With its modern exhibition, the Museum of Apiculture reveals the exceptional world of the Carniolan grey bee and Slovenian beekeeping. The exhibition brings together the legacy of world-famous beekeepers and reminds us of the importance of preserving bees and a healthy environment for them.
Bees, and the relationship between bees and mankind, have a special place in Slovenian tradition and modernity. Slovenian beekeeping is distinguished by a centuries-old and world-famous tradition. This is also evidenced by the fact that 20th May, the birth date of the Slovenian beekeeper Anton Janša was declared World Bee Day in 2017. The Museum of Apiculture in Radovljica is a specialised museum that has represented the heritage of Slovenian beekeeping since 1959.
The permanent exhibition, set up in May 2021, is entitled 'Living together. About bees and mankind'. It places the Carniolan grey bee at the centre of Slovenian beekeeping, a bee that impresses beekeepers with its tameness, adaptability, calmness, productiveness and resilience. The exceptional qualities of bees, the innovativeness of Slovenian beekeepers and the pristine nature of Slovenia provide the basic conditions for the country's rich tradition in beekeeping, which has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries.
The Museum of Apiculture, which is located in the Radovljica Manor, exhibits the biology of the Carniolan grey bee, its relevant to and place in the environment, and the threats it faces from nature. The second part of the exhibition focuses on beekeeping in the past, the development of beekeeping tools and equipment, and the famous painted frontal panels. The last part is devoted to Slovenian beekeepers and the trade in Carniolan grey bees – the latter has already been traded in a good part of the world. Anton Janša has a special place among beekeepers both in the beekeeping world and in the exhibition. Various crafts related to beekeeping are also featured in the museum.
From May to October there is an observation hive in the museum where visitors can watch bees coming and going and carrying out their 'bee' business. The exhibition also features video content and interactive points, which provide something for all generations. There are special interactive points for children, which allow them to learn about bees in a fun way.
The Museum of Apiculture opened in Radovljica Manor in 1959 and to this day it is unique in Slovenia and Europe in terms of its contents and scope. The exhibition content is in both the Slovenian and English languages. Guided tours of the museum are available in Slovenian, German and English for groups by prior arrangement.
|January - March||Tuesday-Friday||8am -3pm|
|April, September - December||Tuesday-Saturday||10am -4pm|
Museum of Apiculture + The Municipal Museum:
The Museum of Apiculture, which is one of Radovljica's main attractions, is entering this year's tourist season with a new permanent exhibition. The exhibition, which still focuses on the Carniolan grey bee and the wealth of beekeeping heritage in Slovenia, now has a new more interactive form.
Set off as a family on an adventure accompanied by a cute 'bee' who will explain where she lives, what her chores are, and where she goes to gather nectar. You will see Radovljica's attractions on the way and, as a reward, savour the taste of sweet honeybreads.