Exhibitions and Museums in Ljubljana
Muzej novejse zgodovine Slovenije / National Museum of Contemporary History
Address: Celovska cesta 23, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 300 96 10
Fax +386 (0)1 433 82 44
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 daily.
20 percent discount for Ljubljana Card holders.
The Slovenian Museum of Contemporary History is a state museum dedicated to the heritage of the recent Slovenian history from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. The museum's collections cover World Wars I and II, the period between the two World Wars, the Socialist period and the establishment of Slovenia as an independent state. The exhibited materials include historical items, archive and library materials, fine art works and photographs.
Permanent exhibition: Slovenians in the 20th Century
The exhibition presents the history of Slovenians living within the borders of the present Slovenia from the beginning of World War I in 1914 to the achievement of independence in 1991.
Adults: SIT 800
Schoolchildren, secondary school and university students, soldiers, seniors: SIT 600
Free admission for groups of preschoolers and SMD, ICOM, Press, AICA, ITIC and ISTC Card holders
Free admission to the permanent exhibition Slovenians in the 20th Century for everyone every first Sunday of the month
Narodni muzej Slovenije / National Museum of Slovenia
Address: Muzejska ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 241 44 00
Fax +386 (0)1 241 44 22
10:00-18:00 daily, 10:00-20:00 Thursdays.
Free admission for Ljubljana Card holders.
Description: The Museum is located in the centre of Ljubljana, in a neo-Renaissance palace built by architect Viljem Treo between 1883 and 1885. The history of the Museum can be traced back to the year 1821, when the Provincial Museum of Carniola was established. As Slovenia's main museum of national history, the National Museum keeps numerous exhibits belonging to the prime treasures of world heritage. One of the most outstanding is unquestionably the 47,000 year old Neanderthal flute from the Divje Babe excavation site.
1. Slovenian Language
A Symbol And Identity (A Short History of the Slovenians)
The Museum's permanent exhibition offers an insight into the history of the Slovenians from the times of the Slavic settlement in the area to the present day. The common thread running throughout the exhibition is the Slovenian language, which survived notwithstanding the numerous state and political regimes which had shaped the territories settled by Slovenians, which, until the year 1848 and the time of the so called Spring of Nations, included the regions of Stajerska (Styria), Koroska (Carinthia) and Kranjska (Carniola). The different zeitgeists lived through by the Slovenians from the beginning of their formation as a nation to the present day are shown by four video projections accompanied by museum items exhibited in display cases.
2. The Treasures of the National Museum of Slovenia
The exhibition brings together a selection of the most important and most valuable archaeological items from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages and the modern era. Set up in two exhibition halls, the exhibition is comprised of 450 miscellaneous objects and 2 coin treasure finds exhibited in 23 showcases. Special attention is dedicated to the Ljubljanica river, which is in terms of the quantity, nature and condition of finds an exceptional archaeological site. The National Museum of Slovenia keeps as many as 5,500 items from this site.
3. Roman Lapidarium
The Roman Lapidarium is a systematic collection of almost 200 stone monuments bearing Roman Latin inscriptions. Most of the exhibits, originating from the period of Roman Empire and dating from the 1st to 4th centuries AD, were found within the territory of Emona (the Roman name of the settlement on the site of the present Ljubljana), the Izanski kot region, the town of Trojane, and the regions of Zasavje and Dolenjska. The monuments are exhibited on the ground floor of the museum building and in a glass pavilion situated in the museum courtyard.
4. Egyptian Mummy
The National Museum of Slovenia also preserves the only Old Egyptian human mummy in Slovenia. The inscription on its anthropomorphic coffin, found in a west Theban cemetery, indicates that the mummified body belonged to Isahta, a priest of the temple of Amun in Karnak, who lived to the Late Dynastic Period (25th-26th Dynasty, 8th-7th centuries BC).
Address: Grajska planota 1, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 232 99 94
Fax +386 (0)1 232 99 94
Opening hours: Open daily; in the winter time (1. 10. - 30. 4.) 10:00-18:00,
in the summer time (1. 5. - 30. 9.) 9:00-21:00.
Description: The premises of the Virtual Museum (Virtualni muzej) are located underneath the Ljubljana Castle Outlook Tower. The museum's permanent exhibition was a gift of the Tobačna Ljubljana tobacco company to the Municipality of Ljubljana on the company's 130th anniversary. The Virtual Museum, whose exhibition shows the history of Ljubljana, is Slovenia's first museum based on virtual reality technology.
Visitors to the Virtual museum can take a time walk through the virtual squares of Ljubljana and get acquainted with the historical development of the city's architecture, culture and economy and the life of its residents. All the streets, buildings and squares are presented with the aid of modern equipment, which includes the so called Virtual Mobile, the museum's main attraction, by means of which visitors to the virtual reality can have a closer view of numerous exhibits, including the most valuable ones, which are for security reasons not on view at other museum exhibitions. Visitors can determine the course of their tour of the museum either on their own or with the help of expert guides.
Ljubljana Card holders are entitled to a 20 percent discount either on tickets to the outlook tower and Virtual Museum or on the price of guided tours for a minimum of 5 persons.
Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije / Slovenian Museum of Natural History
Address: Muzejska ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 241 09 40
Fax +386 (0)1 241 09 53
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 Fridays to Wednesdays, 10:00-20:00 Thursdays.
Free admission for Ljubljana Card holders.
Description: Apart from temporary exhibitions, Slovenia's main museum of natural history features the famous Zois Collection of minerals, the Hohenwart Collection of molluscan shells, the Ferdinand J. Schmidt Collection of insects, and various herbarium collections.
Also on view are a presentation of Proteus anguinus, dioramas of alpine, wetland and forest wildlife, an almost complete mammoth skeleton, and a collection of reptiles, fishes and vertebrate skeletons. The Museum often organizes lectures and workshops. Access by wheelchair users is possible from the Presernova cesta road.
Slovenski etnografski muzej / Slovene Ethnographic Museum
Address: Metelkova ulica 2, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 300 87 00
Fax +386 (0)1 300 87 36
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 daily, except on holidays. Free admission on last Sunday of the month.
Description: The Slovene Ethnographic Museum is Slovenia's main museum responsible for the maintenance, research, comprehension and understanding of Slovenian (including minority and expatriate communities), European and non-European collections of material, social and spiritual cultural heritage items. It was founded in 1923, when it was separated from the National Museum of Slovenia. Its earliest origins can be traced back to the times when the collections of the Provincial Museum of Carniola (Dezelni muzej za Kranjsko), established in 1821, were put together.
Through its annual round of exhibitions and other events - Slovene (minority and expatriate communities), European and non-European - and through its rich educational programme and publications, it presents and reports on traditional culture in Slovenia and the culture of some other of the world's peoples, on the material heritage of both everyday and festive life, and on the intangible heritage of knowledge, values, skills, wisdom and creativity to be found in the Slovene ethnic sphere, both in the diaspora and elsewhere.
The permanent exhibition: Between Nature and Culture brings together over 3,000 items from Slovenia's and the world's ethnological heritage. It provides an insight into the purposes for which the exhibited items were made, the ways our ancestors used them, and the changing of their shapes over time and space. The exhibition consists of the following sections:
The Museum also incorporates a weavers' workshop, a museum shop called Lectarija, and a café.
Accessibility for disabled: Available.
Admission:Adults: EUR 4.50
Schoolchildren, students and seniors: EUR 2.50
Pre-school children in groups: EUR 1.00
Free admission for donors, valid museum card holders, preschoolers, pre-school children accompanied by an adult persons with special needs and group leaders.
Free admission for everyone every first Sunday of the month
ZelezniSki muzej / Railway Museum
Address: Parmova ulica 35, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 291 26 41
Arhitekturni muzej - Grad Fuzine / Architectural Museum - Fuzine Castle
Address: Pot na Fuzine 2, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 540 97 98; +386 (0)1 540 03 46
Arhitekturni muzej - Plečnikova zbirka / Architectural Museum - The Plečnik Collection
Address: Karunova ulica 4, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 280 16 00
Address: Pivovarniska ulica 2, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: 386 (0)1 471 73 30
Kulturni informacijski center (KIC) Mestnega muzeja Ljubljana / Cultural Information Centre of the City Museum of Ljubljana
Address: Trg francoske revolucije 7, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 241 25 90
Mestni muzej Ljubljana / City Museum of Ljubljana
Address: Gosposka 15, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 24 12 500
Muzej sporta / Sports Museum
Address: Kopitarjeva ulica 4, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 431 83 40
Slovenski solski muzej / Slovenian School Museum
Address: Plečnikov trg 1, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 251 30 24
Slovenski gledaliski muzej / Slovenian Theatre Museum
Address: Mestni trg 17, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 241 58 00
Spominska soba Ivana Cankarja / Memorial Room of the Writer Ivan Cankar
Address: Cankarjev vrh, Roznik, Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 24 12 506
Tehniski muzej Slovenije / Technical Museum of Slovenia
Address: Grad Bistra pri Vrhniki, 1000 Vrhnika
Tel: +386 (0)1 750 66 70; +386 (0)1 750 66 72
Tobačni muzej / Tobacco Museum
Address: Tobačna ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 477 73 44; +386 (0)1 251 40 25
Vodnikova domačija / Vodnik's Homestead
Address: Vodnikova cesta 65, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 519 33 95
Zemljepisni muzej / Geographical Museum
Address: Gosposka ulica 13, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 200 27 21
Zgodovinski arhiv Ljubljana / Historical Archives Ljubljana
Address: Mestni trg 27, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)01 306 13 14
Emonian House (at the Jakopič Garden)
Address: Mirje 4, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 241 25 06
The Remains of the Early Christian centre
Address: Erjavčeva cesta 18, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 (0)1 241 25 06