Museums and Galleries

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The inner courtyard of the City Museum of Ljubljana

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A few objects from the archaeological collection of the National Museum of Slovenia

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The Gallery of Modern Art

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Works by the art group Irwin

Museums

Being the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana does not only have museums displaying the heritage that speaks about the history of the city alone, but is also the seat of most of Slovenia's main museums.

On view at the National Museum of Slovenia (Narodni muzej Slovenije) is a large permanent exhibition featuring the most important archaeological and other exhibits illustrating the history of the entire Slovenian territory. The Slovenian Museum of Natural History (Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije) keeps large zoological, botanical and geological collections covering practically all Slovenia's plant and animal species and minerals, and provides extensive explanation on them.

Apart from the above two museums, which keep the most general and at the same time the most extensive collections, Ljubljana and its surroundings also boast a number of specialised national museums, such as the Architectural Museum (Arhitekturni muzej), the National Museum of Contemporary History (Muzej novejše zgodovine Slovenije), the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum (Slovenski etnografski muzej), the Technical Museum of Slovenia (Tehnični muzej Slovenije), located at Chateau Bistra near the town of Vrhnika in the immediate vicinity of Ljubljana, and many others.

Galleries

Apart from the two main galleries, namely the National Gallery (Narodna galerija), which keeps works by both Slovenian and a large number of foreign artists from the Gothic period to Impressionism, and the Gallery of Modern Art (Moderna galerija), which houses a permanent collection of works by 20th century Slovenian artists and hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary art, Ljubljana also boasts a host of other art galleries, which include a large number of sales galleries featuring exhibitions by contemporary artists from Slovenia and abroad and reflecting the richness of Ljubljana's art scene, which has left its distinctive mark also on the international art scene.

Contemporary art connoisseurs from around the world are probably most familiar with the works by the artists of the so called Ljubljana School of Graphic Art (Ljubljanska grafična šola) and the artistic group Irwin, whose avant-garde concept known as Neue Slowenische Kunst, formulated in the 1980s, has resulted in one of the most interesting and at the same time most provocative artistic oeuvres in the history of contemporary art.