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Must-See Museums in Ljubljana

By Viator, March 2018

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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.

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Ljubljana Walking Tour with Ljubljana Castle Funicular Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

See Ljubljana’s highlights on a walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Explore Ljubljana Old Town, stroll through several squares, encounter city icons ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.30
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Ljubljana City Tour Including Ljubljana Castle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Enjoy this 2-hour city tour of Ljubljana with visit to Ljubljana Castle.

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.84
Socialism and the City of Ljubljana Small Group Walking Tour, Ljubljana, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Socialism and the City of Ljubljana Small Group Walking Tour

Discover why Slovenians look back on their past with pride, and find out how life was lived just a couple of decades ago. Immerse yourself in one of the most ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.73
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Ljubljana Castle Entrance Ticket

Ljubljana Castle, a mighty medieval fortress, a symbol of the Slovenian capital Ljubljana is an interesting tourist point with idyllic grounds for long strolls ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $9.31
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Ljubljana City Walk and Boat Cruise along the Ljubljanica

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This tour is an excellent combination of learning about the city's history, art, and architecture and enjoying a tourist boat cruise along the river ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $21.09
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Guided Walk and Funicular Ride to Ljubljana Castle

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In the company of a guide, you will take a walk through the historical city centre of Ljubljana, get to know the city's history, art, architecture, and way of ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Following in the footsteps of the First Lady of the USA

The First Lady of the USA spent her secondary school and university years in Ljubljana. You will visit the place where she lived, the locations in the ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $155.10
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Ljubljana's Attractions and Art Walking Tour

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Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $21.09
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City Tour of Ljubljana

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Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.38
Ljubljana Music Walking Tour, Ljubljana, City Tours
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Ljubljana Music Walking Tour

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Explore the rich musical history of Ljubljana with this 3-hour walking tour. Led by a friendly guide, stroll through Ljubljana’s city center and listen to ...  Read more

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.45

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