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The Slovene Ethnographic Museum (Slovenski Etnografski Muzej), located in the heart of Ljubljana, offers an enlightening glimpse into Slovenia’s rich cultural and social diversity. The museum, situated in a former military barracks, showcases Slovenia’s traditional customs and practices, along with non-European cultural artifacts.


The museum resides in the Metelkova district, an area known for its vibrant art scene and cultural institutions. You’ll find it alongside other museums including the National Museum of Slovenia and the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Here’s what you can explore at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum:

  1. Permanent Collections: The main exhibits, “Between Nature and Culture” and “I, We and Others: Images of My World,” presents the cultural heritage of Slovenia, showcasing traditional crafts, customs, practices, and contemporary trends.
  2. Temporary Exhibits & Events: Frequently updated exhibits shed light on various global cultures, and regular events and workshops cater to different age and interest groups.
  3. Interactive Exhibits: In the “Touching Allowed” section, visitors get a hands-on experience with objects and try out traditional crafts.


The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.


  • The museum offers audio guides in various languages for a small fee, providing a richer experience.
  • Bring a camera to capture quirky details and displays.
  • Check their events calendar for engaging workshops and interactive sessions.

Food & Shopping:

There is a café for refreshments, overlooking a charming courtyard. The museum shop sells handcrafted items, books, and souvenirs connected to the museum’s collections.

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  • 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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