5 reasons to visit Slovene Ethnographic Museum

by Inga Batur

Slovene Ethnographic Museum, housed in a sleek glass building, located near the cool alternative culture center Metelkova mesto, does a great job of introducing visitors of all ages to Slovenian heritage and culture, as well as cultures of several other peoples of the world. But that’s just one of the reasons to visit.

1. Very cool location

Let’s talk location first. Slovene Ethnographic Museum is not in the city center, it’s closer to Ljubljana’s railway station and Clinical Centre. But it’s here that you can find the alternative culture center of Ljubljana – Metelkova mesto. A place that never sleeps and is always a great option for a night out.

It’s also in very good company, since its neighbors are the new venue of the National Museum of Slovenia, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Slovenian Cinematheque and the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. These impressive buildings were part of the ex-military barrack complex, put to much better use now.

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2. Best way to learn about Slovenian heritage

The main reason for the visit is the chance to learn about Slovenian way of life through time. This is the place that will give you an idea how Slovenian people lived and still live. It’s also tells us locals about the way of life of many different cultures.

Kids and all of us who are very curious will love this museum because it’s very hands-on and there’s lots of touching, feeling, trying, listening involved in the visit.

The artifacts raging from old watches, cribs, farmers’ tools, traditional clothes… are presented in way that sparks imagination. I loved how the long wooden fishing boat stands in the middle of the room, inviting you to jump on board. We had a hard time explaining that’s not allowed to the kids.

But we more than made up once we reached the playroom at the end of the top third floor.

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3. Fun activities for kids

There is a part of the museum – ethno-maze - dedicated to the kids. Here they have a chance to learn about many of the exhibits through play. They can try old games, draw, feel… The only thing worth mentioning is give them time to explore.

The museum also hosts different activities suitable for young ones. My kids would recommend attending one of the pottery workshops on Saturday mornings. These are held at their pottery studio, which can be reached through the coffee shop next door.

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4. Great coffee, etc

And since I am mentioning the coffee shop next door. Let me also add that they serve very good coffee and sweets in a very relaxed ambient. I couldn’t help but admire the red brick ceiling.

Enroll the kids in the workshop while you sip your latte and listen to the local chit chat about their daily lives.

Another great reason for coffee pit stop is that drinks here will get you a discount on the museum tickets.

Good to remember is that entrance is free every first Sunday of the month.

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5. Interesting temporary exhibits

Even if you’ve been to the museum once, this is a place to come back to often, as it hosts interesting temporary exhibits.

Currently there’s one that brings you a little bit closer to understanding the land of Afghanistan. You have until March 2018 to see it, when I am sure it will be replaced by something as interesting.

Inga Batur

Inga Batur thinks all the trips with the kids should be fun(ny).

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