Slovene Ethnographic museum


in short

The Slovene Ethnographic Museum is a museum "about people, for people", a museum of cultural identities, a link between the past and the present, between our own and other cultures, between nature and civilization.
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Slovene Ethnographic museum

in detail

The Slovene Ethnografic Museum seeks to foster knowledge and appreciation of ethnological heritage among a broad public, being a museum of dialogue – open, active, hospitable and dedicated to public service. Through its annual round of exhibitions and other events – Slovene (including minority and expatriate communities), European and non-European – and through its rich educational programme and publications, it presents and reports on traditional culture in Slovenia and the culture of some other of the world's peoples, on the material heritage of both everyday and festive life, and on the intangible heritage of knowledge, values, skills, wisdom and creativity to be found in the Slovene ethnic sphere, both in the diaspora and elsewhere.

The Slovene Ethnographic Museum is the national, central museum of ethnology, with Slovene and equally important non-European collections in the fields of material, social and spiritual culture, which the museum preserves, documents, researches and presents. Its origins go back to the "ethnographic" or "folk" collections of the Carniolan Provincial Museum in Ljubljana, founded in 1821. Some of the oldest acquisitions in the current collections are small models of everyday Slovene peasant tools from 1833 and the collection of Native American artefacts from North America donated (by the Slovene missionary Baraga) in 1837. The Ethnographic Museum was formally founded in 1923.

Its collections relating to economic activities and transport, crafts and trades, household objects and clothing, social and spiritual culture, and artistic sources today number more than 30,000 Slovene and 10,000 non-European objects from all continents. The museum has the central ethnological archive and photo archive, a video library, an ethnographic film department, a sound library and a museum library open to the public.

1921 - Foundation of the Carniolian Proovincial Museum.The beginning of the ethnographic museum collections.
1923 - Founding of the Royal Ethnographic Museum.
1926/27 – The first issue of the museum’s journal ETNOLOG is published.
1948 - Beginnings of extensive research and collecting field work as a result, by 1961 exceptional growth of the museum collections.
1991- Start of extended museum publishing activity: a new series of books on the museum collections appear under the name of the Library of the Ethnographic Museum.
1994 - The Government of Slovenia grants the Ministry of Culture the southern part of the former military barracks complex at Metelkova in Ljubljana for the use of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum and for other cultural purposes. The museum is assigned two buildings within the Metelkova southern complex: the bigger one as an exhibition palace and the smaller one for other museum activities.
1997 - The smaller, administration building is constructed. Historical landmark: the museum moves from the National Museum to its new premises at Metelkova Street. June 1997, official opening.
2001 - The establishment of the Museum Beehive Foundation, connecting the museum with the visitors and the public at large.
2004 - 2 December - the official opening of the new exhibition building with three exhibitions and other programme activities.
2006 - March, opening of the first part of the permanent exhibition  Between Nature and Culture
2007 -  Valvasor’s award
2008 – The collections are moved to new storage rooms
2009 – Opening of the second part of the permanent exhibition I, We and the Others: Images of My World
Slovene Ethnographic Museum
Slovene Ethnographic Museum is a part of a new urban cultural center on Metelkova street in Ljubljana.

Adults: 4,50 EUR / Children, Students, Pensioners 2,50 EUR / Free Admission : Museum donors, ICOM, SMD, SED, PRESS, visitors with special needs, pre-school children accompanied by adult, group leaders and unemployed.
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Slovene Ethnographic Museum
Metelkova ulica 2
1000 Ljubljana
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Opening Times

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Public holidays closed.
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