Slovenski etnografski muzej

Slovene Ethnographic Museum
Metelkova 2, Ljubljana
T 0038613008700,
T 0038613008745
Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
Free entrance
Every first sunday in a month
Library open to public
Monday - Friday 8.00 - 15.00
Wednesday 8.00 - 17.00
Documentation open to public
Monday - Friday 9.00 - 14.00
Adults: 4,50 EUR
Schoolchildren, students, pensioners: 2,50 EUR
Group tours Adults: 5,00 EUR/Schoolchildren, students, pensioners: 3,00 EUR/Pre-school children: 2,00 EUR/Group admission fees (more than 10 persons) include entry to the museum and a guided tour.
Docent tours Adults
6,50 EUR/Schoolchildren, students, pensioners: 4,50 EUR
Free Admission
Museum donors, ICOM, SMD, SED, PRESS, visitors with special needs, pre-school children accompanied by adult, group leaders and unemployed.
Workshops for children: 3 - 6 EUR
Group workshops for children including guided tour: 5 EUR
Group Visits
The museum organises educational tours, expert lead tours and public tours in different languages. Prior booking is required.

Slovene Ethnographic Museum

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.

Permanent exhibitions

Between Nature and Culture

Between Nature and Culture

First permanent exhibition
The treasure house of Slovene and non-European heritage of the everyday and the festive

In the permanent exhibition the museum curators and researchers enable their stories to be told - the rich array of purposes for which our predecessors made objects, used them, and through time and space distinguised and changed their forms, driven by the universal striving after survival in the natural environment into which we were born.

I, We and Others: Images of my World

I, We and Others: Images of my World

Second permanent exhibition
I, We and Others: Images of my World is an exhibition about man and his place in the world; about personal, communal and universal heritage - what it is, how it comes about and what it means. It thus complements the first exhibition.

The exhibition offers a breathing space among everyday obligations and a chance to contemplate yourself and others, to reflect on the world and the life that we lead. We hope to bring about a sense of wonder and joy at the lively multitude of images of many different worlds. We do not offer simple solutions: this is a space in which to ask questions and seek your own answers, to exchange ideas and experiences.

Group visits

Group visits

The museum organises educational tours, expert lead tours and public tours in different languages.
Information and contact person:
Sonja Kogej – Rus, Head of Educational service
T: +386 1 3008 750, Mobile phone: +386 31 728 955

Museum Coffee Shop

After the visit museum everyone can relax and enjoy the famous home-made cakes and refreshing drinks in the museum Coffe Shop SEM.
The museum’s Coffee Shop is the venue for special musical and other cultural events accompanying individual exhibitions.



For Children

Educational activities are one of the main objectives of the Museum Educational Department. Besides organised tours for children, educational events such as video projections and lectures, Department monthly prepares museum workshops for children.
Information and Contact:
Sonja Kogej Rus, Head of Educational Department
T. + 386 1 3008 745, +386 31 278 955

Pottery workshop

Pottery workshops

Demonstration & Workshops
Pottery workshops are run by the pottery maker Eva Peterson Lenassi where they teach traditional and modern techniques of pottery-making.
Open: Monday – Sunday 10.00 – 14.00
Information and contacts:
Pottery atelier SEM
T: +386 1 3008 741
Eva Peterson Lenassi
T: +386 40 384 345



Demonstration & Workshops
Weaving workshops are run by Mojca Tomšič and Barbara Lapuh, weavers and ing. textile tehnology. Both introduce visitors to manual weaving, typical domestic craft in Slovenia in the past.
Open: Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 – 13.00
Information and contacts:
Mojca Tomšič
T: +386 41 885 025
Barbara Lapuh
T: +386 40 780 782


Cover page of Etnolog

Etnolog is a scientific periodical with a long tradition and is published by the Slovene Ethnographic Museum. It was started in 1926. From its beginnings, the periodical went through three different periods. In the first period, from 1926 to 1944, it was published as Etnolog; in the following period, from 1948 to 1990, as Slovenski etnograf; and from 1991 to the present again as Etnolog, bulletin of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum. As a rule, one issue is published annually.

Bilingual (Slovene and English) volume of Etnolog publised for International Symposium (5th - 8th November 1998) Ethnological and Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Death is available here.