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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.

Location:

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.

Attractions:

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.

Hours:

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

Tips:

  • 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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