Fužine Castle: Museum of Architecture and Design

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.

Opening hours

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). 

Every last Saturday of the month the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) organizes guided tour in English. 

Location details

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.



Admission prices

  • €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

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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