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The beginnings of the Slovenian Police Museum date back to 1920. Throughout its history, it operated under different names, in various organisational units of internal affairs bodies and in various locations in Ljubljana and its surroundings, while playing the role of a special national museum for all that time.

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We preserve our historical heritage

A major milestone for the museum was when it opened its doors to the wider public, in particular in 2006, when the Slovenian Police Museum started to operate as part of the Ministry of the Interior. Before that, until the beginning of the 1990s, it operated as a criminal study cabinet.

The museum carefully maintains the police and judicial national heritage and fosters understanding of the role of internal affairs bodies and the judiciary, past and present, in the Slovenian ethnic space by collecting, recording, storing, examining and presenting tangible and intangible evidence of its existence and work. It is intended for the expert and general public; it is an important educational tool and a source of professional knowledge; it is a space for preventive awareness-raising about crime and a unit for the active promotion of the mission of the police.

It cooperates with a number of other museums and institutions in preparing various museum projects. It also prepares exhibitions with which it tours various cities in Slovenia and takes part in the celebrations of International Museum Day and other cultural events. By realising a strategy of development of museum activity (development of appropriate premises for museum activity, increasing the number of staff), it is gradually approaching the level of modern police museums. Its vision is to continue the long police museum tradition in the Slovenian territory in a professionally and internationally recognised modern museum which will serve as a cultural hub and a centre for studying the history of the police and judiciary while being accessible to the widest possible public.

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After additional museum premises were acquired in Kotnikova Street in Ljubljana in 2020, to mark the 100th anniversary of the museum an exhibition was set up on the theme of the history of the police and the museum, taking visitors all the way back to the beginnings of the organised police force in Slovenia. Many a visitor will remember the Militia, and some will recall their older relatives who maintained order as gendarmes in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia or even earlier, in Austria-Hungary.