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National Theatre Institute of Slovenia

The Slovenian Theatre Museum, which has been open for more than 60 years, presents the history of theatre in Slovenia. It houses a collection of exhibits relating to spoken, musical, dance, and puppet theatre, scenic and costume design, and theatre architecture. Visitors to the museum can also acquaint themselves with the most prominent figures in the world of theatre.

The museum's collections feature photographs, theatre programmes, posters, letters, manuscripts, books, periodicals, newspaper clippings, audio and video footage, set design and costume sketches, and (to a lesser extent) costumes, set design models, and other objects related to theatre.

Permanent exhibition: From the Jesuits to Ivan Cankar – On the Beginnings of Slovenian Theatre

This exhibition presents the beginnings and main trends in Slovenian theatre, its place within the context of European cultural developments, and its role in the shaping of Slovenian national consciousness. It covers different periods in Slovenian theatrical history from the Passion processions of the second half of the 17th century to 16 March 1900, which saw the premiere of Ivan Cankar's play Jakob Ruda, the first piece of modern Slovenian theatre.


Monday to Friday 9.00-16.00.


Mestni trg 17 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 (0)1 241 58 00

Faks: +386 (0)1 241 58 16

Email: [email protected]

Web site: National Theatre Institute of Slovenia