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“Surprisingly enjoyable”

Slovene Ethnographic Museum
Ranked #27 of 147 things to do in Ljubljana
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 traditional and modern culture, between our own and other cultures, between the natural environment and civilisation. It is a museum of dialogue, open, active and hospitable, dedicated to serving the public. It presents and reports on traditional culture as well as mass and pop culture in Slovenia and the diaspora, on non-European cultures, and on the material and intangible cultural heritage of both everyday and festive life.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We went on a day the museum was free and were surprised that it is huge and very modern and new. We only had time for the main permanent exhibit "Between Nature and Culture." It was interesting if you are interested in Sloven culture. I like the way it was laid out and all the interesting artifacts on display. There is a lot to see so it would hopefully be a good experience for a child. We did have trouble in some rooms they stopped making signs in English for some reason and had books you had to pick up to read the english which was not very enjoyable. There were some missing too so there were a few sections where we read nothing in english. If they could finish making translating all the signs in english that would be outstanding.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This is well worth a trip. We weren't sure whether it would be just about Slovenes or not - in fact it is an excellent exhibition of all things anthropological and cultural. It is a lasrge, purpose-built space, bright and light, one half of which is about anthropology across the world in all cultures, and the other about cultures and crafts. Things are well-displayed, there are lots of recordings and videas (English available), photos, plus themed temporary exhibitions. A good introduction to thinking about people, it asks the basic questions, "Who are we?" etc., looks at memories, ideas, and we were given a free audioguide for the temporary exhibition.

1  Thank redskifreak
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed both the permanent collection and the "I, We and Others" exhibit. The video histories were a nice touch and I especially enjoyed the interviews with the women who worked in Alexandria. 4 of 5 because I wanted more of the in-depth explanations to be available in English.

Thank Amy B
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

We viewed the whole exhibition which took over an hour. The highlight for me was the interactive video which featured Slovenians talking about folk tales. It would appeal to a wide variety of ages and temperaments. It was a rather utopian view of historical Slovenia, but very interesting.

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

If cramped for time, this is an attraction you might want to miss. But, it is well worth the visit for the following reasons if you are staying in Ljubljana for more than a couple of quick days:

1. Simply the walk getting there is interesting and insightful through a neighborhood filled with art nouveau buildings for which Ljubljana is well known. It's in a slightly more residential area, but no more than a 10 to 12 minute walk from the Dragon Bridge.
2. It is clear that the curatorial staff has given considerable thought to the museum and the exhibits. While not all displays had English descriptions, many did (especially key displays) and it was easy to follow and understand. There were several interactive displays, as well as a well-presented overview of Slovenian life from the past.
3. There is a delightful cafe associated with the Museum with both inside and outside seating for which table service is available.

Overall, we were very pleased to have extra time in Ljubljana so we could visit this and few other attractions that we might not otherwise have seen. It was a very positive experience.

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