Museum of Slovenian Film Actors



Muzej slovenskih filmskih igralcev

Kraška cesta 26 SI-6215 , Divača

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The Škratelj Homestead is an ethnological monument that represents not only architectural and regional cultural heritage but is also is the birthplace of the first Slovene film star Ida Kravanja (stage name Ita Rina).

The permanent exhibition on the actress, conceived by the Slovenian Cinematheque Museum Department and installed on the first floor of the homestead in 1998, was in 2011 expanded into the Museum of Slovenian Film Actors. The project has been supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Divača, while the renovation works on the Škratelj’s homestead were supported by the donation of Norway through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The museum incorporates 325 m² of the exhibition space and the 300 m² large auditorium for the open air screenings and the cinema hall with 60 seats.

Ita Rina

Born in the village of Divača, Ita Rina (1907–1979) was the first Slovene actress to achieve international star status – her heyday was in the late 1920s when she starred in the film Erotikon (1929) by Czech director Gustav Machaty, which enjoyed major box-office success both in Europe and in the USA.

The young Slovene actress Ita Rina first lived in Berlin, at that time the centre of the European film industry. Her debut was in the role of a chambermaid in Was die Kinder ihren Eltern verschweigen. After Erotikon she performed in the first Czech sound film Gallows Toni in 1930. She declined an invitation from Hollywood and instead got married, changed her name to Tamara Djordjević, and moved to Belgrade. After World War II she starred in in several Yugoslav theatre productions and the Yugoslav film production War (1960), however she never managed to regain her earlier fame. In 1979 Ita Rina died in Budva, and was buried in Belgrade.

Monfort Exhibition Space



Razstavišče Monfort

Obala 8 SI-6320, Portorož/Portorose

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Formerly a salt storehouse, Monfort is now a vast and quite magnificent exhibition and event space, situated right by the sea. Built during 1823 and 1827 and placed halfway between Portorož-Portorose and Piran-Pirano, it nowadays serves several functions. One part of the grand space is taken by the Monfort Contemporary Art Space and is managed by the Coastal Galleries. The second part houses a museum collection on traditional shipbuilding and the development of water sports, set up by the Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum. Yet another part is taken by Turistum, a museum of tourism and hiking.

The structure is also used for various festival activities, such as those of the Ex-tempore Piran and the Piran Days of Architecture, as well as other events. The Municipality of Piran-Pirano manages rentals of Monfort Hall.


During the early-19th century, the growing salt industry of Sečovlje demanded a more centralised system for storing salt, which led to the replacement of several smaller and dispersed vaults with a few bigger, newly built storehouses, among them also the one called Monfort.

As contemporary salt production has decreased significantly, the 2000s already saw Monfort occasionally rented for various cultural uses. When all the industrial activities at Monfort were ceased in 2010, the Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum finally found a space big enough to house some of its until then secluded collections.

Museum of Shipbuilding

Spaced through around 500 m2, the museum has two permanent collections housed at Monfort (into where it moved in 2011 and which was further renovated in 2014). One is about traditional shipbuilding and presents old fishing and cargo boats used on the Northern Adriatic sea, as well as building tools and various other related objects. Also displayed are boat sketches drawn by the shipbuilder Davide Filipas.

The second exhibition, on the development of water sports, mostly tracks the history of sport sailing in the region, presenting a number of original early vehicles. Other water sports are also covered, from kayaking to water skiing. Additionally, temporary exhibitions also take place, such as the one on the nautical programme of the Tomos motor factory.

Monfort Contemporary Art Space

The Obalne galerije – Coastal Galleries run what they call the Monfort Contemporary Art Space, a gallery for contemporary art presenting mostly paintings and sculpture. The unadorned storehouse walls make for an impressive ambience and context.

Approximately 4 exhibitions take place annually; some of the presented artists include Vladimir Makuc, Boštjan Jurečič, Marko Jakše, Mitja Ficko, Mirsad Begić, Aleksij Kobal, Tone Lapajne, Sandro Chia and Azad Karim.

Museum of Tourism and Hiking

Turistum, as the museum is called, is led by the Mediteranum Institute, which has gathered about 20,000 pieces that relate to the development and heritage of tourism in Slovenia and Northern Istria from the 19th century onwards. Most of the collection is still waiting to be presented and the museum is currently in development, although already now open for visitors.

Srečko Vilhar Public Library, Koper-Capodistria



Osrednja knjižnica Srečka Vilharja / Biblioteca Centrale Srečko Vilhar, Koper-Capodistria

Trg Brolo 1 SI-6000, Koper-Capodistria

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The Srečko Vilhar Public Library performs the tasks of regional library for the Coast-Karst Region. It is a large institution with 1,328 square metres and seating provision for 93 readers. The library also has a mobile library service, a department for local information collection, a young readers department and an Italian language collection department.

It has three branches, in Markovec, Semedela and (as of 2017) in Ankaran. Several events (including fairy tale hours for children and lectures) are organised by the library, which also serves as headquarters for the Library Association of Primorska and Notranjska.

Regional Archives Koper, Piran Branch



Pokrajinski arhiv Koper, Enota Piran

Savudrijska ulica 5 SI-6330, Piran-Pirano

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The Piran Branch of the Regional Archives Koper was established in 1974. The Piran archives keep the oldest documents dating from the mid-12th-century period of the Venetian Republic and the oldest fully-preserved Slovenian City Statute from 1307. In October 2009 the archives moved to new premises in the town centre. They provide space for exhibitions and a small reading room for the study of the archives. The archival documents can be viewed on request and it is recommendable to order materials preliminary by phone or online.

Portorož Auditorium



Avditorij Portorož

Senčna pot 10 SI-6320, Portorož/Portorose

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Founded in 1973, Portorož Auditorium was a pioneer in conference organisation along the Slovene coast. Today it presents cultural activities and conferences in its own venue and also runs also the programme for the Tartini Theatre in old Piran.

The Portorož Auditorium and Tartini Theatre meet all the requirements for organising cultural events such as stage performances, operas, concerts and film screenings as well as conferences, symposia, seminars, company presentations, anniversary events and receptions.


Portorož Auditorium hosts several festivals, including the Piran Musical Evenings, Piran Days of Architecture and the Festival of Slovenian Film. It also collaborates with local festivals such as the Primorska Summer Festival, Koper-Capodistria and with the Slovene opera houses. Musical events are held here as part of the the Festival of Sea and Sun Melodies, along with other concerts of popular and classical music and musicals.

Tartini Theatre serves as a venue of the Festival of European and Mediterranean Film.


Portorož Auditorium comprises a large conference hall of 540 square metres with a capacity of 500 removable seats and four meeting rooms with a capacity of 20 to 100 people (White Room 130 square metres, Green Room 90 square metres, Red Room 65 square metres, Blue Room 65 square metres), plus an open air theatre of 2,500 square metres with a capacity of 1,800 seats. The atrium is also used as a reception venue.

Pečarič Gallery



Galerija Hermana Pečariča

Leninova 2 SI-6330, Piran-Pirano

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A branch gallery of the Obalne galerije – Coastal Galleries network, Pečarič Gallery houses a permanent collection of works by the artist Herman Pečarič (1908–1981), a native of Primorska. It is also the podium of the ceramic part of the Ex-tempore Piran – International Painting and Ceramics and Piran Days of Architecture. In combination with other galleries of Coastal Galleries it occasionally features a portion of the larger exhibitions. It is also a place for literary events.

Pečarič is known in Slovenia as a painter of Istrian motifs. The exhibited selection of works offers a fine survey of the artist’s work from his early years to his final days of activity. The exhibition is installed in the renovated premises of a building which, according to its stylistic elements, belongs to the architectural period around the turn of the 20th century and which is a rare example of secular architecture in Slovene Istria.

Pečarič Gallery is connected to the Meduza 2 Gallery, Piran by a garden adorned with stone sculptures made in the course of workshops during the Forma Viva Open Air Stone Sculpture symposia held in Seča.

Meduza Gallery, Koper



Galerija Meduza

Čevljarska 34 SI-6000, Koper-Capodistria

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As one of the six venues of the Obalne galerije – Coastal Galleries, the Meduza Gallery in Koper offers a vivid exhibition programme in parallel to its retail activity. It focuses on contemporary Slovenian artworks in different mediums (paintings, drawings, graphics, sculptures, artist books) as well as contemporary Slovenian design.

The Meduza Gallery cooperates with foreign and regional institutions like Università Popolare di Trieste, the PUF festival, P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute. Internationally, it focuses on the region (Friuli-Julian March and Veneto in Italy), Austria, and Croatia, especially with the concluded So Fresh video art competition for emerging artists.

Mediadom Pyrhani



Mediadom Pyrhani

Kumarjeva ulica 3 SI-6330 , Piran-Pirano

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Mediadom Pyrhani is a multimedia museum and a multipurpose venue set in the city centre of the coastal town of Piran. Established in 2015, the place is fully equipped to host all sorts of events, from concerts, film screenings and theatre plays to round tables, lectures and workshops. As a museum, it is focused on Piran and its history presented via a variety of media, from 3-D film projections to interactive, motion sensing displays. Additionally, Mediadom Pyrhani is also meant to serve as a network node for the activities of the coastal cultural producers and institutions.

Managed by the Association of Cultural Societies Piran, Mediadom has hosted festivals such as the Festival of European and Mediterranean Film, the Mediterranean International Folklore Festival (MIFF), the Tartini Festival and several events (workshops, concerts and such), some of them organised by Mediadom itself. It also offers all the information concerning the upcoming events and cultural institutions of Piran.

Museum exhibition

Due to its interactive and multimedia nature, the museum is especially appealing to children but geared towards all age groups. It offers its visitors a 3-D film and two animated films interspersed with documentary recordings, thus presenting 2000 years of Piran’s history and explaining how this densely populated town grew out of its salt pans and fishing industries.

Other media – touch screens, interactive, motion sensing screens, photographs, drawings, texts (in five languages) and so on – present the town’s various archaeological discoveries, cultural monuments and its prominent personalities. Additionally, there are sketches about the history of the Venetian Republic, which for many centuries used to hold sway over Piran. The museum also holds the original “pillar of shame”, formerly stationed in the city centre but now replaced by a replica.

The basement of Mediadom is an archaeological finding in itself. It is a newly discovered and centuries old underground corridor, presumably used as a crypt.


In 2007, the town authorities started to renovate the premises of the local wind orchestra. During the renovation works one of the machines almost fell into a wholly unexpected hole in the ground. It later turned out that they had found the remains of a church, built at the same spot in 1374 and demolished in the 19th century. The corridor they’d discovered probably functioned as a crypt.

At the initiative of the Municipality of Piran, the findings were to be presented in situ, in the basement and on the ground floor of the building. Subsequently, the wind orchestra was given another place and the building was re-purposed for its current use.

Loža Gallery, Koper



Galerija Loža, Koper

Titov trg 1 SI-6000, Koper-Capodistria

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A branch gallery of the Obalne galerije – Coastal Galleries network, the Loža Gallery in Koper is located in the first floor of the municipal lodge on the main square of Koper’s old town.

The gallery mostly features solo presentations of established Slovenian artists. Often, the same author is exhibited simultaneously in other branches of the Coastal Galleries.

Besides solo presentations representing the young established generation of Slovenian artists (Valentin Oman, Emerik Bernard, young Croatian painter Bojan Šumonja, Boštjan Drinovec), Loža Gallery occasionally gives the podium to group exhibitions prepared by house curators, often with international or national cooperation. In 2019, the Faculty of Education of the University of Primorska, in cooperation with the Obalne galerije – Coastal Galleries, organised the group exhibition Specula at the Loža Gallery.

In 2008, as the result of the cooperation between the Museum for Modern Art from St. Etienne (FR) and house curator Andrej Medved, the group exhibition of French painters Yves Klein, Hans Hartung, Jean Dubuffet and Pierr Soulages was prepared.