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The National Museum of Slovenia (Narodni muzej Slovenije), as the oldest and largest Slovene museum, is an indispensable guide to understanding the country’s history. Originating from 1821, it presents a comprehensive collection of archaeological, historical, and cultural artifacts, offering a fascinating insight into the past and present day of Slovenia.


Located in the center of Ljubljana, the museum is part of the Museum Quarter in Metelkova, adjacent to the Slovene Ethnographic Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Here’s what you can explore at the National Museum of Slovenia:

  1. Historic Artifacts: The museum’s curated exhibits span from the Stone Age to the Medieval Period, including Slovenia’s oldest musical instrument and the world-famous Vače Situla, a Bronze Age artifact.
  2. Numismatic Collection: Discover the coin, medallion, and paper money collection, which covers the period from antiquity to modern times.
  3. Thematic Exhibitions: Several exhibitions focus on the history of traditional Slovene crafts, arts, customs, and civilizations.


The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and up to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.


  • Look out for expertly-led guided tours and workshops for an enhanced learning experience.
  • Check online for various discounts on entry fees.

Food & Shopping:

While there are no dining facilities at the museum, its central location means a variety of cafes and restaurants are nearby. The museum has a shop that sells publications, postcards, and souvenirs related to the museum’s collections and exhibitions.

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  • Monday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Tuesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Wednesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Thursday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  • Friday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Saturday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Sunday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
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