Sights and attractions
The Ljubljana Tourist Card entitles you to free admission to the city's major sights and attractions.
Visit Ljubljana Castle, the city's most prominent sight, with your Ljubljana Tourist Card and enjoy the following benefits:
- free return ride on funicular railway,
- free admission to the Outlook Tower and Virtual Museum,
- free admission to the permanent exhibition Slovenian History.
National Museum of Slovenia - Metelkova
The National Museum of Slovenia's department located in the Metelkova ulica street houses a permanent exhibition on applied art in Slovenian inhabited areas, including several study collections, and presents occasional temporary exhibitions of applied art.
Slovenian Museum of Natural History
Apart from holding temporary exhibitions, Slovenia's main museum of natural history keeps many interesting collections, including the famous Zois Mineral Collection, Hohenwart Molluscan Shell Collection, Ferdinand J. Schmidt Insect Collection, and various herbarium collections.
National Museum of Contemporary History
The National Museum of Contemporary History is a state museum dedicated to the heritage of recent Slovenian history, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. Its collections cover the First and Second World Wars, the period between the two World Wars, the Socialist period, and the establishment of Slovenia as an independent state.
Technical Museum of Slovenia
The Technical Museum of Slovenia is located at the 6000-square metre estate of Bistra Castle, formerly a monastery, with a beautiful garden, a fish pond, and a forest nature trail. Apart from numerous collections on agriculture, textile engineering, transport, forestry, wood processing, electrical engineering, hunting, fishing and printing, it houses a collection of limousines owned by the late president of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980).
The National Gallery holds two permanent exhibitions: Art in Slovenia, which brings together sculptures and paintings created by gothic, baroque, classical, romantic, realist and impressionist artists from the 13th century to the first quarter of the 20th century, and European Paintings, an exhibition of more than one hundred works by renowned and lesser known painters.
International Centre of Graphic Arts
The International Centre of Graphic Arts is a museum housing a collection of prints from the 20th century to the present day, a gallery hosting exhibitions of work by contemporary artists from Slovenia and abroad, a print publisher with its own printmaking workshop, and the organiser of the Ljubljana International Biennial of Graphic Arts, held every odd year.
Jakopič Gallery (Museums and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana)
The Jakopič Gallery is dedicated to showing exhibitions of fine art and design works by contemporary Slovenian and international artists. Visitors to the gallery can also view the remains of the original Roman Forum, the rectangular central square of the Roman city of Emona, whose site is now partly occupied by the Gallery.
Volčji Potok Arboretum
The Volčji Potok Arboretum, situated on the edge of the Kamniško polje plain, is Slovenia's most visited botanical garden, well worth visiting at any time of the year. Extending over an area of 80 hectares, it provides home to 4,500 plant species from all parts of the world, including perennial flowers, bushes and trees.
National Museum of Slovenia
Being Slovenia's main historical museum, the National Museum keeps numerous finds from Slovenia considered to be among the greatest treasures of the world's cultural heritage.
Slovene Ethnographic Museum
The Slovene Ethnographic Museum is the country's foremost ethnological museum keeping collections related to Slovenian and non-European material, social and spiritual culture.
City Museum of Ljubljana (Museums and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana)
Visitors to the City Museum of Ljubljana can admire the Renaissance architectural features of the palatial museum building, take a walk along a 1st century Roman road, and view the Museum's permanent exhibition on the history of life in Ljubljana, entitled Faces of Ljubljana.
The Railway Museum houses a permanent collection of historical rolling stock (steam locomotives, carriages, and other railroad vehicles) and an exhibition on railway history and technology.
Technical museum of Slovenia - Polhov Gradec
The Museum of Post and Telecommunications houses several collections relating to the history of post and telecommunications and a special section dedicated to children.
Museum of Modern Art
Ljubljana's Museum of Modern Art keeps several rich collections of works by 20th century Slovenian artists. It is one of the venues of the Ljubljana International Biennial of Graphic Arts.
City Art Museum (Museums and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana)
The City Art Museum runs its own and hosts travelling exhibitions of work by Slovenian and international artists of various fine art disciplines. Its exhibition programme is not limited to the European cultural area, but reaches out into the global cultural space.
Ljubljana Zoo has animal species from all continents, notably including those characteristic of the area at the intersection of the Alpine, Pannonian and Mediterranean worlds.
Ljubljana Botanic Garden
The Ljubljana Botanic Garden, established in 1810, is Slovenia's oldest running cultural, scientific and educational institution. It contains more than 4,500 different plant species and subspecies, one third of them being endemic to Slovenia and the rest originating from various parts of Europe and other continents.