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.
The thousand-year-old cultural heritage of Ljubljana is preserved here. The palace had additional changes at the end of the 20th century, so it got an additional 1000m2.
At the end of 2008, the city of Ljubljana founded the united public institutions, the City Museum and the City Gallery. You will often see the abbreviation MGML, or Mestna galerija Mestni muzej (The City Gallery or The City Museum). The museum-gallery offer includes, in addition to historical heritage, domestic and foreign contemporary fine art. MGML has been managing Plečnik's house as well as the Tobačna 001 cultural center since 2010. MGML contains 11 units today: Ljubljana City Museum, Ljubljana City Gallery, Vžigalica Gallery, Jakopič Gallery, Bežigrad Galleries 1 and 2, Plečnik House, Emona Archaeological Park, Tobačna 001 Cultural Center, Ivan Cankar Memorial Room and Župančič Memorial Collection.
The goal is to better understand the connection with the past and connect it with contemporary views on artistic practices. Throughout history, art found an understanding between former city life and today's. The museum contains the collection of over 200.000 items today. The oldest wooden wheel in the world with a wooden axle is in this museum. Permanent exhibitions are related to the history of Ljubljana, but temporary exhibitions are often organized, as well as some professional lectures, workshops, courses and various other events.
Ticket price for the City Museum
Regular ticket price: 6 €
Reduced ticket price: 4 €
Family ticket: 14 €
Opening hours of the City Museum
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
The museum is closed on Mondays and November 1, December 25 and January 1.
Author of the article:
Bojana Pantić - our correspondent for Ljubljana
photo credit: The City Museum