In 1919 a memorial plaque with the inscription: ‘On 26 January 1797 Matija Čop, a giant of science, was born here’, was commissioned for Čop’s birth house. In 1988 the house was bought for museum purposes and renovation work was completed in 1994. Funds for the purchase and renovation were contributed by Slovenian schoolchildren, local residents, the municipality of Jesenice, the Ministry of Culture, and others. During the development phase the house was reconstructed as a 19th-century building, i.e. as it would have been during Čop’s lifetime. The house in which the linguist, literary historian and librarian Matija Čop was born was that of an average well-off family in Gorenjska, with a history that dates back to the 16th century. There is a Gothic portal with cut corners preserved in the former cellar where the Ajdna Museum Room – an archaeological exhibition – is located today.
Čop’s birth house now serves as a museum, an event venue and as a seat for the Žirovnica Institute for Tourism and Culture.
An important element of the exhibition is a multimedia programme that can be viewed in the former living area. The light-hearted documentary film titled ‘There is No Fairer Place’ takes viewers along the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage to all four birth houses of the famous men from Žirovnica, to Janša’s Memorial Apiary, to mysterious Ajdna and to the green Završnica valley. The film includes interesting information about the lives of the renowned Žirovnica men France Prešeren, Fran Saleški Finžgar, Janez Jalen, Matija Čop and Anton Janša who come ‘alive’ in the film played by local amateur actors.
Čop’s birth house in Žirovnica is one of the attractions along the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage, one of the oldest and most prominent theme paths in Slovenia. The path connects cultural and historic monuments along five core sites in the villages below Mt. Stol.
Guided tours of Čop’s house can be adapted to school groups, smaller groups, individuals or families. Urška, an expert on Čop’s times, will be delighted to take you on a journey that touches your soul.
Monday to Friday: 8am–11am and 12pm–3pm
School children: €2
Pre-school children: €1
Adult groups (more than 10 persons): €2.7