The Museum of Apiculture in Radovljica, the biggest museum of beekeeping in Slovenia, has been preserving the most precious heritage of Slovenian apiculture for 60 years.
The Museum of Apiculture is a specialised museum that exhibits and studies the rich heritage of Slovenian beekeeping and has been located in the Radovljica Manor ever since it opened in 1959. The history of the museum, however, dates back even further.
In Ljubljana in 1926 a resolution was passed on the establishment of a Museum of Apiculture, while in 1929 Avgust Bukovec, the editor of the magazine 'Slovenski čebelar' (Slovenian Beekeeper), called on beekeepers to gather together objects, especially beehive frontal panels, for the new museum. Following unsuccessful efforts to find exhibition space in Ljubljana, where the gathered objects were only stored, they began to search for another location. In Radovljica in 1957 representatives of beekeeping organisations, the Agricultural Institute of Ljubljana, the Radovljica Provincial Museum, the Ljubljana Ethnographic and Technical Museum, as well as representatives of the Municipality of Radovljica gathered to devise a plan for how to proceed. The museum was ceremonially opened on 3rd July 1959 in the Radovljica Manor, where the museum is still located today.
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary, a comprehensive exhibition will open about the history of the museum, while the main event to mark the anniversary will take place on 15th June.
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.
Radovljica is richer for a new adventure for families. The themed adventure, named 'Follow a 'bee' through Radovljica', has been designed to acquaint visitors with the life of bees in a fun way will be available from 24th May onwards.