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Must-See Museums in Ljubljana

Must-See Museums in Ljubljana

Ljubljana’s museums may not be world famous, but they are as vibrant and varied as the city itself. Whether you’re looking to delve into the turbulent history of Slovenia, admire the masterpieces of local artists, or simply while away the hours on a rainy day, here are some of the best museums in Ljubljana.

Slovene Ethnographic Museum

With its distinctive collection of folk costumes, traditional musical instruments, and cultural artifacts, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum is the perfect introduction to Ljubljana’s diverse cultural heritage. Its colorful exhibits bring Slovenia’s vibrant history and traditions to life. 

Museum of Contemporary History

The National Museum of Slovenia, the Ljubljana City Museum, and the Slovene Museum of Natural History are all worth a visit for those interested in Slovene history, but the Museum of Contemporary History is among the most compelling. Focusing on the city’s evolution throughout the 20th century, it’s located in the exquisite Cekin Mansion at the heart of leafy Tivoli Park.

Ljubljana Castle Museum

Ljubljana’s hilltop castle is one of the city’s most visited attractions, but after taking a ride on the Ljubljana Castle funicular and admiring the views from the Outlook Tower, be sure to visit the castle museum. The Exhibition of Slovene History chronicles the region’s history through Roman, medieval, and Victorian times, WWI, and WWII, plus there’s a puppet museum devoted to the Slovene art of puppeteering.

National Gallery of Slovenia

The top ticket for art lovers is the National Gallery of Slovenia, home to the country’s largest art collection. The vast collection spans the 13th to 20th centuries, with a focus on Slovene art, and is housed in the Narodni Dom Palace. The neighboring Museum of Modern Art is also worth a visit, with a selection of works by 20th-century Slovene and international artists.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MSUM)

For something a little more cutting edge, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MSUM) is renowned not only for its permanent exhibition of postwar avant-garde artworks from around Europe, but for its boundary-pushing temporary exhibitions. Located in the Metelkova district, it’s just a short stroll from the Slovene Ethnographic Museum.

Architecture Museum of Ljubljana

If you’ve been admiring the dramatic art nouveau designs of local architect Jože Plečnik, head to the Architecture Museum of Ljubljana. There you can check out his collection of works and learn more about the city’s architectural development and homegrown architects.

Museum of Illusions

Among the latest additions to Ljubljana’s museums, the Museum of Illusions is fast becoming one of its most popular. Filled with quirky displays, mind-bending illusions, and interactive exhibits, it’s a fun way to take a break from sightseeing and entertaining for all ages. 

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Ljubljana City Tour Including Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana City Tour Including Ljubljana Castle

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Taking a guided walking tour of Ljubljana is an excellent way to get to know the city especially if you’re short on time. You’ll pass by the most popular sights while learning about the city’s history, architecture, and culture from your guide. The tour concludes with a tour of the medieval Ljubljana castle where you can climb to the top of the castle tower and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.85
Price varies by group size
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$61.85
Price varies by group size
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Ljubljana Music Walking Tour

Ljubljana Music Walking Tour

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Immerse yourself in the best of Slovenian music during this 3-hour music tour of Ljubljana. Meet up with a friendly local guide who will introduce you to a violinist, who will accompany you on your tour. Stroll through the heart of the city, learn about its history and culture and be transformed as you listed to a variety of the city’s best music. Your tour will end with delicious local food and drinks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.77
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$85.77
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Ljubljana Castle: Entrance Ticket

Ljubljana Castle: Entrance Ticket

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Avoid the crowds by pre-booking your entrance ticket to Ljubljana Castle. Ride the funicular to the top of Castle Hill, then explore the medieval fortress at your own pace, visiting the Pentagonal Tower, Castle Chapel of St George, Penitentiary, and Rustika gallery, then enjoying spectacular views from the Watchtower.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.17
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City Tour of Ljubljana

City Tour of Ljubljana

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Discover one of Europe’s best cities during this 2-hour city tour of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. Led by an informative local guide, you’ll stop at all of the city’s main attractions including Prešeren square, the National Library, the Ljubljanica river and the Three Bridges. Shop for souvenirs in the open air market and admire the charm of the city’s famous medieval streets. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover Ljubljana’s main attractions as well as under-the-radar finds.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.49
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