In 2004 two museums – the Carinthian Museum of Ravne na Koroškem and the Carinthian Regional Museum of Slovenj Gradec – merged into the Carinthian Regional Museum. The Carinthian Regional Museum is the central museum institution in Carinthia. It performs the public service of protecting the movable cultural heritage of twelve municipalities, and, through different cultural programmes, tries to connect with the people of Slovenian origin living in the Austrian Carinthia.
The Museum is in charge of the Iron-forging and Fire-fighting Museum at Muta, the Soklič Museum in Slovenj Gradec and the Uncle’s Room – A Memorial Hall of Dr. Ljuba Prenner at the Bučinek Inn in Vodriž. The Peca Underground Museum in Mežica houses a permanent exhibition named “Maks Kunc – Naturalistic Photographer” and an ambiental installation of a miner’s dwelling entitled “How Miners Used to Live”. The house of one of the last raftsmen of the Šarman family in Javnik contains the Rafting Museum. Josipdol at Pohorje contains the Stone- and Glass-cutting Collection. The parson’s house in Vuzenica hosts an exhibition “Slomšek in Vuzenica, 1838–1843”. The Tomaška Vas Village houses the renovated Herc Saw and Mill.
Two museum objects, the Štauharija and a worker’s block of flats from the end of the 19th century, are situated in the Iron Manufacture Ravne and portray iron manufacturing in