The Technical Museum of Slovenia, well known for its extensive collections and presentations of technical heritage, is located at the 6000-square-metre estate of Bistra Castle, formerly a monastery, with a scenic garden, a fish pond, and a forest nature trail.
Permanent collections and museum presentations
The Museum's collections and presentations are themed on forestry, wood processing, hunting, fishing, electrical engineering, textile manufacturing, agriculture, transport, motorcycling, milling industry, wheelwrighting, horseshoeing, and baking. Visitors can view a flour mill, a water-powered smithy, a reconstructed veneer mill, and a Venetian sawmill. A nature trail runs through the forest above Bistra Castle.
Particularly notable are a collection of limousines owned by the late president of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980), and the exhibition The Written Word: Printing in Slovenian Inhabited Areas.
This collection brings together fifteen cars used by the former Yugoslav president Tito. Most of the exhibited cars are rare and prestigious limousines of great historical and technical value. The collection includes, among others, a 1939 Mercedes-Benz presented to President Tito by the Croatian Ministry of Internal Affairs, a 1937 Packard, which President Tito received as a gift from the Soviet president Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin in 1945, two 1954 ZISs presented to Tito by Stalin's successor, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, a Horch 951A presented as a gift from the Russian Third Army, and a 1952 Rolls Royce, a gift to the president from the Republic of Slovenia.
The Written Word: Printing in Slovenian Inhabited Areas
The exhibition The Written Word shows the history of the printed word and printing techniques in Slovenian inhabited areas. Exhibited items, mainly late 19th and 20th century printing presses and tools from Slovenian printing houses, give a picture of how books, newspapers and other printed materials were produced from the 15th century, when Gutenberg invented the printing press, to the 20th century. Some of the exhibited printing presses are still functional and are occasionally used for demonstrations of historical printing techniques given by master printers.
Visitors to the exhibition can see facsimiles of Primož Trubar's Catechismus and Abecedarium (1550), the first two Slovenian books ever printed, and a facsimile of the first Slovenian translation of the Scriptures, the so called Dalmatin's Bible (1584). The exhibition also includes archive footage of Slovenian printing houses and presentations on various professions related to printing.
Organized events: How do technical heritage items work?
On Saturdays and Sundays, the Technical Museum of Slovenia runs a programme of hands-on workshops offering visitors an opportunity to try their hand at baking bread in a wood-fired bread oven and using historical techniques in printing, writing calligraphy, fabric weaving and many other activities, as well as a programme of practical demonstrations on the use of historical tools, devices and machines used in everyday life in the past, such as the circular saw, various textile and agricultural machines, water-powered flour mills, etc.