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National Museum (Narodni Muzej)

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Address: Presernova cesta 20 | entrance from Muzejska ulica, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia
Phone Number:
+386 1 241 44 00
10:00 - 18:00
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Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

National Museum of Slovenia is the oldest and the largest museum...

National Museum of Slovenia is the oldest and the largest museum institution in Slovenia. It was founded in 1821. The museum palace in the very centre of Ljubljana was built in 1888 and was the first building in Slovenia, assigned exclusively to culture. The permanent archaeological exhibition reveals the unique past of Slovenia. Among other great exhibits you can see the earliest musical instrument in the world, the 60,000-year-old Neanderthal flute as well as the situla from Vače.

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The National Museum of Slovenia and The Natural History Museum share the same building. Information is mainly in Slovenian but you can get an audio guide.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 August 2016
Turi, Estonia
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Maribor, Slovenia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited just the main building near the Parliament. They can get five stars for archeology and really interesting old whistle, Vaška situla and Roman antique. Less interesting is presentation of newer history. Second museum in the same building, Prirodoslovni muzej, has also some fine presentations. Entrance fee is not high and museum has fewer visitors than expected.

Thank Miha P
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as each 1.sunday in Month, slowenian i dont know who,offer to the population,a free entrance to all Museums. Sure i took a whole morning to see,explore and visit the nacional museum. They have a lot of very very interesting thins,artefacts,and MUMIES as well,and sclelts od Mamoth,and sabertoth,and a lot. very very friendly stuff.Excellent

Thank Davor N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

I thought the museum was absolutely first class. There were odds and ends of Roman, Greek, Egyptian etc.stuff, but if you want those you go to the original site; so I didn't even bother to look. On the history of the area and the Slovene people it was excellent and mostly explained in English as well as Slovenian. That was... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 360 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The superb permanent collection has some real treasures and is surprisingly compact, so quite do-able in an hour. Or you can study in detail the history of the area – from Neanderthals to the Middle Ages - for longer. Objects date from 100,000 years ago to the present, with many items from a few thousand just before the Romans and... More 

Thank AdventurePhiles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We only came here because it was raining heavily. It was only OK. We were a bit disappointed really. The history of Slovenia section was fairly interesting and in both English and Slovenian but the rest was solely in Slovenian so while the animal exhibits were good to look at we didn't learn anything. The statue of the romantic boy... More 

Thank Melanie P
Turi, Estonia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

The National Museum of Slovenia and The Natural History Museum share the same building. Information is mainly in Slovenian but you can get an audio guide.

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Piraeus, Greece
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Be warned!!! Went on 21.7 and the flute was missing due to unexplained reasons from 24.6 leaving behind a replica. Unbelievable!! Rest museum is ok but not worth of 6€ since its too small and the main attraction is not there!!

2 Thank Vassilis N
Houten, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Its well design for kids even 90% contents without English. But luckliy with few interactive computers can play there. Really suggest this national meseum wirh full English will more attrative to tourists.

Thank Jenny v
High Point, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

I did not do the Natural History section, only the National Museum. If this is the only history museum you visit in Ljubljana, you may wonder why it only goes through the Middle Ages. Because there's a spectacularly good History of Slovenia in the Castle as well as the Museum of Contemporary History in Tivoli Park. This museum focuses on... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

We visited here in our limited time. Its collections were rich. We especially liked the objects belonging to Roman period.

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