In 1994 the 'Štauharija' (forge), the 'Personal' (workers' residence) and the Laboratory, the oldest buildings preserved at the site of the ironworks, were declared cultural heritage. In 2002 they were donated to the Municipality of Ravne na Koroškem. The museological interpretation of the exhibits at the site of the former Ravne ironworks offers a new and unique opportunity for an adequate professional promotion of the industrial heritage of Carinthia (Koroška Region) and Slovenia, as well as an opportunity to research and present the working-class culture.
The museum will comprise tools and machinery which used to be situated outdoors in the Castle park ('repač' - a heavy waterpower-driven hammer, 'valjčne stoje', crane, locomotive), as well as the ones preserved in the Ravne ironworks for demonstration purposes (various hammers, electric arc furnace, etc.). The museum will also display a steam boiler from a brickworks in the vicinity of Ljubljana and a press dated back to 1890, formerly used in one of the Maribor factories.
The museum exhibits comprise various means of production and products from ironworks, items from different fields of steelworkers' lives, documents and photographs. The extremely rich photographic collection is a valuable historical source. For the first time a comprehensive overview of the iron-making history in Slovenia is presented. At the same time the exhibition highlights the role and the part of the Mežiška dolina Valley (Meža Valley) in the development of this economic activity which has always been part of Europe's iron and steel industry. The 'Mati fabrika' (figuratively and in dialect for 'Mother Factory') exhibition is situated in the forge ('Štauharija') of the former Ravne ironworks, in the immediate vicinity of the lower (town) entrance to the factory premises (at the town roundabout).
Koroška cesta 12, Ravne na Koroškem
+386 2 62 12 564 (office), email@example.com
tor. - pet. od 9.00 do 16.00
Guided tours outside of office hours are available for groups by booking in advance.
- Adults: 2,50 € (guided tour: 3,00 €)
- Youth: 1,70 € (guided tour: 2,00 €)
- Disabled persons and seniors: 2,00 € (guided tour: 2,50 €)
Admission fee includes visits to all collections at Koroška cesta 12.