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An exhibition about water is on view at the City Museum of Ljubljana. It represents a contribution by Ljubljana, a city boasting a high level of preservation of its natural water resources and the European Green Capital 2016, to an ongoing debate about one of the most important topics of our time.


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Water is presented as an omnipresent and indispensable source of life. The exhibition is divided into four main themes and presents the significance of water for survival, the mobility of people, goods, ideas, and knowledge, and its importance for religion, art, and language. It showcases nearly 250 items from various museum collections.

It's accompanied by an exhibition on 125 years of Ljubljana's waterworks and by an experimental museum room presenting the importance of water within the natural water cycle and ecology. An open-air exhibition of large format photographs in Tivoli Park titled One Planet, One water is also on display, bringing to attention stories about water from different parts of the world caught through the camera lenses of travelers, photographers and philanthropists who care about the future of our planet.

A project titled 'Museum Water - Water for the Future' is also accompanying the exhibition. While in Ljubljana we are proud of our excellent drinking water flowing from the taps and public drinking fountains located all over the city, there are many places in the world struggling with a lack of it.

You can buy a bottle of pure natural water at the City Museum's shop or at portable stalls on various locations in the historic city centre of Ljubljana. Impressed into the glass is a grip of a hand belonging to a resident of a small village in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. For indigenous people living in this remote region stricken by civil war, drinking water is extremely hard to come by on a daily basis. Over the years their plight has been documented and publicly addressed many times by Slovenian human rights activist Tomo Križnar.

The Water exhibition will be on view in the City Museum of Ljubljana until 8 May 2016.