The Slovenian Theatre Institute – the Theatre Museum is responsible for preserving, documenting, presenting, researching, exploring, interpreting, and promoting the Slovenian theatre heritage of various forms.
The Slovenian Theatre Institute operates as the central Slovenian theatre museum and thus continues the tradition of its predecessor, which was founded in 1952.
In terms of formal arrangements, content, and space distribution, the museum is divided into several parts: the iconotheque, which holds the collection of visual theatre materials: scene photographs, scene set and costume designs, theatre programs and posters, artistic materials, etc.; the theatre archive, which holds all the written heritage: personal legacies and manuscripts of theatre creators, as well as other forms of written materials; the audio collection and video archives, which holds audio and video recordings; the specialized theatre library, which holds the entire collection of Slovenian theatre works, and the department for educational theatre programs, which is aimed at children, youth, adults, families and vulnerable groups.
Some of the most cherished artifacts in the museum are certain manuscripts and letters of the grandest creators of Slovenian theatre, such as Ivan Cankar, some statues and portraits of Slovenian theatre elite, as well as creations by prominent artists, such as scene designs by Avgust Černigoj, the founder of constructivism, one of the best-known representatives of the historical avant-garde in Slovenian fine arts.
With its permanent exhibition, In Pursuit of Theatre. From the Jesuits to Cankar, the museum presents the first 400 years of Slovenian theatre history, from the theatre in the Reformation period to the works of Ivan Cankar. The permanent exhibition is sometimes replaced by temporary current exhibitions, such as the 2017 exhibition in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Dramatic Society in Ljubljana. The museum also has some traveling exhibitions – the exhibitions on Ignacij Borštnik is currently set up at his birthplace in Cerklje na Gorenjskem. The museum also has a good virtual presence, enriched by more than ten digital exhibitions, formed in cooperation with the Novi Zato Institute and other partners.
From our collections
Each month, we present a different item from the Slovenian Theatre Institute – Theatre Museum.
We present the Slovenian theatre heritage with permanent, temporary and virtual exhibitions. We are preparing exhibitions ourselves or in cooperation with national and international partners.
Museum Educational Programs
We present the Slovenian theatre heritage with more than 20 educational museum programs aimed at children, youth, adults, families, and vulnerable groups.