Finžgar’s birth house belongs to the best examples of vernacular architecture of the Gorenjska (Upper Carniola) region. It represents the rural architecture and lifestyle of poor farmers from the second half of the 19th century. The rooms in the main floor are preserved as they were in taht time: a small entrance area with a traditional black smoke kitchen, pantry, living room which served also as a workshop and matrimonial bedroom. Part of the homestead has been converted into a museum dedicated to the priest, writer, and playwright Fran Saleški Finžgar, who was born here in 1871.

The homestead was reconstructed and opened as a museum in 1971. The basement rooms were re-arranged to host a permanent exhibition on Finžgar’s life and work, containing paintings, photographs, documents and books. In 2013 the basement exhibition was renovated and completed with some of the writer’s personal items.

Museum Content:

  • learning about the Dolenc cottage, through the objects and tools from Finžgar’s youth,
  • known as the Dolenc cottage, the homestead with a hay-rack and barn forms an open-air museum and represents the rural architecture and lifestyle of poor farmers,
  • guided tour of the homestead with permanent exhibition, providing a view into life and work of Fran Saleški Finžgar,  a master of folktales and the author of the first Slovene historic novel Under the Free Sun (Pod svobodnim soncem),
  • getting to know the old crafts of weaving and tailoring, which Finžgar’s grandfather and father were engaged in,
  • one of the attractions along the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage,

Read more about Fran Saleški Finžgar


Guided tours of Finžgar’s house can be adapted to school groups, smaller groups, individuals or families. Petra, an expert on Finžgar’s times, will be delighted to take you on a journey that touches your soul.


Doslovče 15
4274 Žirovnica
t 04 580 15 03

Winter opening hours (September to July)
by prior arrangement

Summer opening hours (July and August)
Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 2pm, weekends from 12am to 4pm


Price list

Ticket price
School children: €2,5
Pre-school children: €1
Adults: €3
Adult groups (more than 10 persons): €2.8