How Many Museums are there in Slovenia?

Many people consider museums boring. However, this is a biased approach because they evolve like music or any other kind of art. Of course, there are classical museums that can be interesting for historians or other academicians. On the other hand, some of the alternative museums can really impress.

In Slovenia, there are approximately 67 museums officially recognized by the Slovenian Museums Association, and the same number of other museums, which still haven’t been included in their list in the official Guide to Slovenian Museums and Galleries.

Here we will consider two types of museums: the classical ones and alternative museums. Generally speaking, in the first category, you can find museums and exhibitions related to such topics as history, culture, anthropology, classic art, and many others. On the other hand, alternative museums give a different, interactive perspective of studying things. There, you can touch, feel, taste, and feel the things by tips of your fingers in a metaphorical context.

Classical Museums

The National Museum of Slovenia and the Slovenian Museum of Natural History

These two are located in the one building, in the center of Ljubljana, near Tivoli City Park, the Parliament, and the Opera House. That’s why we consider them under one heading. Moreover, they are the oldest scientific and natural institutions in the country.

The first one is divided into an Archaeological Department, a Numismatic Cabinet, a Department of Prints and Drawings, and a Department of History and the Applied Arts. Therefore, you can find here pieces of art as well as a big collection of coins and banknotes. Some of the exhibits date back from ancient times. Not a surprise because the museum was established when there was no Slovenia but only Carniola Province. Thereby, the museum gathered a decent collection since that time.

In its turn, the Slovenian Museum of Natural History shows great biodiversity of the country. Its symbol since 1938 is an almost complete skeleton of the woolly mammoth, found in Nevlje settlement. Also, it includes such exhibits as Sigmund Zois’s mineral collection, collection of mollusk shells with about 5,000 specimens, bird, reptile, fish, mammal, and skeleton collections, and the significant one, the 210-million-year-old 84-centimeter long fish skeleton found in the Triglav Mount.

Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova

Its abbreviation is MG+MSUM, but it is also known as The Moderna galerija. The museum is located in Ljubljana as well, and it is the biggest national institution for modern and contemporary art. This includes a photo archive, a library, an extensive Modern art archive, a translation, and publications department.

The freshest collection is the new media collection, where you can find video works, films, moving images, installations, and Internet projects. It shows the development of media art in Slovenia and presents a varied picture in terms of generation, expression, and technological approach.

There is a separate big article about it on our website, so we invite you to check it here.

Slovene Ethnographic Museum

SEM is unofficially called “a museum about people, from people, and for people”. Slovene Ethnographic Museum includes traditional and urban, mass, and pop culture from all over Slovenia and even diaspora in other countries. Its origin dates back to ethnographic collections of the Provincial Museum of Carniola.

Here, you can find 3000 items of every day and holiday life and more than 40,000 objects different objects, including exhibitions about the human being, on gingerbread and candle-making, the oldest collection of African objects of the Nilotic people in Europe, online collections of objects, photography, and filmography, and several collections at eleven curatorships related to any field of human life.

Ptuj Castle

This one is for lovers of everything classical. The museum’s exhibitions overtake the periods from the 16th to the 19th century, and the castle itself was built in the 12th century, whereas the first fortifications appeared even earlier, in the 9th century.

Here you will find art, furniture, costumes, everyday objects, and even the old collection of musical instruments!

Kobarid Museum

This town with the same name is considered as the place of remembrance of World War I. Here it happened the warfare scene of the biggest mountain battle in human history. Therefore, you can visit the Kobarid Museum in order to dig deep inside world history as well as the Slovenian one experiencing the place by the tips of your fingers. You can find antique weaponry, armors, and names more connected with the battles of World War I.

In the town, don’t forget also to find the Napoleon Bridge, the Kozjak Waterfall, its pool, and the most interesting part, the Cheese-Making Museum, that is not big but must visit for lovers of this tasty dairy product.

Alternative Museums

Magical World of Shells Museum

It is located in Piran, one of the most visited sea towns in Slovenia. That’s why the theme of the museum is marine. The biggest clams in the world, pearls, sea urchins, crabs, sea stars, and much more, will be available here to observe and even to touch. Exhibitions are highly interactive, therefore it was constructed in a way for easy promotion of environmental awareness to people.

Moreover, it includes an incredible collection of 4,000 species of rare and unusual mollusks. If you plan to visit Slovenian Riviera and you are highly interested in marine biology, this one is must-check.

House of Illusions

Ljubljana itself is a magical city. However, if you are not enough of wonders, the House of Illusions is for you. It is full of interesting optical illusions, puzzles, and so on. There is even a “vortex tunnel” here. You can find more than 40 exhibits in the House of Illusions for you to explore.

The perfect place for the people who came travelling to Slovenia with children, or for people who didn’t get rid of their inner child. In general, this one is for everyone.

Old Vine House

The pearl of the Maribor city. Have you seen the oldest wine in the world? Here you will do. Some of the bottles still have fruits inside, in spite of the fact that it is 400 years old, the certificate in the Guinness Book of Records will prove this! The museum is the symbol of Slovenia’s rich viticulture.

And of course, there are wine tastings here. The most important thing, maybe, but before, a guide can tell you more about the wine here, so you’ll enjoy an intimate and delicious taste as an expert.

Railway Museum and Museum of Puppetry

Those are thematic museums located in Ljubljana. If you even were interested in such spheres as puppet theater or railway transportation, you definitely should visit the appropriate one. They are full of interesting exhibitions. Moreover, all of them are translated into English.

Beekeping Museum in Radovljica

Did you know that Slovenia has a beekeeping culture as well? Here, you will find interesting things, artwork, and history of beekeeping. Also, don’t forget to buy the small jar of well-known Slovenian honey.

Franja Partisan Hospital

This one is hard to determine for either classical or alternative categories. On the one side, it is about war, thus about history. On the other one, it tells this story giving a distinct environment of that time.

The hospital was a secret World War II hospital at the Dolenji Novaki village near the Cerkno town in western Slovenia. Today Franja Hospital is a museum. It has been protected as a cultural monument of national significance and now it is one of the candidates to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The hospital consists of 16 buildings, each with its own feelings of desperation and hope. In 2007, it was flooded, very unfortunately. In 2010, it was reconstructed and completely rebuilt, but the environment was saved and still working as a time machine to World War I.

A Museum for Every Taste

Slovenia is the place where you can find typical museums as well as unique ones. Therefore, visiting those places can be really interesting if to forget about the typical stereotypes. Such museums as Old Vine House, House of Illusions, or Shell Museum can open Slovenia from one more side for you.

On the other hand, Slovenians like to visit classical museums, especially during national holidays, when the entrance to those ones is opened for everybody. They represent their national identity they were striving to obtain for centuries.

Moreover, now when every European citizen can visit Slovenia, this is the perfect way of absorbing the culture. An ideal way, of course, would be to live here for some period of time or visit some cultural festival. However, not everybody can get such a possibility because of work, family, or other life situations for example.   

You need to try at least one of them, and after you will not stop visiting Slovenian museums. 

The Full List of Museums

Here, we will provide a full list of museums and their websites for you to be acquainted with all of them and choose the most suitable one.

Officially Recognized by Slovenian Museums Association

Museum of architecture and
White Carniola Museum in
Lower Carniola Museum in Novo MestoNovo Mesto1950
Bohuslav Lavička Pharmaceutical and Medical
Božidar Jakac Art Museum, Kostanjevica na KrkiKostanjevica na
Murska Sobota GalleryMurska
Upper Sava Museum in
The museum of the Litija Public Institute of
Carinthian Gallery of Fine ArtsSlovenj
Carinthian Regional MuseumSlovenj
Loka Museum in Škofja LokaŠkofja
International Center of Graphic
Kamnik Intermunicipal
Ljubljana City Art MuseumLjubljana1963
Idrija Municipal
City Museum of
Mengeš Town MuseumMengeš
Museum of Modern
Slovenian Museum of ChristianityStična (Ivančna Gorica municipality)
Mikl House – Museum,
Rogatec Open-Air
Maribor National Liberation
Celje Museum of Recent
National Museum of Contemporary
Coal Mining Museum of
Slovenian Police
Vrbovec Museum (Museum of Forestry and Timber Industry)
Železniki MuseumŽ
Radovljica Municipality
National Gallery of
National Museum of
Inner Carniola Museum,
Piran Coastal
Pilon Gallery AjdovščinaAjdovšč
Peca Underground (Mežica Lead and Zinc Mine as Tourist Mine and Museum)Mež
Celje Regional
Kočevje Regional MuseumKoč
Koper Regional
Maribor Regional
Murska Sobota Regional MuseumMurska
Ptuj Ormož Regional
Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum
Lower Sava Valley Museum in BrežiceBrež
Slovenian Museum of Natural
Slovenian Ethnographic
Branko Božič Slovenian Firefighter’s
Slovenian National Theatre
Slovenian School
Ljutomer General Library –
Slovenian Technical
Tržič MuseumTržič
Maribor Art
Military Museum of Slovenian Armed
Central Sava Valley
Celeia Institute – Centre for Contemporary
Slovene Geographical
University of Ljubljana Historical Archives and
Slovenian Railway
original source: wikipedia

Other Museums and Galleries

Apiculture Museum
Avgust Černigoj
Baraga HouseKnežja vas at Dobrnič
Birthplace of Hugo WolfSlovenj
Birthplace of Janez
Birthplace of Matija ČopŽ
Blacksmith Museum, RazkrižjeRazkriž
Cave Železna jama and Caving CollectionGorjuš
DLUM GalleryMaribor
Dominko FarmGoriš
Franz Miklosich Memorial RoomRadomerščak
Ethnological Collection of Agricultural ImplementsSveti Jurij ob Šč
Franc Riemer Municipal GallerySlovenske Konjice1994
Grubelnik CollectionRibnica na Pohorju1987
Miško Kranjec FarmVelika
Homogea (Permanent collection Mammoth Hunters)Tržič
Eco-Museum of Hop-Growing and Brewing Industry in SloveniaŽ
Javnik Wood Rafting
Josip Nikolaj Sadnikar
Jože Lacko Memorial RoomPtuj
Lake Shed
Laško MuseumLaš
Levstik House (Memorial Rooms of Fran Levstik and Josip Stritar)Velike Lašč
Ljubljana Puppet Theatre Museum
Lojze Spacal Gallery and the Karst HouseŠ
Karst HouseŠ
Marija Sušnik Ethnographic
Memorial Room of General Rudolf Maister, a.k.a. VojanovZavrh1984
Museum of Medicine, Institute for the History of
Muta Forge
Peter Dajnko FarmČreš
Pleterje Charterhouse Open Air MuseumDrč
Pleteršnik FarmPišece1994
Pocar FarmZgornja
Podgoršek Blacksmith’s MuseumPišece1993
Shoemaker’s MuseumTurnišč
Škrabec FarmHrovač
Slovenska Bistrica CastleSlovenska
Soklič MuseumSlovenj
Stražna Krajina Ethnological and Historical CollectionKrplivnik1997
Tabor Military
Trebnje Gallery of Naïve
Trenta Lodge TNP Information Centre and
Trubar FarmVelike Laš
Union of Slovene Fine Arts Associations (ZDSLU)
Vaneča Memorial RoomVaneča1984
Vlastja Photographic MuseumGorenja vas1991
Vransko Motorcycle
Žalec Institution for Culture, Sport and TourismŽ
Žiri MuseumŽ
Strmol MansionRogatec
Ravne CastleRavne na Koroškem
Lendava SynagogueMaribor1994
Račji Dvor Open-Air MuseumMaribor
original source: wikipedia

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