The department focuses on acquiring works of applied arts and pictorial documents created or used in the inner Dolenjska region from the Late Middle Ages to the 20th century. Further stages of our work involve storing the acquired items, their preservation and research, and presenting them to the public via exhibitions and lectures.
The two most prominent themes, considering their significance and the number of museum items, are the history of Novo mesto and the ironworks in Dvor.
The history of Novo mesto is represented by a notable collection of documents, pictorial evidence, and useful objects related to the state or the municipal government, to clubs and societies, as well as by household goods from the town’s history.
Operating from 1796 to 1891, the ironworks in Dvor was the central industrial plant in the region of Dolenjska. The Museum of Dolenjska houses the largest collection of its products.
We also keep the collections of furniture and weapons from the 16th to the 20th century, a smaller number of useful and decorative glass, porcelain, and pottery vessels, and small everyday objects made of different materials (clocks, seals, toys, etc.).
Most of the time, however, the rich collections are hidden from public view due to space restrictions. The material is stored in depots and is only occasionally presented in thematic exhibitions.