Polona Vidmar,Curator, Regional Museum of Ptuj, Slovenia
The museum of Ptuj is with its 40 employees and approximately 13 – 15 public workers the biggest regional museum in Slovenia. Its extension seems to be in the crass disproportion to the today relatively small town of Ptuj, but the museum reflects the importance of Ptuj through the previous centuries, specially in the antiquity, the Middle Ages and early modern times. The permanent collections in the castle of Ptuj, archaeological collections in the former Dominican friary, the Roman Mithras temples, the castle of Velika Nedelja, the castle of Ormož and the collection in Središče ob Dravi attract with their (partly patinated) displays thousands of tourists, pupils, students and families. In the recent years the politics of the museum is not only to attract visitors with permanent collections, contemporary exhibitions and pedagogical treatment but also with a lot of events, performances, meetings, concerts etc. organised by the museum or other institutions with the co-operation with local communities. There are also tendencies to take an active part in the preparation of the complete offer for the tourists in the town of Ptuj. The results of these politics are promising: constantly increasing number of visitors, visitors who are contentedly returning to the museum and a number of visitors who are usually not expected. The Regional museum of Ptuj is on the way to be the focusing point of the presentation and revival of the cultural heritage of the Dravska region.