Today, Maribor castle is composed of two parts, the administrative court of the sovereign prince, built between 1478 and 1481, and the North-eastern corner of the city’s defence system (the castle’s bastion and the lodge).
In 1620, when the Counts Khiessl gained ownership of the castle, they converted it to the nobleman’s residential architecture. At that time the Loretto chapel was added to the castle and the Knights’ Hall was constructed. After 1727, the new owners, Counts Brandis, built the new staircase, reconstructed the first floor of the bastion and completed construction of the Knights’ Hall. With the construction of the present day street Grajska ulica in the year 1871 the castle complex was cut in half. The municipality of Maribor bought the castle in 1933 and in 1938 the Maribor Regional Museum moved its collections in.
The Old Vine House Maribor
Maribor’s Old Vine is the oldest grape-vine in the world, with over 400 years of history recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Years ago, it used to be a part of the town’s defensive wall, while today it is arguably the biggest tourist attraction in the city.
The Old Vine House is a temple to the wine traditions of the city, region, and the whole of Slovenia, with an exhibition room presenting the rich wine heritage of the country and offering tasting of excellent wines from the surrounding Štajerska wine region. Throughout the year, the city organizes many events in honor of the Old Vine, such as the ceremonial grape harvest and pruning of the vine.
|Address||Vojašniški trg 8, Maribor|
|Telephone||+386 2 251 51 00|
Maribor Regional Museum
The Maribor Regional Museum is a public museum involved in the collection, preservation, examination, exhibition and popularization of movable cultural heritage in the fields of archaeology, ethnology and the wider cultural history throughout the Maribor region.
The year 1903 is regarded as the museum’s year of birth. The museum’s current collection is the heritage of the collections of three different museums.
The oldest is the sacral art collection, which had been kept in the Diocesan museum, founded in the year 1896 with the synod of Bishop Mihael Napotnik. The second was the museum's society collection. In the year 1903, only one year after its foundation, the museum society opened their museum to the public. The Historical society for the Slovenian Styria, which had been founded in the year 1903, opened its collection to the public in the year 1909 in the premises of Narodni Dom.
The collections of the Museum society and the Historical society for the Slovenian Styria were combined in the year 1920 and in the year 1924 they were joined by the collection of the Diocesan museum. Until the year 1938, the united collections were housed in the premises of the former penitentiary in Cankarjeva Ulica. In that same year, the museum moved into the premises of the city castle, where it remains today.
|Address||Grajska ulica 2, Maribor|
|Telephone||+386 2 228 35 51|
National Liberation Museum Maribor
Museums perform the tasks of recording, documenting, collecting, evaluating, interpreting and researching as well as presenting the items of movable cultural heritage to the public. By means of its permanent as well as many temporary exhibitions, the Museum of National Liberation Maribor makes an effort to bring the collected 20th and 21st century materials as close to the visitors as possible.
Today the Museum boasts interesting and extensive collections, and a particularly extensive photograph library containing many documentary photographs and negatives as well as much video and audio material. A special feature of the museum is its archive keeping more than 120 running metres of World War II materials.
Museum of National Liberation Maribor was the first one in Slovenia to have introduced the position of museum educator. Working with visitors, museum education team is a pillar of museum activity. A range of programmes is available for young visitors – traditional exhibition tours, creative workshops, a night at the museum, matura exam preparations and lessons. Our extensive pedagogical and andragogical programmes draw growing numbers of visitors to the museum.
In the museum visitors can explore the permanent exhibition to learn about the 20th century Maribor history. They can also visit the industrial Maribor, the period of fighting for the northern Slovenian border, they can learn about General Rudolf Meister, admire Maribor's flowering in the period between World Wars I and II, and sympathize with the fate of Maribor inhabitants during World War II.
Apart from the permanent exhibition, visitors can choose from many temporary exhibitions, which are often developed in co-operation with similar institutions in Slovenia and abroad.