Where else more appropriate could the Iron Forging Museum be located than in the village of Kropa, the cradle of Slovene iron forging? A centuries-old tradition comes together in the mighty Klinar House which is situated in the middle of the square and was the first technical museum in Slovenia. The history of iron forging comes alive with the help of several models which will be set in motion just for you.
The Iron Forging Museum in Kropa
demonstrates the entire iron working process: from iron ore to a spike
. In addition to the technical and historical presentation of manual iron forging, the museum also portrays how life used to be in Kropa and its surrounds. The museum features an exhibition of wrought-iron
creations made by the iron-forging master, Joža Bertoncelj, a native of Kropa.
, which houses the Iron Forging Museum, is a typical iron-mill owners’ house dating back to the late eighteenth century. Its onetime lounge boasts a preserved coffered wooden Baroque ceiling with three oil paintings.
The museum outlines some basic facts about iron forging in the villages of Kropa
, Kamna Gorica
and Kolnica. It utilises models to demonstrate how a foundry and the water-powered iron forging bellows work, as well as the appearance of a typical forge used for the production of spikes (called vigenjc
The ethnological room depicts the everyday life and festivities of Kropa's iron forgers, as well as a collection of 94 manually forged spikes in a range of shapes and sizes.
Parts of the exhibition are translated into English and German.
Upon prior request, guided visits
in Slovene, German or English can be arranged for organised groups. Combined tickets for the Iron Forging Museum and Vice Forge are also available.