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LJUBLJANA MUSEUMS

MUSEUMS IN LJUBLJANA

Visiting museums is the perfect activity for a rainy day and for those who would like to learn about Slovenia’s history and culture.

National Gallery

Address: Presernova 24, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 24 15 418
E-mail: trgovina@ng-slo.si
Homepage: www.ng-slo.si/en

Photo: jaime.silva

The National Gallery hosts the best of art created on the Slovenian territory from early Middle Ages until the first half of the 20th century. 

It keeps works of names like Almanach, Gregorio Lazzarini, Valentin Metzinger, Karl Remb, Giulio Quaglio, Franc Kavcic, Jozef Tominc, Jurij Subic, Rihard Jakopic, Ivan Grohar, Ivana Kobilca, Franc Berneker, Stojan Batic, Zoran Music and others.

There are guided tours offered, happenings for children, workshops, series of lectures, musical performances and other events.

There is a super nice gift shop, a lovely cafe and the original Robba Fountain in the lobby!


Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm, Thursday to 8 pm. 24 and 31 December: 10 am – 3 pm. Closed: Monday, 1 January, 1 May, 1 November, 25 December.

National Museum 

Address:: Presernova 20, Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 2414400,
E-mail: info@nms.si
Homepage: www.nms.si


Photo: National Museum of Slovenia

This museum of national importance is located in the city centre, in the direction of Tivoli park. It displays monuments from the prehistorical eras, Roman period, treasures from the Middle ages and also a permanent exhibition on Slovenian language.

Perhaps the most breathtaking exponent is the ancient Egyptian mummy dating back to the 5th or 6th century BC. Among the most astonishing items is also the oldest musical instrument in the world: 60 thousand year old flute!

There are guided tours to join, workshops for children, lectures and numerous other educational events.

Opening hours
Daily from 10 am till 6 pm and on Thursdays till 8 pm. The museum is closed on holidays, please check the homepage.

National Museum – Metelkova

Address: Maistrova ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 230 70 30
E-mail: info@nms.si
Homepage: www.nms.si

 

Photo: National Museum Of Slovenia

Within the museum quarter of Metelkova there is a department of  the National Museum of Slovenia standing in the neighborhood of the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art – Metelkova.

Upper two floors exhibit artistic collection of objects from the 14th century to the present, while the ground floor is engaged with occasional exhibitions.

Opening hours
From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Mondays, January 1, May 1, November 1, December 25 closed.

 

 

Slovene Ethnographic Museum 

Address: Metelkova 2, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 300 87 00
E-mail: etnomuz@etno-muzej.si
Homepage: www.etno-muzej.si


Photo: Michael R. Perry

The Slovene Ethnographic Museum is a museum about Slovene people, their culture and traditions, although non-European collections are presented also.

It features permanent and temporary exhibitions, supported by numerous events and also workshops and public tours suitable for both, older and younger visitors. There is a gift shop, a cafe and a public library adjacent to the museum.

Opening hours
Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00. Closed on: Monday and some national holidays. Free entrance every first Sunday in a month.

City Museum

Address: Gosposka ulica 15, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 241 25 00
E-mail: info@mgml.si
Homepage: www.mgml.si

Photo: Andrej Peunik

This museum shows 4000 years of Ljubljana`s history in all its important stages – from the Roman settlement of Emona, through the compact medieval town, to today’s modern capital. Did you know that Ljubljana was situated on an important amber road during the Roman empire?

The ground floor of the museum building is an open display of archaeological findings, as it is situated where the Roman settlement of Emona existed about 2000 years ago.


Opening hours

Tuesday–Sunday: 10.00–18.00, Thursday: 10.00–21.00. Mondays, 1 January, 1 November and 25 December: Closed.

International Center of Graphic Arts

Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00–18.00. Except on 25 December and 1 January.

Address: Grad Tivoli, Pod turnom 3, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 241 38 00
E-mail: info@mglc-lj.si
Homepage: www.mglc-lj.si

Slovenian Museum of Natural History

Opening hours
Monday to Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. Thursdays from 10 am till 8 pm. January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, and December 25th  closed.

Address: Presernova 20, 1001 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 241 09 40
E-mail: uprava@pms-lj.si
Homepage: www.pms-lj.si

Plecnik House

Opening hours
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm.
24 and 31 December: 10.00–14.00. Mondays, 1 January, 1 November, 25 December closed.

Address: Korunova 4, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 280 16 04
E-mail: prijava@mgml.si
Homepage: www.mgml.si

Photo: Andrej Peunik

Museum of Architecture and Design

Address: Pot na Fuzine 2, Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0) 1 548 42 70
E-mail: mao@mao.si
Homepage: www.mao.si

The Architectural Museum of Ljubljana is the main museum for architecture in Slovenia. Temporary exhibitions from the field of architecture, design and photography are displayed.

As it is situated at the beautiful Fuzine Castle, you can see both and kill two birds with one stone. Since this is located in the suburbs, it is recommended that you travel by bike or by city bus No. 20 or 22.


Opening hours

From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm. Closed: On Mondays, 1 January, 1 November, 25 December.

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Museum of Contemporary History

Address: Celovska cesta 23, Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 300 96 10
E-mail: uprava@muzej-nz.si
Homepage: www.muzej-nz.si

The museum is housed in an 18th century’s mansion (Cekinov grad) located in Tivoli park  and is important to understand Slovenia’s turbulent journey to becoming a sovereign European country.

The twentieth century was one of the most bitter and turbulent periods of Slovenian history. During this time, Slovenes had been part of several countries and state regimes, survived two world wars, joined the technological revolution, and in the last, independence war, we achieved an independent state.

The museum provides a range of programs for both children and adults.

Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 6pm (excluding public holidays, with the exception of February 8, the Slovenian Cultural Holiday).

Museum of Modern Art

Address: Tomsiceva 14, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 241 68 00
E-mail: info@mg-lj.si
Homepage: www.mg-lj.si

The Museum of Modern Art, MG+ (Moderna galerija) is a place to create, learn, be inspired, socialize, and explore diverse historical narratives. The museum premises features works from the museum’s national collection and a chronological presentation of the history of 20th century Slovenian art.

In addition to this permanent exhibition, Moderna galerija stages retrospective exhibitions of key figures in, and themed exhibitions of, 20th century Slovenian visual art.

Opening hours
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. –  8 p.m. [summer opening hours]

MSUM – Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova

Address: Maistrova 3, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 241 68 00
E-mail: info@mg-lj.si
Homepage: www.mg-lj.si

The Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM) operates in the neighborhood: it’s a place for open discussion, connection, co-operation and reflection. It is located next to the alternative center AKC Metelkova City.

The museum is intended for everyone interested in contemporary Slovenian art production and works by crucial international avant-garde artists since the 1960s that include long overlooked artists from Eastern Europe.

 

Opening hours
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. –  8 p.m. [summer opening hours]

Svicarija

Address: Pod turnom 4, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: 
+386 (0) 51 35 07 50
E-mail: 
info@svicarija.si
Homepage: 
https://svicarija.si

The very recently renovated and reopened creative center Svicarija operates within the International Graphic Arts Center. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the center of Ljubljana, in the park Tivoli, overlooking the Ljubljana Castle.

Svicarija was initially a wooden guesthouse, opened in 1835, which soon became
the popular excursion point of the inhabitants and visitors of Ljubljana. In 1909, Hotel Tivoli, which was known as a gathering place for artists, bohemians and workers, was operating in the same place. After the Second World War, numerous home artists with workshops found their place in the building

Today, this tradition continues, as the Svicarija Creative Center offers working and residential studios to domestic and  international artists.

There is a bar and a restaurant with traditional Slovenian food and wines on the ground floor. 

Technical Museum of Slovenia

Address: Bistra 6, 1353 Bistra pri Vrhniki
Phone: +386 (0)1 750 66 70
E-mail: info@tms.si
Homepage: www.tms.si

When you enter this museum you certaintly enter the past. Not only due to the technical heritage exhibited but also because the museum is placed in a former Carthusian monastery. It stores over 16,000 items from various fields of science and technology. 

Some of the most remarkable items on display are undoubtedly prestigious cars of Yugoslav president Tito, an impressive collection of bicycles, there is also a blacksmith’s workshop, the veneer sawmill and a world champion bear.  Permanent and occasional collections from fields of agriculture, fishing, wildlife and hunting to electricity, forestry, textiles and printing are presented.

On Sundays, workshops for children, guided theme tours, Nikola Tesla experiments, demonstrations of old crafts and a series of other activities allow young and adult visitors alike to truly feel the engineering spirit of the past.

If you are not the greatest fan of technology, the museum is worth visiting for the beautiful nature and the monastery itself. It is located 20 km South of Ljubljana and 4,5 km east of Vrhnika.

Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday from 8 am till 4 pm, in summer time from 10 am till 5 pm. Saturdays: 9 am – 5 pm. Sundays and holidays 10 am – 6 pm. Mondays and 1st November closed. Closed also every year between 4.12. and 1.3.