The Provincial Museum for Carniola (established in 1821), which is a direct antecedent of the Slovenian Museum of Natural History, was based predominantly on the NHCs; the oldest collections date back to the 17th century. In 1921, when the Provincial museum was renamed into the National Museum, the NHCs were organized as the Natural History Department but gained formal independency in 1944. Despite this, the Slovenian Museum of Natural History remained in the old building of the Provincial museum (open to public in 1888), where it is still now.

In the Decision on establishing (Official Gazette of RS, no. 60/2003, Official Gazette of RS, no. 11/2009), the Republic of Slovenia aligns the operation of the public organization Slovenian Museum of Natural History with the provisions of the Law on the Implementation of Public interest in culture. The Slovenian Government deals with the founding rights and obligations of the Republic of Slovenia.

Mission and collecting policy

Slovenian Museum of Natural History preserves, explores and interacts with tangible and intangible heritage of natural origin and biodiversity. The museum is based on zoological, botanical and geological collections, which are supplemented on the basis of the collection policy.


Collecting policy

Collecting policy of the Slovenian Museum of Natural History as a state treasury of biodiversity and geological heritage of Slovenia is committed to the systematic collection of the cultural heritage of natural origin mainly in the territory of Slovenia. In addition to the cultural heritage of natural origin from the territory of Slovenia, the museum also collects material that is extremely important due to technical, scientific, cultural or historical reasons.
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