There are many museums that visitors maz find in Ljubljana. They are in charge of preserving and researching the historical and cultural heritage of Ljubljana and the whole of Slovenia. Among the museums that should not be missed are the City Museum and Gallery, the Ethnographic Museum, the National Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Museum of Technology of Ljubljana and many others.
National Gallery building in Ljubljana fascinates with its exterior. And when the exterior is beautiful, the interior should be even more beautiful and richer. This is the central gallery of Slovenia and it houses a collection from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. This gallery has its permanent exhibition and those are the work of modern painter from the 20th century, Zoran Mušić. The permanent collection is divided by historical periods, and contains as much as 600 pieces of European and Slovenian art. Here you can see works of medieval church art, baroque works of art by Gregory Lazarini, Biedermeier portraits of Jožef Tominac, works of realists, some Slovenian artists such as Ivana Kobilica and Ivan Grohar.
The Modern Gallery was founded in 1948 in Ljubljana and was considered the central institution of modern and contemporary art. As of November 26, 2011, this institution of national importance consists of two places. The Modern Gallery MG and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova MSUM, which were opened in new premises, in the former space of the Yugoslav People's Army JNA.
The City Museum is in charge of preserving and researching the historical heritage of Slovenia. It is located next to Križanke, in the significant historical palace Turjaška, on the French Revolution square. The first museum collection was opened in 1937, when work on the renovation of the premises in the palace began. It contained the residential cultures of the bourgeoisie from the late Middle Ages to the first half of the 19th century. After the Second World War, the palace housed the library until the year of 2000, the City Archives, the Commission for Education and Culture of the City People's Government, the wardrobe of the City Theater of Ljubljana, etc.
If you want to get to know and understand the culture of Slovenia better, the Ethnographic Museum next to the City Museum is indispensable. The museum presents the spiritual, tangible and social culture of the people of Slovenia from the distant past to the present day. The meeting of past and present culture, the connection between traditional and modern culture is united in the Ethnographic Museum. The tangible and intangible cultural heritage, various values, techniques and heritage of knowledge and the way of life are presented here.
The Technical Museum of Slovenia is the largest of all museums. This building is located in a beautiful natural fairytale environment, 20 kilometers away from Ljubljana. The museum is located in a former Carthusian monastery. It contains permanent and temporary exhibitions on agriculture, forestry, transport, wood processing, textiles, hunting and fishing, electrical engineering and printing. The thing that attracts the most attention from the visitors are Tito's cars, which are the oldest preserved examples in Slovenia.