Enjoy virtual tours of the best museums and galleries in Slovenia. Discover with us the richness of cultural heritage and the history of Slovenian landscapes.

Ptuj – Ormož Regional Museum

Ptuj – Ormož Regional Museum
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The Regional Museum is located in Ptuj Renaissance castle. The castle is furnished with furniture and works of art dating back to the period from the 16th to the 20th century. The most famous is collections are the collection of arms and the collection of musical instruments. The collection of about 500 pieces of weapons and protective accessories dating from the period from the 15th to the 20th century is located in the hall of the Roman palatium of the 12th century. The museum displays about 300 musical instruments, including a rare instrument worldwide: Roman tibia from the 2nd or 3rd century.

Tolmin Museum

Tolmin Museum
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The Tolmin Museum retains the rich cultural heritage of the Soča valley. The permanent exhibition displays the incredible archaeological finds of Most na Soči, dating back to the early Iron Age. The ethno-historiographic section displays the great peasant revolt of Tolmin of 1713. At the museum, it is possible to participate in guided tours for groups to cultural monuments near Tolmin.

Maribor Regional Museum

Regional Museum Maribor
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The museum is located inside a very interesting building, a cross between a palace and a fortress. You will be able to admire the collections that will make you discover the past of Maribor and the surrounding areas. Among the most particular collections, you will find uniform tin soldiers, banners, watches, lamps, musical instruments, and pharmaceutical objects.

National Gallery of Slovenia

Narodna galerija
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Narodna galerija is the main gallery of ancient art in Slovenia with a permanent exhibition of around 600 works of European and Slovenian art. There are Medieval sacred art, Baroque masterpieces, Biedermeier style portraits, neoclassical paintings, works by realist painters, works by the Slovenian painter Ivana Kobilca and works by Slovenian impressionist painters (Ivan Grohar, Rihard Jakopič, Matija Jama). In the Gallery, there is the original of The Fountain of Three Carniolan Rivers by Francesco Robba, one of the most famous Baroque works of art of Ljubljana.

Technical Museum of Slovenia

Technical Museum of Slovenia
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The museum offers collections and presentations of technical heritage. The forest educational trail in the woods above the Bistra Castle is interesting. Do not miss the limousine collection of the President of the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980). 15 cars once used by the Yugoslav president Tito. Rare examples of prestigious sedans with high technical and historical value.

Posavje Museum in Brežice

Posavje Museum in Brežice
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Inside the castle’s Renaissance-Baroque building, the southernmost of Styria, you will find incredible Neolithic and Iron Age discoveries, some of which date back to around 7,000 years ago. The two-flight stairs, the chapel, and the Knights’ Hall are painted. From the courtyard of the castle, you go up to the first and second floors passing under the baroque portal and you reach the museum with 30 exhibition rooms. In the historical-artistic part of the museum displays the profane and religious legacy of Posavje. And, in the last exhibition room, there is the rich memorial gallery dedicated to the founder, the painter Franjo Stiplovšek.

Museum of Dolenjska in Novo mesto

The Museum of Dolenjska Novo mesto
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In Novo Mesto, in the Lower Carniola museum (Dolenjski muzej) you will find numerous permanent exhibitions. Novo Mesto and its surroundings are rich in remains of different archaeological periods. During the visit of the museum do not miss the exhibition dedicated to Leon Štukelj – the most famous Slovenian athlete of all time. The well-known Olympic champion participated in the Olympics in Paris (1924), Amsterdam (1928), and Berlin (1936).

City Museum of Ljubljana

Mestni muzej Ljubljana
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The City Museum of Ljubljana offers a rich permanent collection that presents the history of the city from prehistoric times to the present day.  In the basement, there are the archaeological remains of a Roman road that once crossed the structure of the museum and the remains of Emona. The most famous archaeological find in the museum is the oldest wooden wheel with an axle in the world, dating back to 3500 BC.

Museum of Modern Art

Moderna galerija
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The museum exhibits works from Arteast 2000+ and works by Slovenian artists from the national MG + MSUM. In the international Arteast 2000+ collection, there are works by avant-garde artists from eastern and western Europe. In the museum library, there are 66,000 books, specialized magazines on the subject of contemporary art and exhibition catalogs.

National Museum of Slovenia

Narodni muzej Slovenije / National Museum of Slovenia
Source: Narodni muzej Slovenije / National Museum of Slovenia Facebook page

The National Museum of Slovenia is in a neo-Renaissance palace in the center of Ljubljana. The central historical museum displays numerous objects from the Slovenian territory. Many of which constitute the best of the world heritage. Among the most important archaeological finds from the prehistoric collection, you will find the Neanderthal flute. In the museum, there are archaeological finds dating back to the times when the territory of today’s Slovenia belonged to the Roman Empire.

Ecomuseum of hop growing and brewing industry in Žalec

Ekomuzeju hmeljarstva in pivovarstva
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Hop cultivation and beer production in this area date back to 1876. The museum presents topics from vintage food and clothing to the discovery of traditions with products derived from hops together with tools for its cultivation and processing.  You can visit the eco-museum independently or with a guide. Inside there is a souvenir shop and a tasting room where you can taste a glass of homemade beer, perhaps accompanied by the typical “hop-pickers’ lunch“.

Museum of Underwater Activities in Piran

Museum of Underwater Activities in Piran
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The Museum of underwater activities will excite you especially if you are interested in scuba diving and its history, as it will revive the exploits of past divers and submarines. The museum will reveal the secrets of the underwater world, where you will encounter mysterious and mythological creatures and lost treasures. You will learn about the different diving techniques and admire interesting diving tools, both ancient and modern.

Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia

Muzej Premogovništva
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Visit the underground tunnels of the museum of the coal mining, to experience the life of the miners. They, for decades, have descended to 160 meters deep to bring “black gold” to the surface. Enjoy an hour and a half on an exciting journey. Between light and acoustic effects, you will learn about the formation, discovery, and extraction of coal in the last decades. The journey ends with a ride on the train of the underground railway.

Plečnik House

Plečnik House
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Jože Plečnik was the famous architect who left his mark on Ljubljana. He lived in this house after returning to his homeland in 1921, having achieved great success in Vienna and Prague. In Plečnik House you will find all the original furnishings and the museum’s permanent exhibition and get to know the work of the architect Plečnik and the path of his life.

Plan your next visit to Slovenia

In conclusion, with the help of virtual reality tours, you can plan your visit to classic and special museums from the comfort of your sofa. At the end of the great pandemic, the Slovenian museum collections will be there waiting for you when you will visit them.

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