Museums in Ljubljana and its surrounding areas

Due to Ljubljana and Central Slovenia's rich and unique artistic and historical heritage, visiting the region's museums is quite an experience.

Apart from the collections held by national and local museums, Central Slovenia also boasts many interesting historical collections kept at renovated castles, and remarkable arts and crafts collections on display at farm museums.

A wealth of archaeological heritage

Ljubljana's museums keep a large number of remarkable archaeological finds including, among others, the world's oldest wooden wheel, the Neanderthal flute from Divje Babe, a Stone Age wooden spear point, various objects left behind by prehistoric pile dwellers, the baked clay female idol from Ljubljana Marshes, and a wealth of more "usual" archaeological finds, such as the mammoth skeleton kept at the Slovenian Museum of Natural History, and the Egyptian mummy held by the National Museum of Slovenia.

Ljubljana and Central Slovenia also have a rich Roman legacy. Two open-air archaeological parks in Ljubljana display the remains of the Roman city of Emona. The remnants of the Roman defensive wall system known as Claustra Alpium Iuliarum are on display at the archaeological park on the Hrušica plateau.

From the Catholic history to President Tito's limousines

Apart from those mentioned above, the region's most interesting museums include the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, which houses a rich collection of Slovenian and world heritage, the Cistercian monastery in the village of Stična, whose collection is dedicated to Catholic history and liturgical arts, Bogenšperk Castle, once the home of the Slovenian polymath Janez Vajkard Valvasor (1641-1693), and the Technical Museum of Slovenia in Bistra, which holds collections of technical and industrial heritage, including a collection of limousines once owned by the Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980).

Art museums and gallery collections

Ljubljana may not have a world famous art museum yet, but its artistic life is extraordinarily vibrant.

Ljubljana's major historical art collections are on display at the National Gallery, major collections of 20th century art at the Museum of Modern Art, and the most acclaimed exhibitions of work by contemporary artists at the International Centre of Graphic Arts, also well known for producing the world renowned International Biennial of Graphic Arts every odd year, the Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre, and the City Art Museum.

 

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