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The Museum of Madness is dedicated to the study, preservation and presentation of the history of Castle Cmurek by Trate, which is one of the oldest and largest castles in Slovenia.

The Museum is supported by the joint efforts of local residents from both the Slovenian and the Austrian sides of the Mura River, which together we view as a single heritage community.

Our areas of interest include the fields of paleontology, archaeology, history, architecture, visual arts, music, literature, culture, the natural environment and cross-border collaboration.

We have established a locally-based cross-border center open to the world. We are continuously developing a participatory museum that presents a problematic heritage.

We create spaces of memory and respect.


Regional centre for deinstitutionalization

European documents bind all EU countries, to the responsibility of developing jobs for the care and help of a community, with which people can stay at home and not be moved into assisted living facilities or retirement homes. It’s known too little that, Slovenia is on the second place by rate of institutionalization in Europe. Despite this, the capacity of assisted living facilities and retirement homes has not decreased, but has increased, with the construction of new ones. The situation in 2020 in connection with the Coronavirus epidemic confirmed to us, that the least protected, most vulnerable and people most prone to bad outcomes are the ones that are institutionalized.

Dejavnosti na gradu

From institutions to people

At the Museum of Madness, we make the domestic and foreign public aware that Slovenia is one of the most institutionalized countries in the world and that the human rights of people living in institutions are violated. Experience shows that people are poorly informed about this systemic problem and that despite the warnings of the experts there is no political will to carry out the process of deinstitutionalisation, which began and stopped with the closure of the State Asylum for the Mentally and Neurologically Ill in Trate.

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Between the Walls - a solo exhibition by Simon Chang and artist residency at the Museum of Madness

Cmurek Castle, with its former "institution for mentally and nervously ill" and the efforts of the Museum of Madness to raise awareness of the rights of people with mental health problems, inspires many artists, and this time they have brought in renowned photographer Simon Chang, who has photographed people who have ended up behind the walls of institutions due to their personal circumstances or because of the war, in the psychiatric institutions that are still in operation in Prague, in the Czech Republic, and in Erbil, in the Southern Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

psihiatrična bolnišnica Hawler


Izbrane teme:​

  • Grad Cmurek

  • Zgodovina norosti

  • Dvorec Novi Kinek 

  • Petkov mlin

  • Anziglperk, arheološko najdišče

  • Terezija Mostler, prva slovenska fotografinja

  • Paleontologija

Gradivo na mizi
Dejavnosti na gradu

Študijski krožki Andragoškega centra Slovenije


S podporo Andragoškega centra Slovenije izvajamo študijske krožke, katerih namen je raziskovati, se izobraževati, sodelovati in povezovati. Izbrane teme želimo z različnimi aktivnostmi približati skupnosti, ter tako prispevati k večji solidarnosti, krepitvi socialnih mrež, ter nasploh k višji kvaliteti življenje na podeželju.   


Študijski krožki 2021/2022:


* Krepitev skupnosti

* Norost in ustvarjalnost

* Živimo s kulturno dediščino Cmureka

* Prebiranja v Muzeju norosti


Strokovna podpora

  • dr. Igor Sapač, Fakulteta za gradbeništvo, prometno inženirstvo in arhitekturo, Univerza v Mariboru
  • dr. Vito Flaker, dr. Andreja Rafaelič, dr. Darja Zaviršek, Fakulteta za socialno delo, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • dr. Rajko Muršič, dr. Jože Hudales, Filozofska fakulteta, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • dr. Andreja Rafaelič in Katarina Ficko, Inštitut RS za socialno varstvo
  • Andreja Slameršek, Društvo za preučevanje rib Slovenije

Lokalne organizacije

Kultura in umetnost


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