The Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) is Slovenia's foremost museum of architecture, urban planning, industrial and graphic design, and photography. It systematically collects, stores and studies materials related to these fields of activity and displays them in temporary and permanent exhibitions, making it possible for visitors to understand the past and the future of architecture, design and photography.
Apart from being a museum, MAO is also an architectural and design centre. Serving as a platform for the exchange of ideas and knowledge in the fields of architecture, urban planning and design, it encourages dialogue between those engaged in them.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00.
The museum is closed to visitors when exhibitions are being set up and on selected public holidays (1 January, 1 November, 25 December).
Fužine Castle (Grad Fužine) is Ljubljana's only mansion that has, in spite of several restorations, retained its original Renaissance character. It was built by a crossing point over the Ljubljanica river's rapids between 1528 and 1557 on commission from the wealthy local merchants Veit Khisl and Hans Weilhaimer, the former of whom served several terms of office as Mayor of Ljubljana. A defence tower was built in each of the four corners of the castle building and another one over the entrance, which is accessible via a stone bridge across the moat surrounding the castle. Inside the castle there are remains of Renaissance and Baroque wall paintings, and on the wooden ceiling of the castle chapel a fragment of a ceiling painting.
Each time the Castle changed hands it was adapted to the needs of its new owners. During its history it has housed an iron smelting works, a smithy, a glassworks and a paper pulping mill, and served as ancillary premises of a power plant. Since 1992, when it was thoroughly renovated by the architect Peter Gabrijelčič, it has been occupied by the Museum of Architecture and Design.
- €3.00 for adults
- €1.50 for schoolchildren, students and senior citizens
- €2.00 per person for groups of more than 10 adults taking a guided museum tour
- €5.00 for families (up to two adults with children)
- free for pre-schoolers, the disabled, the unemployed, journalists presenting a valid press card, and members of professional associations presenting their credentials
Every first Sunday of the month admission is free for all visitors.
Stories of Ljubljana's Castles
- €11.00 for adults
- €5.50 for children
The ticket is valid for three days from purchase.
Events / 3
This exhibition presents neighborhoods from the 50ties that became tools for organized expansion of the cities. The exhibition also focuses on the changes in life of people who migrated from rural areas to the city.
The exhibition is an expression of the results of the international urban planning workshop TBI: Youth, City and Heritage, which has been exploring challenges, urban planning development and the revitalization of industrial heritage that the younger generations face these days in the town of Idrija (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Intervention are designed as a series of micro- interventions in the existing space in the vicinity of Fužine Castle and neighborhood Nove Fužine in Ljubljana. Designed by the Chilean - French architecture bureau Plan Común and Portuguese landscape architect Tiago Torres - Campos this intervention is set in the context...