Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Cekin Mansion on the northern edge of Tivoli Park houses the Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia. The mansion is named after Laurenz Szőgyény, the husband of Ivana Lamberg, who was given the building. The name Szőgyény was Slovenized by the townspeople into Cekin.

The mansion was commissioned in 1720 by Leopold Lamberg based on plans by the Viennese Baroque architect Fischer von Erlach. During the last years of the French occupation of Ljubljana from 1812 to 1813, it was used as a temporary residence by Eugène de Beauharnais, the viceroy of Italy and the commander of the Napoleonic armies in the Illyrian Provinces. In the mid-19th century, the mansion was purchased by the Slovenian patriot Peter Kosler, who lived there until his death. After World War II, the mansion was nationalized by the Communist authorities of the People's Republic of Slovenia. From 1990 to 1992, the mansion was renovated by the engineer Jurij Kobe, who also added a communication tower. For his work, he received the Plečnik Award, the most prestigious Slovenian award in architecture.

Since 1951, the mansion has housed the Museum of Contemporary History. The museum includes collections from World War I, the interwar period, World War II, postwar Yugoslavia, and independent Slovenia. This includes many historical items, including archives, artworks, and photographs.

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Bjarke Abrahamsen (4 years ago)
Excellent way to learn about Slovenian history
Miha H (4 years ago)
This museum used to be a museum with strong political impact. In the recent years it lost a bit of this historical patina, but influence of the past regime is still in the air. Museum is interesting and worth visiting particularly for foreigners interested in socialism. I like the car in front of the museum.
Hubert Siegel (4 years ago)
Very interesting museum site also used as a conference venue, poor restrooms
Serena Ferchal (4 years ago)
Very good exhibition. Learnt a lot about Slovenian history, especially during WWII from this exhibition. Also loved the section which shows Slovenian history through the decades (the 70s toys & gadgets were very nostalgic!)
Marko Kovač (4 years ago)
Nice little museum, interesting over view of last century. However, I enjoyed best guiding of temporary exhibiton by museum director. Very knowlegeable.
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