Ljubljana and its museums

Birgit Stegbauer 

The journalist Stane Stanic describes his home country Slovenia as a wondrous alchemy: where Alps, wine country, Karst and the Adriatic touch one another, a unique, Slovenian culture with Ljubljana (German: Laibach) as its very center was formed through a long, historic process. In fact, the capital with its 270.000 inhabitants is the political, economic and cultural heart of Slovenia - blessed with a diverse selection of museums that is exceptional for a city of that size.

Should you look for an alternative program on a rainy weekend, you'll be spoilt for choice between art temples, historical or thematic museums. This list given above does not claim to be complete. The current programs of a particular museum, its address, opening hours and entrance fees can be checked on the Internet page listed below.

On top of my list are Slovenia's National Museums in Ljubljana's Neustadt, all built within easy walking distance of each other. They excel in their supra regional collections which span many epochs.

The complex of National Museum and Museum of Natural History:

National Museum: www.nms.en         

Alternatively: www.culture.si/en/National_Museum_of Slovenia

Museum of Natural History : 

Website: www.culture.si/en/Slovenian_Museum_of_Natural_History

The National Gallery with its gallery of old masters and the collection of sculptures:

Plus the Museum of Contemporary Art, which features art from the 20th and 21st centuries:

Situated in the old town are the two biggest municipal institutions, the City Museum of Ljubljana and the City Art Gallery of Ljubljana.

The City Museum of Ljubljana in the former Auersperg Palace is dedicated to the city's history ranging from prehistoric to modern times: 

In the City Art Gallerytemporary exhibitions of contemporary, Slovenian art are on display:

This is a selected choice of Ljubljana's thematic museums:

The Slovene Ethnographic Museum with its program "about people, for people":

The Slovenian School Museum was founded as long ago as 1898 to document the history of Slovenia's schools and education:

The National Theatre Museum of Slovenia has just finished a 3-year long project on theatrical architecture in Central Europe:

For those who seek recreation, the Tivoli, Ljubljana's large park, offers more than just lawns, playgrounds and a zoo. The Tivoli's two small castles house the following collections.

The International Centre of Graphic Arts has established a reputation for hosting the Biennale of Graphic Arts:

The National Museum of Contemporary History presents the eventful history of Slovenia during the 20th century: 

The Museum for Architecture and Design is located in Fuzine Castle, a short way from Ljubljana's city limits. Amongst others, this is where the work of Ljubljana's great master builder Joze Plecnik is honored:

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