City Museum of Ljubljana


The excellent city museum, established in 1935, focuses on Ljubljana’s history, culture and politics via imaginative multimedia and interactive displays. The reconstructed street that once linked the eastern gates of the Roman colony of Emona (today’s Ljubljana) to the Ljubljanica River, and the collection of well-preserved classical artefacts in the basement treasury, are worth a visit in themselves. So too are the models of buildings that the celebrated architect Jože Plečnik never got around to erecting.

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1. Ilirija Column

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The column in the centre of Trg Francoske Revolucije recalls Napoleon’s Illyrian Provinces (1809–13), when Slovene was taught in schools for the first…

2. National & University Library

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This library is architect Jože Plečnik’s masterpiece, completed in 1941. To appreciate this great man’s philosophy, enter through the main door (note the…

3. Trg Francoske Revolucije

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Once the headquarters of the Teutonic Knights of the Cross (Križniki), the square now houses the Križanke open-air theatre. The Ilirija Column is in the…

4. Novi Trg

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South of Cobblers' Bridge, this was a walled settlement of fisherfolk outside the town administration in the Middle Ages. Remnants include the very narrow…

5. Equrna Gallery


Arguably the most innovative modern gallery in town thanks to the discerning owner/curator.

7. Stari Trg

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Lined with 19th-century wooden shopfronts, quiet courtyards and cobblestone passageways, this is the heart of the Old Town. From behind the medieval…

8. Škuc Gallery

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Cutting-edge contemporary art gallery with a studenty vibe in the heart of the Old Town.