Cultural heritage

Notranjska Museum Postojna



Notranjski muzej Postojna

Kolodvorska cesta 3 SI-6230, Postojna

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The Notranjska Museum Postojna, founded in 1947, covers the area of the Municipality of Postojna, famous around the world as the cradle of karstology. The Notranjska Museum collects and preserves movable cultural heritage and presents documents, photographs, maps and other interpretative materials relating to Postojna Cave and the surrounding Karst landscape. In February 2015, the Karst Museum, a new permanent exhibition and the most comprehensive one on the Karst in Europe, was set up within the Notranjska Museum.


The idea of establishing a museum in the Karst region goes back to before World War I, when speleologist Ivan Andrej Perko proposed opening the Scientific Cave Museum as early as 1912. The concept, however, was realised only after World War II, in 1947, as the Postojna Cave Museum at the initiative of painter Leo Vilhar (1899–1971), who also became its first director.

In 1974, following the merger of its speleological collections with those of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU), the museum became a part of the Karst Research Institute and changed its name to the Karst Museum Collection. Following the failure of efforts to establish a Slovene Museum of Karstology in the 1980s, in 1990, the Municipality of Postojna established an autonomous institution, today’s Notranjska Museum Postojna. In February 2015, the new permanent exhibition, the Karst Museum, a unique presentation of the Karst region, opened.


The Notranjska Museum Postojna comprises: an archaeological department (with a collection of more than 1000 objects from all archaeological periods found in the Notranjska and Karst region); an ethnological department (a collection of material, spiritual and social culture items); a biological department (a collection of zoological, botanical and osteological items and a collection of cave beetles from the Slovene and also Balkan peninsula); a history department (a collection of items from, for example, the National Liberation Struggle, items of relevance to cultural history, items about the history of the Postojna region or Postojna Cave); a conservation-restoration workshop and a Pedagogical-andragogical department.

The Karst Museum, a comprehensive Karst exhibition

The Notranjska Museum Postojna is a central Slovene institution dedicated exclusively to the history and the present of the exceptional world phenomenon, the Karst, and its rich natural and cultural heritage.

The presentation is dynamically conceived as it contains documentary material, interactive displays, for example, those of 11,693 caves located around Slovenia, valuable and rare objects and materials relating to the surrounding Karst landscape. The museum also organises different workshops and expert meetings related to Karst topics.

Multimedia projects

In 2006, the museum cooperated together with the Institute for Conservation and Restoration in the multimedia project All Season Sounds of Planinsko polje, to present the aural environment of Planinsko polje over a year.


The museum administers various satellites, including the iron forge (Fužina) at Grahovo and Kravanjeva House in Cerknica, and it owns some museum items at the Predjama Castle. Fužina is building of about 250 years, protected as a cultural and natural monument and defined as an open-air museum.

The museum also manages a small memorial room dedicated to the local writer Alojz Kraigher (1877–1959) at Postojna Culture House, which can be visited by appointment.

Postojna Youth Centre



Mladinski center Postojna (MC Postojna)

Vilharjeva 14a SI-6230, Postojna

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The Postojna Youth Centre (MC Postojna) is a non-profit youth organisation established in 2001. It is a union of three associations which are the Youth Cultural Work Centre (MKDC), the Postojna and Pivka Student Club, and Skytower Club. The centre organises concerts, theatre performances, lectures, exhibitions, video screenings, workshops, and events for children. It also holds the European Voluntary Service accreditation through which they participate in various international cultural exchange programmes and activities.


The MC Postojna is located in the adjacent building of the former maternity hospital. The venue itself was used as a concert space in the late 1980s and played an important role in the early development of Slovenian heavy metal scene. In 1998 they signed a lease agreement with Postojna Center for Social Work and started extensive renovation works which lasted until 2007. The venue itself was expanded and now includes one multipurpose hall, gallery space, rehearsal space for local musicians, computer room, community room and an office space.


The youth centre co-organises the Trnje Festival in partnership with the Pivka House of Culture, and participates as one of the venues of the Club Marathon, organised by Radio Študent (RŠ). In 1997 the Postojna Youth Centre launched the Zmaj ‘ma mlade Festival, a lively late summer youth and cultural festival that takes place at various venues across the town.

Postojna Culture House



Kulturni dom Postojna

Gregorčičev drevored 2 SI-6230, Postojna

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Located in the renovated former municipal office, Postojna Culture House opened its doors in 2001 offering a cultural programme of music and theatre performances by groups from Slovenia and neighbouring countries, including a concert subscription series for local audiences as well as film screenings, workshops and exhibitions.

Since March 2016 the municipal public institution is one of five units of the Zavod Znanje Postojna (Knowledge Postojna Public Institution).

There is also a memorial room dedicated to local writer Alojz Kraigher (1877–1959) which can be visited by appointment with the Notranjska Museum, Postojna.

The main hall with its 100 square-metre stage has 288 seats, while an adjacent room for seminars or parties can host up to 60 people. Both rooms are available for hire.


Beno Zupančič Library Postojna



Knjižnica Bena Zupančiča Postojna

Trg padlih borcev 5 SI-6230 , Postojna

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Beno Zupančič Library Postojna is one of the Notranjska region’s main cultural, educational and free time activity centres. It has branches in Pivka and Prestranek. Originally established in 1905 as the People’s Library, this institution was known from 1957 as the City Library before it acquired its current name in 1981.

The library has a collection of over 110,000 library items, 40 % of which are aimed at young people. Since 1979 the addition of a mobile library service has expanded access to people living in rural villages. Computerisation and the development of the COBISS – Slovene Virtual Library system has kept the institution ahead since the 1990s, and in 2001 an Internet corner was established. Some 28 % of the municipal population have already enrolled in the library, which organises frequent literary evenings and book events. The library presents around 10 small exhibitions (thematic and fine arts) each year.


Linhart Encounter

22. 09. - 24. 09. 2022



Linhartova srečanja

Gregorčičev drevored 2a SI-6230, Postojna

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Named after the celebrated Slovene dramatist and historian Anton Tomaž Linhart (1756–1795), Linhart Encounter is an annual festival of non-professional Slovene theatre groups, organised by the Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia since 1962. Held in Postojna since 2004, Linhart Encounter presents an overview of amateur theatre production, with an aim to popularise and award the best production and achievements of the current season (Matiček Award).

In its (competition and side) programme, the festival includes performances of all genres and formats. The performances are selected by a selector who travels to see all the potentially eligible performances and then invites 6 to 8 of them (out of over 120) to the festival along with the best performance of the Visions Festival of Young Theatre Groups. Along with Slovene amateur theatre groups, performances by Slovene minorities living in Austria, Croatia, Hungary or elsewhere are eligible for the festival. Participation in the Linhart Encounter enables the groups to raise the quality of their work, network and exchange as well as to develop their ideas further.

In the side programme, the festival offers round tables, discussions and workshops, as well as hosts international amateur theatre groups. The international jury confers the Matiček Awards for the best performance, best actor and best actress in the lead and supporting roles, and may confer up to 3 awards for special achievements. At the festival, the Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia also presents the “Linhart Badge” for outstanding achievements in non-professional theatre.


Trnje Festival

9. 07. - 10. 07. 2021



Festival drugačne glasbe Trnje

Prekomorskih brigad 6 SI-6230, Postojna

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Trnje Festival is an annual two-day festival which takes place some time in July in a clearing surrounded by the pine forest in Trnje village near Pivka (Postojna). It is a festival of alternative and unconventional music of many musical genres featuring unknown music bands which present new initiatives against the trends of consumerism. The first festival took place in 1998 and since then it has gained a notable status among alternative summer festivals that are affordable yet offer a rich and diverse musical programme. The organisers like to refer to Trnje Festival as “a festival for those who cannot afford to go to the seaside”. It is organised by a joint team from Postojna Youth Centre and Pivka House of Culture.


Maintaining its relatively low profile, the festival offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in one of the most natural environments possible. The festival has featured Slovene and foreign artists covering music genres from electronica, rap, rock, ska, punk, hardcore to death metal, among them: Ana Pupedan, Analena, Ani(e)mo(a)tion, Bolesno grinje, Damir Avdić, Drugi disko, Let 3, Low punch, Marko Brecelj, Muškat Hamburg, Nikki Louder, New Wave Syria, Noctiferia, Pridigarji, Psycho-path, Radical dub collective, Repetitor, Srečna mladina, Stekli psi, Superhiks, Štefan Kovač Marko Banda, Žoambo Žoet Workestrao, and many more.