing, hunting, carpentry, forestry, and water-powered installations.
Settlement Bistra is located in municipality Vrhnika, on the southwestern edge of Ljubljana marshes, above the settlement rises 605 meters high hill Javorč. The history its self is strongly connected with Bistra castle, which until the year 1782 served as a monastery of the Carthusian order. The place got its name by stream Bistra, which springs in the vicinity and also flows past the walls of the museum. The stream was once used to run the mills, which are still preserved today and visible in the museum. We parked in front of the museum entrance, which has a big parking lot, the entrance its self is marked with their recognizable colored logotype. Upon entering the museum there is a cash register and museum material on the right, which can be bought. On the other side of the second doors is a smaller courtyard, where kids can play on an iron train. After the courtyard, there is another passage with a telephone booth, which can hardly be seen in Slovenia today. We used telephone booths like this in high school, kids, who were with us did not yet see something like that and can only see them in museums like this.
In the area of the museum, red arrows direct us and suggest the direction of sightseeing, but you can do your sightseeing more random, as we did. Despite that, we saw the entire museum, in the end, it took us a little more than three hours, and in case you want to read information about each exhibition in more detail, it will take you more time to go through. That is why you need to reserve the entire day to see all the exhibits of the Technical Museum of Slovenia. Upon entering the larger courtyard of the museum, we were immediately drawn to the water and the working mill. Small rapids, big working mill and color combination of brown and green, are certainly the elements that attract the attention of the eye. Thus at the moment, the working machines on the left and right sides when entering the yard quickly disappear. But they are definitely another thing that has attracted our attention, especially the children’s.
At first, we took a look of part of the agricultural collection, with looking at old farm devices, e.g. tractors and lawnmowers. After that follows the collection of road vehicles, when entering the room, the children were attracted by a car cut in half. One can sit here, fasten a seat belt and watch a video recording. We could see cars from all eras, among them also those in which we drove to the seaside with our parents as kids. Older vehicles drew the most attention, as we could admire the technique, which was used in those times, and it was most inspiring. Among other, we could see old Ljubljana city bus and tram, as they once were, driving in the cities and were used until the year 1958, when they were replaced by the fleet of 12 buses.
Each space contained a small children’s corner, where they could listen to different sounds of machines or other devices, the most interesting was the stamp, so we all came out of the museum with different motives. Some collections offer to test devices in a smaller version, which represented how certain device worked. The models were well designed, and give added value to the whole museum. This is how all visitor can see, how they once used these devices, a detailed description of the devices tells exactly why they were used. This combination really provides insight into history, it certainly shows what kind of development we have reached overtime.
In that manner we slowly and with great interest made our way through the whole museum. We found a quiet room particularly interesting. It is a room with no echoes. Nowadays, we are not used to complete silence, which makes the feeling in the room strange, almost unpleasant. Some exhibits took more time than others, and some we were able to evoke our childhood memories. That is also the interesting fact of the museum, as you can see things that are younger or their history is not so far away. We spend a little more time, at most likely the largest chair, we have ever seen, as we needed to make a hundred and one picture. The chair is located in the section of carpentry. During our sightseeing, we could solve quizzes and check our knowledge or play games. Most of the collections are accompanied by a video recording or a soundtrack, which further clarifies the meaning, development, and use of individual devices. In that time we discovered that the museum is big and offers many interesting things.
In the external part of the museum, area, where they perform weddings and is also the entrance to the printing collection, we found a coffee machine and snacks. We took 15 minutes for refreshment and to regain energy for further sightseeing of the last part of the museum, which was ahead of us. After the tour of printing collection, and then the tour of the mill and rolling mill of cloth, in the end, we took a look at the collection of Tito’s vehicles.
We took three and a half hours to see the entire Technical museum of Slovenia. The museum certainly offers the complete family experience for all generations, old will be able to evoke memories of some devices, which they once used, the youngest will enjoy the children’s corners, or listening to the sounds of devices or playing. Of course, they will also enjoy exhibited items, some of them were even that interesting that they wanted to play with them. Technical museum of Slovenia offers a comprehensive overview of history full of experience in the embrace of a peaceful natural environment, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with the sound of rapids. We recommend the visit to the museum, and in case you decide to visit, take the entire day, as we are sure, that you will enjoy every minute of it.
Though the museum was very interesting, thirst and hunger caught up with us. So we made a stop before we went to see the Museum of Post and Telecommunications in a restaurant on the way to Polhov Gradec, refresh with good food and recharge our batteries. Like Bistra castle, the manor that houses the museum is also very interested in the outside. Its surrounding shows how former residents of the manor lived and enjoyed the beauties of nature. From here opens a beautiful view towards Polhograjska gora (en. Polhov Gradec mountain), on top of which is the church of St. Lovrenc. On its slope are Dormouse’s Adventure Park (si. Polhov doživljajski park) and Blagaj path.
In front of the entrance to the Museum of Post and Telecommunications stands the Neptune well, it is a Renaissance well from the middle of 17th century. As soon as we enter into the manor we see a board with the history of Polhov Gradec manor. We go to one floor higher, where a museum of a post is. Upon arrival to the floor we first see a castle chapel, left from it is the entrance to the museum of a post, which is illuminated in yellow color, which represents the post in Slovenia. Where we first learn about the history of the post, which is very diverse. In the corner of the next room, we can write a letter and take a picture for a stamp and get to know the accessories, which were and are still used by postmen. From means of transport to post bags. Here you can see two short movies, first is an animated puppet movie titled: Whose letter is this? and a movie titled: Post in everyday life. There is also a wedding hall on this floor.
After the tour, we head to the upper floor, into the museum of telecommunications, which offers a bit more activity for all visitors. Immediately at the entrance is a telegraph where one can learn the Moser alphabet and try to write something. A telegraph is an electrical device that transmits or receives messages through electrical signals. It is about transmitting radio waves through wires. Opposite of telegraphs, there is a typewriter on which you can type a message and learn how it works.
In the next room, we got to know telephony and the work of telephonist women, afterward, we switched from analog telephony to digital. In the room is a larger screen where two people can compete in identifying the objects the museum holds and compare who remembered more. Here we took an opportunity to rest a bit in saddle bags. This is followed by the tour and cognition how the telephone connection was once established. Afterward follows the tour of the classroom from the elementary school, which was once located in this building. A small museum that offers a complete view of the development of post and telecommunications, at the same time it offers plenty of activities for children and adults and learning about the operation of devices. Before leaving the manor, we took time to look at the Local museum located on the ground floor, to the left behind the stairs. The museum displays many artifacts, which were mostly donated by locals.
Some other historic buildings are located around the manor, such as a servant or farmhouse, a stone baroque portal, a tower, a laundry room, a chapel, a water house and a cart room. So with that our excursion was slowly coming to an end, but before we went home, we set off along the Blagaj path and to the Dormouse’s Adventure Park. The path leads us past the beekeeping home, next to the Rihar’s avenue, a wooden dormouse, a beekeeping house and a wooden bee. After a short ascent behind the home, we reach the Blagaj monument below Polhograjska gora, and not far away is Dormouse’s Adventure Park. It is a journey through fairytale adventure land, while children help a dormouse to find a new home. Along the path, ten large wooden sculptures of forest animals, animal post, badger’s sett, wooden houses, didactic elements and more await us.
While on the path, we were caught by the rain, and that is why we stopped for a while in the house of an animal post. But since it did not show that the rain was going to stop, we headed further along the path. Despite the rain, we saw all the sculptures and other elements along the path. We make a short stop at Frey and Blagaj linden trees and castle water reservoir. On the way in front of the manor is a small hill where we can still today see the remains of a ski jump, part of the runway and probably a judge tower. A walk through the castle courtyard, and with that we concluded our day trip.
The visit to the Technical Museum of Slovenia and the Museum of Post and Telecommunications was definitely a unique experience, where we learned a lot. Both museums offer unique insight into the evolution of technology over time, a display of older devices and how they worked, excellent descriptions, and above all unique and unforgettable experience. Both are located in a quiet natural environment, where everyone can rest a bit from the city racket. The day was well spent and would recommend visiting the museums to everyone interested in history and discovering new things. Both museums offer interactivity and are child-friendly because they encourage cooperation and learning. At the same time, entertainment for all visitors. The staff of both museums welcome visitors warmly and openly and are available for additional questions or clarifications. We finished the day full of fond memories and new knowledge.
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