Special exhibitions: A collection of African art collected by František Foit is the only collection of its kind in Slovenia.
When the new town was built in Velenje, the authorities decided to build a museum to preserve the town's cultural heritage. The museum was located in the Velenje castle which was, as a result of war, in pretty dire state. The first exhibition arranged in the museum was the Collection from Slovene coal mines, which was opened to the public in 1966. Subsequently a model of a mine shaft was made for visitors to experience the mining environment.
The museum houses a total of eleven museum and gallery collections, including:
- relics of the mastodon,
- exhibition of African art collected by František Foit,
- exhibition "How Velenje has developed into a town",
- exhibition Šalek valley between the 10th and the 17th century,
- collection of baroque art from the church of St. Jurij v Štalah,
- exhibition Šalekša valley between 1941 - 1945,
- collection of modern Slovene art - Gorenje,
- the Lojze Perko Gallery,
- reconstruction of the old general store,
- reconstruction of the old pub and
- exhibition of works by sculptor Ciril Cesar.