While it would be unjust to expect that the Slovenian National Museum have masterpieces on par with any of the larger capitals in Western Europe, it does have some very intriguing works. The museum is interesting itself, with its new-looking glass entry way leading to old, creaking wooden floors. Take the time to explore this quaint museum.
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
Thursday 10 am - 8 pm
The National Museum of Slovenia has not a very large collection, but still has a couple of interesting things. The collection includes a large number of tombstones from roman times and items from the cultures who lived in the area during the past centuries. This includes a bone flute which is said to be around 50 000 years old making it the world's oldest music instrument to be found. Beside that, the museum has the only egyptian mummy in Slovenia. The recent centuries are not present in the museum, they are found in the museum of modern history in Tivoli Park.
The museum shares the building with the museum for natural history. Beside the stuffed animals you will find in every museum of this kind, there is a small but nice exhibition about the Proteus Anguinus (with two plastic toy Proteus swimming in a water bassin) and a large collection of mineral from Baron Sigmund Zois von Edelstein.
The building itself was erected between 1883 and 1885, making it one of many austro-hungarian neo-renaissace buildings in the city. It was originally named Rudolfinum in honour of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austro-Hungary who supported natural scientific projects of that time.
This museum is located in the centre of Ljubljana, in a neo-Renaissance palace built by architect Viljem Treo between 1883 and 1885 but the museums history goes back to 1821. The main part of the museum displays exhibits tracing the country's history and culture and include the world's oldest instrument - a bone flute said to be 55,000 years old. Other exhibits include a lot of stone statues and tablets and burial remains. The museum also includes Slovenia's only Egyptian mummy and other Egyptology artifacts. There was also a big exhibition on the Euro which Slovenia will join on 1/1/2007. The building also houses the Slovenian Museum of Natural History.
Open: 10am-6pm daily. Admission: 700 SIT or 1000 SIT if combined with the Slovenian Museum of Natural History.
To the right of the main entrance is a modern glass sided building that houses almost 200 Roman stone monuments and is free to enter. The exhibits inside include tombs, tombstones, mosaics, columns and other parts of buildings. They date from the 1st to 4th centuries AD and were found with in the territory of Emona (the Roman name of the settlement on the site of the present Ljubljana) and other regions in Slovenia.
The National Museum (Naraodni Muzej)
The museum was established in 1821 and has been in this building since 1885.
It was one of the first provincial foundations of this type. Amongst its collections are archaelogical, cultural, historical and natural history. In from of the building is a monument to the Slovene polyhistor Janez Vajkard Valvasor.
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 6 pm,
Thursday 10 am - 8 pm,
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SLOVENIA (PREŠERNOVA)
Opened: 10am-6pm (Monday- Sunday)
National museum of Slovenia is the oldest and the largest Slovene museum.
It was founded in 1821. Existent museum building on the Museum street, was built in 1888 and was the first, building, assigned solely to culture in Slovenia.
Today its stores a rich collections of valuable objects. The oldest spring back to the Stone Age, but there are also the newer ones, which are still used in our everyday life. Important columns of museum activity are also rich museum library and unit for preservation and restoring.
* Treasures of the NMS
* Slovene language: Identity and Symbol. A short history of Slovenes.
* The acient egyptian mummy
* The lapidarium
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SLOVENIA (METELKOVA)
Opened: 10am-6pm (Tuesday-Sunday)
In the new building of the National museum of Slovenia on the Metelkova Street, are exhibited collections of the applied art heritage of Slovenia. The permanent exhibition brings together objects of applied arts from the 14th century to the present day.
Find the pot of gold - not on the far end of the rainbow, but at the National Museum of Slovenia. This is what it looks like. Now go and see if you can find it too!
Egyptian mummy at the National Museum in Ljubljana dating back to the 5th or 6th century BC. I guess the one time owner of this coffin would be quite surprised to learn that it ended up in Slovenia.