Cekin Mansion: 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 onwards. It holds collections relating to the First and Second World Wars, the period between the two wars, the Socialist period, and the establishment of independent Slovenia. Exhibits include museum objects, archive and library materials, fine art works, and photographs.

Permanent exhibition: Slovenians in the 20th Century

The museum's permanent exhibition Slovenians in the 20th Century offers an insight into the seminal events, everyday life and historical documents of the period from the beginning of the First World War to Slovenia's independence in 1991.
The journey through recent Slovenian history takes visitors through six exhibition sections, from a First World War trench, through the time of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians, past the conflagrations of the Second World War, through the turbulent post-war period and the time of the socialist regime and economy in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and further on to the time of Slovenia's independence. 

Celovška cesta 23 1000 Ljubljana

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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 onwards. It holds collections relating to the First and Second World Wars, the period between the two wars, the Socialist period, and the establishment of independent Slovenia. Exhibits include museum objects, archive and library materials, fine art works, and photographs.

Permanent exhibition: Slovenians in the 20th Century

The museum's permanent exhibition Slovenians in the 20th Century offers an insight into the seminal events, everyday life and historical documents of the period from the beginning of the First World War to Slovenia's independence in 1991.
The journey through recent Slovenian history takes visitors through six exhibition sections, from a First World War trench, through the time of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians, past the conflagrations of the Second World War, through the turbulent post-war period and the time of the socialist regime and economy in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and further on to the time of Slovenia's independence. 

Opening hours

Daily from 10:00-18:00. Mondays and public holidays closed.

Location details

The National Museum of Contemporary History is housed in Cekin Mansion (Cekinov grad), a two-storey pavilion building located on the edge of the Tivoli park. It was built between the 1752 and 1755 on commission from Count Leopold Lamberg. The mansion's later owners notably included the family of Peter Kosler, a renowned cartographer who drew the famous Map of the Slovenian Land and Provinces (Zemljevid slovenske dežele in pokrajin) in 1863.

The exterior of the Mansion has a modest but refined late Baroque façade. Baroque wall paintings adorn an outstandingly beautiful hall on the first floor. In 1991, the interior was renovated by the architect Jurij Kobe, who took into consideration the building's original concept, but, on the grounds that the Baroque decoration was almost completely destroyed, decided on modern and functional design. The renovation also included the building of a communication tower in the courtyard and conversion of loft space.

Notes

Admission:

  •  €3.50 for adults
  • €2.50 for schoolchildren, secondary and university students, soldiers and seniors
  • free for groups of preschoolers and SMD, ICOM, Press, AICA, ITIC or ISTC cardholders

Free for everyone visiting the Museum's permanent exhibition Slovenians in the 20th Century on the first Sunday of the month.

Stories of Ljubljana's Castles

Embark on an exploration of Ljubljana castles' past and present. Save money by getting a combined ticket to Ljubljana Castle, Tivoli Mansion, Fužine Castle, and Cekin Mansion.

  • €11.00 for adults
  • €5.50 for children

The ticket is valid for three days from purchase.

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Ljubljana Card

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    In Search of Freedom: 1968-2018

    Has searching for freedom changed in the last 50 years? The international exhibition In Search of Freedom: 1968-2018 offers an answer to this question and through the examination of the images of student protests across Europe, paints an image the world as it then was, juxtaposing it with the imagery...

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  • Edi Šelhaus. Retrospective

    Edi Šelhaus. Retrospective

    On the International Museum Day on Friday, May 18, 2019, the National Museum of Contemporary History has put in place a Retrospective photograph of the famous Slovenian photo reporter Edi Šelhaus. An exhibition will honour his 100th anniversary of birth.

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  • Walls

    Walls

    International Exhibition

    Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is clear that the processes of democratization and integration of Europe, announced in the historical year of 1989, have failed to achieve their goals. Although many real and symbolic walls have been demolished, new ones have been raised instead, and...

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  • Edi Šelhaus: Photographic Highlights

    Edi Šelhaus: Photographic Highlights

    Photo exhibition

    The exhibition Edi Šelhaus: Photographic Highlights is yet another thematic exhibition from rich fund of photographs by Edi Šelhaus, one of Slovenian’s best-known photojournalists.

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