MUSEUMS IN LJUBLJANA
Visiting Ljubljana museums is perfect activity for a rainy day and for those who would like to learn about Slovenia’s history and culture. Pick your favourite Ljubljana museum on the list below.
The National Gallery of Slovenia hosts the best and the largest collection of art from Slovenian lands. It ranges from the early Middle Ages to the first half of the 20th century.
Its Permanent Collection stretches over a complex of three buildings and 25 exhibition halls. Besides significant presentations of Gothic and Baroque art, important paintings by Realists like Ivana Kobilca, a national icon and a trailblazer for other female artists are presented.
Impressionist halls include pictures like The Sower by Ivan Grohar, which features on the Slovenian euro coin. Also worth a visit is the permanent exhibition of the Modernist Zoran Mušič. He made his name worldwide known.
This Ljubljana museum also keeps works of names like
There are guided tours and audio guides offered in multiple languages. Attend happenings for children, creative workshops, musical performances and other events. There is a super nice gift shop, a lovely café with great sweets and the original Robba Fountain in the lobby!
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm, Thursday to 8 pm. 24 and 31 December: 10 am – 3 pm.
Closed: Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, 1 November, 25 December.
The National Museum of Slovenia is the oldest Ljubljana museum and the oldest museum in Slovenia celebrating 200th anniversary in 2021! It is one of the Ljubljana museums of national importance and is located in the city centre, in the direction of Tivoli Park.
It stores rich collections of valuable objects. There are archaeological, numismatic, and graphic collection. Important columns of museum activity are also rich museum library and unit for preservation and restoring.
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!
Another remarkable object is a charming Vače situla. Of course, there is a vast collection of other interesting archaeological objects that tell a story of the life before our time, e.g. findings from the Ljubljana Marsh and the Ljubljanica River, a gilded bronze statue of Emona citizen, an imperial stone inscription from Emona, Germanic ornamentation from the Migration Period and Early Middle Ages wooden traps, and many others.
There are guided tours to join, workshops for children, lectures and numerous other educational events.
October – May: Every day from 10 am to 6 pm, on Thursdays to 8 pm.
June – September: Every day from 10 am to 6 pm, on Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 am to 10 pm.
Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 1 November, 25 December
There are more Ljubljana museums located within the museum quarter of Metelkova. A department of the National Museum of Slovenia is standing in the neighbourhood of the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art – Metelkova.
The new venue of the National Museum of Slovenia is housed in the ex-barracks complex on Metelkova street. Upper two floors host the permanent exhibition History and Arts Collections, while the ground floor is engaged with temporary exhibitions.
In the glass-clad extension the Museum building has a string of restoration workshops as well as a lecture room.
From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm
Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, 1 November, 25 December
The Slovene Ethnographic Museum is a museum about people for people, a museum of cultural identities. It presents culture in Slovenia between tradition and modernity, and some world cultures through collections of the Slovene missionaries and travellers.
It features three permanent and diverse temporary exhibitions – Slovene, European, world culture – ethnographic, photographic, art, …based on or inspired by the ethnological themes as well as by great variety of events: scientific, educational, learning and also entertaining activities for all ages and diverse public.
Its facilities encompass a museum shop, café, pottery makers and weavers’ ateliers. There are also visitor’s services and tours on offer, a library, an archive and a photo library, museum park, children’s space – Ethno-alphabet, access for disabled, and others.
Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00. Closed on: Monday and some national holidays.
Free entrance every first Sunday in a month.
The City Museum is one of the Ljubljana museums that you should put on your bucket list if you would like to know more about the history of Ljubljana.
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. Namely, it is situated where the Roman settlement of Emona existed about 2000 years ago.
Tuesday–Sunday: 10.00–18.00, Thursday: 10.00–21.00. Mondays, 1 January, 1 November and 25 December: Closed.
Of all the Ljubljana museums and Slovenia museums the Architectural Museum of Ljubljana is the main museum for architecture. Temporary exhibitions from the field of architecture, design
As it is situated at the beautiful Fuzine Castle, you can admire both and kill two birds with one stone. Since this is located in the suburbs, it is recommended to get there by bike or by city bus No. 20 or 22.
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.
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. We 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.
Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 6pm (excluding public holidays, except for February 8, the Slovenian Cultural Holiday).
The Museum of Modern Art, MG+ (Moderna galerija) is one of the must-see Ljubljana museums. Especially if you favour contemporary artistic expressions.
In the same time it is a place to create, learn, be inspired, socialize, and explore diverse historical narratives. The museum premises feature 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 and themed exhibitions of, 20th century Slovenian visual art.
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. [summer opening hours]
The Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM) operates in the neighbourhood of many other Ljubljana museums. The museum is a place for open discussion, connection, co-operation and reflection. It is located next to the alternative center AKC Metelkova City.
This Ljubljana museum is intended for everyone interested in contemporary Slovenian art production. In addition, it features works by crucial international avant-garde artists since the 1960s that include long overlooked artists from Central and Eastern Europe.
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. [summer opening hours]
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 guest house opened in 1835. It soon became a 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 and ateliers 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.
Entering this museum means entering 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. There are also an impressive collection of bicycles, a blacksmith’s workshop, the veneer sawmill and a world champion bear. What is more, permanent and occasional collections from fields of agriculture, fishing, wildlife and hunting to electricity, forestry, textiles and printing are presented, too.
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.
March-May And September-December: Tue–Fri: 8 am–5 pm, Sat, Sun and Holidays 9 am–7 pm
June–August: Tuesday–Sunday and Holidays: 9 am–7 pm
January and February and every Monday: open only for groups by prior arrangement
Holidays: 8. 2., 24. 12. in 31. 12.: 9 am–5 pm
Closed: 1.1., 1. 11., 25. 12.:
Last entrance into the museum is one hour before the closing time of the museum.