KOBARID MUSEUM – A WAR MUSEUM (WW1), WITH A MESSAGE OF PEACE

KOBARID MUSEUM – A WAR MUSEUM (WW1), WITH A MESSAGE OF PEACE

This year marks 30 years since the opening of the Kobarid Museum and 20 years since the establishment of the Walk of Peace Foundation. They are bonded with a commitment for researching the history of World War 1 in Slovenia, and preserving its memory. 

Visited by Let’s go Slovenia in August 2020

One of the TOP historical attractions in Slovenia

In its 30 years, the museum has been visited by more than 1.5 million visitors, about 60,000 each year. Since 1990, it has been the central point of presentation of the heritage of the Isonzo Front and the First World War in Slovenia.  

The museum received the Council of Europe Award for its work and mission. 

History through stories

The rooms of the museum present visitors with photos documenting the horrors of the front, military charts, diaries and maps, and two large relief displays showing the front lines.  

We do not emphasize the winners or losers,” says our museum curator/guide, who met us in the entrance foyer of the museum. He points with his hand towards the flags in the corner.

There were far more nationalities involved in the WW1 than the big ones we usually hear about,” he adds.

On the wall we see gravestones from the military cemeteries from the area. One has a black and white photograph of a soldier, who never returned home.  

This museum is a lot about the personal stories of the soldiers and people, who were caught in the war,” the curator explains.

The Kobarid museum is mainly focusing on the 1915 – 1917 Soča Front (Isonzo front in Italian). The battlefield between the Italian and the Austro-Hungarian military was the most important front on the Slovenian territory in the WW1. 

One of the most famous battles was the Battle of Caporetto (1917). The battle was described by Ernest Hemingway in his novel “A Farewell to Arms” .

On July 8, 1918, Ernest Hemingway, an 18-year-old ambulance driver for the American Red Cross, was struck by a mortar shell while serving on the Italian front, along the Piave delta.

FACT: The Battle of Caporetto claimed around 200,000 Austro-Hungarian casualties and around 2 to 3 times as many Italian casualties. Today, a “Walk of Peace” has been created threading through the truly beautiful Slovenian landscape, linking past sites of the unimaginable horror.

Visitors are slowly returning 

After it was closed for 50 days due to covid-19 (from 13 March to 30 April 2020) – which was the longest in its 30-year history, the museum is fully operating now and visitors are slowly returning.

In accordance with the spread of virus COVID-19, visitors can entry only with protective facemasks. Note that guiding for groups with more than 15 persons is free of charge.

ENTRANCE FEE

  • 7 € Adult
  • 5 € Pensioner
  • 5 € Student (University, Secondary levels)
  • 3 € Schoolchildren
  • 17 € Family ticket

INFORMATION

Gregorčičeva ulica 10, SI – 5222 Kobarid
T: +386 (0)5 389 00 00
M: +386 (0)41 714 072
E: info@kobariski-muzej.si
W: www.kobariski-muzej.si



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