Ljubljana’s museums may not be world famous, but they are still as vibrant and varied as the city itself. Whether you’re looking to delve into the turbulent history of Slovenia, admire the masterworks of local artists or simply while away the hours on a rainy day, there’s a museum for all tastes in Ljubljana.
With its distinctive collection of folk costumes, traditional musical instruments and cultural artifacts, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum is the perfect introduction to Ljubljana’s heritage, bringing to life Slovenia’s unique culture and history through a series of colorful exhibits. More of the country’s historic artifacts and archeological finds are on display at the National Museum of Slovenia, the Ljubljana City Museum and the Slovene Museum of Natural History, whereas the Museum of Modern History in Tivoli Park focuses on the city’s evolution throughout the 20th century. Equally fascinating is the exhibition of Slovenian History in the Ljubljana Castle Museum, which chronicles Slovenia’s history through Roman, medieval, Victorian, WWI and WWII eras.
Awestruck by the dramatic Art Nouveau designs of native architect Jože Plečnik? Check out his collection of works at the Architecture Museum of Ljubljana, devoted to chronicling the city’s architectural development and showcasing the works of local and international architects. Art lovers can also enjoy local artistry at the National Gallery, with its vast collection of 13th to 20th century Slovene art; the Museum of Modern Art, with its selection of 20th century Slovene and international pieces; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, renowned for its permanent exhibition of post-war avant garde artworks from around Europe.
Once you’ve crammed your head full of facts and exhausted your creative curiosities, it’s time to have some lighthearted fun. Head to the Ljubljana Tobacco Museum for an insight into the city’s history of tobacco and cigar production; indulge in beer tasting at the Union Brewery Museum or take the kids to the quirky House of Experiments for an interactive introduction to science.