Reflections of Kamnik s Millennia is the main title of the permanent exhibition and it is projected to show life in the city of Kamnik and its surrounding from the first and so far known paleontological findings, first settlements and the formation of the city until the 19th century. Apart from presenting the societies of particular periods, its political, social and economical circumstances, permanent collection also offers an insight into culture, art and everyday life.A visitor is able to experience the richness of ancient history on the spot through an attractive museum presentation by preserved material sources, replicas, reconstructions, folklore tradition and by audio-visual digital information; a visitor is offered to become an active participant of his visit as well. In variety of pedagogical corners visitors can get acquainted with roman games, coining, old measurements and legends; apart from that they can fulfill their knowledge by watching short movies on castles' reconstructions, maps, important personalities and other interesting topics.
Past milleniums' life is representing itself through carefully chosen and presented material and spiritual heritage that was either representative or completely ordinary and common in its time; Heritage, its material is being composed into variety of themes- life of the antic period with representation of Roman kitchen, lararium and triklinium, cooperage workshop from the 4th century, early Middle ages and Slavs' culture.We are proud to present the restored archaeological material from the area of municipalities Mengeš, Domžale, Komenda, Lukovica, Trzin and of course from the area of municipality Kamnik.The most of the archaeological objects have not been represented yet to the wider professional or laic public.
The High Middle Ages are represented with life in the castle: kitchen, chapel, palace, armor and jail. The life inside the city walls is shown by two significant economic activities- trade and craft, village life through the presentation of colonisation of wider area and problems like Turks' invasions.We are then following the glorious baroque era and its spiritual circumstances with unique objects of national importance: books like Dalmatin's Bible and The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola by Valvasor, small wooden sculpture Guards of God’s grave, pilgrimage images and reliquaries and art of the important artist of the Baroque- Valentin Metzinger, Fortunat Bergant( citizen of Kamnik), Franc Jelovšek and others. The magnificent era of Maria Theresa and Joseph II is marked by the office cupboard that stands here as a symbol of a strong birocratic system and numerous reforms that were carried out by the above mentioned Empress Maria Theresa and her successor, Emperor Joseph II. The phenomenon of the brigandage, being connected with brigands robbing, hiding and their secret language together with the fear connected to them in the lines of the common people on wider area of Kamnik, was an outcome of the reforms.