Visitors to the City Museum of Ljubljana can admire the Renaissance architectural features of the palatial museum building, as the museum is situated in Auersperg Palace, which in itself is an architectural monument.
The museum holds Ljubljana’s cultural heritage that ranges from the 4,500-year-old prehistoric pile dwelling settlement to the present-day charming capital of Slovenia. Its collection comprises over 200,000 museum objects accounting for several millennia of the Ljubljana region’s heritage. The museum is especially proud of the two findings, the world’s oldest wooden wheel with a wooden axle and a wooden point around 40.000 years old.
To round off the tour of the four-storey museum building, visitors can stop at the museum café for refreshment or at the museum shop to buy a souvenir.
Permanent Exhibition Faces of Ljubljana
The permanent exhibition Faces of Ljubljana is dedicated to the life and history of Ljubljana. It presents Ljubljana and the earlier settlements on its site in an interesting way, tracing their history from the time of a prehistoric lake dwelling dating back to 4500 BC to the time of the modern Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The city is presented through everyday life of its residents and the lives of famous personalities related to it. Various thematic sections feature selected city images showing Ljubljana as a place for living and an economic, political, administrative and creative centre. Come and take a look at the faces which have created the capital of Slovenia.
Emona: The Roman Trail of Ljubljana
The Roman Trail of Ljubljana is a circular route taking in ten monuments of the Roman city of Emona, whose 2000th anniversary of foundation was celebrated in 2014. The trail includes, among other things, the Emona House and the Early Christian Centre archaeological parks, where visitors can see the most beautifully preserved remains of Roman houses in Ljubljana, and the remains of the Emona city wall, renovated by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
All the monuments along the route are marked with information boards with QR codes, which allow smart phone users to access related audio and visual content on the internet. Tickets are available from the City Museum of Ljubljana. Each ticket comes with a free map of Emona. The two archaeological parks are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00, Thursdays 10:00-21:00. Museum is closed on Mondays, 1 January, 1 November and 25 December.
The City Museum of Ljubljana is located in the Auersperg Palace (Turjaška palača), a historic building once owned by the House of Auersperg, dukes of Carniola. The palace is believed to have been built in 1642 from several older middle-class houses. It has undergone several restorations. Its front façade is adorned with pilasters and a classical entrance portal. It has an arched courtyard. In 2004, it was completely restored and turned into a modern museum by the architects Špela Videčnik and Rok Oman.