The Slovene Ethnographic Museum is the country's foremost ethnological museum responsible for the keeping, preservation, study and comprehension of collections of artefacts related to Slovenian and non-European material, social and spiritual culture. The Museum was founded in 1923, when it separated from the National Museum of Slovenia. Its earliest origins go back to the collections put together by the Provincial Museum of Carniola (Deželni muzej za Kranjsko), established in 1821.
In order to present traditional culture of Slovenian inhabited areas and the cultures of several other peoples of the world, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum presents a programme of exhibitions and other events related to Slovenians (including Slovenian ethnic minorities abroad and expatriates) and other European and non-European peoples, runs a programme of educational events, and releases various publications. Exhibited artefacts and museum activities cover both material cultural heritage related to everyday and ceremonial life and the intangible heritage of knowledge, values, skills, wisdom and creativity.
The Slovene Ethnographic Museum also incorporates a weavers' workshop, a museum shop called Lectarija and a café.
Permanent exhibition: Between Nature and Culture
The Slovene Ethnographic Museum's permanent exhibition of over 3,000 items presents the treasury of Slovenia's and the world's ethnological heritage. It provides an insight into the purposes of exhibited artefacts and the ways our ancestors used them, and traces their transformations over time and space.
Permanent exhibition: I, We and Others - Images of My World
This exhibition is about man's place among his fellow men and his place in space and time. The exhibition's seven chapters reflect the different aspects of the individual's sense of belonging, which stems from man's social nature and is shaped by the environment. The cohesive thread running through the exhibition is individuals' journey through life illustrated by glimpses into their personal lives, family histories, and their shared history as Slovenians.
Permanent exhibition: Honey-bread is for small change
The Slovene Ethnographic Museum is presenting a hidden treasure with a new permanent exhibition, where it presents a unique collection – a proper candle and honey-product-making workshop and shop from Trubarjeva ulica in Ljubljana. The exhibition presents this 22-year-old trade workshop and shop by the candle and honey-product-making master Jakob Krbavčič. The theme and the content are linked to the permanent exhibition of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum (SEM) and complement it with the city artisan activity of candle and honey-product-making while revealing the interesting career and life of the owners of this trade.
Lectarija Museum Shop
The Lectarija museum shop is a reconstruction of Ljubljana's original Lectarija arts and crafts shop, whose interior furnishings were designed in 1938-39 by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.