Slovenski etnografski muzej

Welcome to the Slovene Ethnographic Museum!
Slovene Ethnographic museum, Metelkova ulica 2, 1000 Ljubljana, T: ++ 386 1/ 300 87 00 or ++ 386 1/ 300 87 45,
Open: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00. Closed: Mondays.


On Tuesday, 5 May 2020 the Slovene Ethnographic Museum reopened its doors for the public!
However, the safety and health of our visitors and employees remains our priority thus we are following strict instructions that visitors have to respect. Instructions for visitors of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum in the time of corona virus: only healthy visitors are permitted to enter the museum, hygiene of caugh and careful hand washing should be considered, all visitors are requested to wear a mask, disinfection of hands is required before entering the museum, visitors should maintain adequate physical distance (2m) from each other during the visit, it is necessary to follow the outlined route and the direction of the circular tour of the exhibition grounds, if it is possible, use of the elevator should be avoided, respect our restriction on the number of visitors entering the museum.

Exhibitions on view:
Between Nature and Culture
, permanent exhbition
I, We and Others, permanent exhibition
My Feet. My Shoes. My Way., exhibition by SEM
Gingerbread making operates with small change, permanent exhibition
Children's toys of Croatia between tradition and modernity, visiting Exhibition of the Ethnographic Museum Zagreb

Photography of Branislava Sušnik

SEM from home

Permanent exhibitions

Jakob Krbavčič
from 18.12.2018
Krbavčič’s candle making and gingerbread workshop and store from Ljubljana
The exhibition presents the old gingerbread and the candle-making workshop and a shop, which used to be at Trubarjeva street in Ljubljana as well as their activities linked to the life story of the...
I, We and Others
from 02.12.2009
Images of my World
An exhibition dedicated to a man and his place in the world. It is complimentary to the museum permanent exhibition Between Nature and Culture and a space for reflection about yourself, other people...
Entrance to the exhibition Between Nature and Culture
from 09.03.2006
The treasure of the museum collections - the Slovene and world culture heritage of everyday and festive life with over 3000 exhibited objects In the permanent exhibition the museum curators and...

SEM Temporary Exhibitions

from 12.03.2021 to 01.06.2021
The Slovene Ethnographic Museum in Ljubljana announces an exhibition about Dr Branislava Sušnik, a Slovene researcher in Paraguay. In both Slovenia and Paraguay, the year 2020 is dedicated to the...
Ravenski pust. Photo: Voranc Vogel
from 08.02.2020 to 01.03.2020
The Slovene Ethnographic Museum will mark this year’s carnival period with Ravenski pustovi Shrovetide figures that appear in three villages beneath the mountain Krn. The presentation of Shrovetide...
from 06.12.2019 to 05.12.2020
The exhibition is dedicated to the coexistence of feet and footwear, their variable shapes and meanings over geographical and temporal dimensions, and their roles in the organization of individual...
Žene čistijo pšenico, čopič / tuš. Peštani, 8. 8. 1955 (AgM8)
from 12.06.2019 to 08.09.2019
The year 2019 marks the centenary of the birth of the academy trained painter Alenka Gerlovič. Her works are kept by numerous institutions, while six of them are part of the year-long project The...
from 08.02.2019 to 10.03.2019
Škoromatija is a carnival tradition on the southern edge of the Brkini. On Carnival Saturday škoromati in village Hrušica go around the houses collecting gifts and on Ash Wednesday they bury or burn...
from 15.09.2018 to 14.02.2019
Discover the treasure trove of memories, of the Cahari family from Nabrežina near Trieste, explore the largest private family collection of fishing gear in the Trieste region. The objects, coloured...
from 14.06.2018 to 16.06.2019
Slovenia is home to excellent beekeepers and the autochthonous Carniolan bee. There are over 11,000 beekeepers and the landscape is adorned by over 13,000 apiaries, containing around 180,000 hives...
Max Zimani toy (photo: Aleš Verbič).
from 30.11.2017 to 31.03.2018
This experimental exhibition is part of the SWICH project activities, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Experimental exhibition »Africa and Slovenia. A web of people...
from 25.05.2017 to 30.03.2018
Opening on 25 May 2017
Major exhibition by the Slovene Ethnographic Museum will open its doors on 25 May 2017 The exhibition opens up new views of the land of Afghanistan, its rich cultural history and heritage, although...
from 17.11.2016 to 17.01.2017
140 years of Šumi
Through its 140 years, the company Šumi developed from a family craft business into a sweet factory. They made raspberry syrup, jams, wafers, chocolates, sweets, chewing gum and many other products,...
ČIPKAste vezi
from 21.06.2016 to 31.12.2016
Lace is a fine open fabric made of textile or similar threads with patterns of holes. Although this would be the likely definition suggested by the dictionary this is but a small, visible part of...
Logotip razstave
from 17.05.2016 to 30.09.2016
Joint exhibition
The joint exhibition National Museums of Slovenia has been organised to mark International Museum Day (18 May 2016). This year's leading theme Museums and Cultural Landscap considers museums...
from 16.06.2015 to 16.06.2015
Italian style 1951-1990 & Glimpses of Slovenian Fashion
At he hearth of a whirlwind of Italian fashion creations and photographs by Federico Garolla is an exhibition story about Italian style 1951-1990, about how Italian fashion met the world of la dolce...
The Magic of Amulets
from 18.06.2014 to 11.01.2015
18 June 2014 - January 2015
from 06.03.2014 to 06.04.2014
6 March – 6 April 2014
Front page of the leaflet of the exhibition Doors. Spatial and Symbolic Passageways of life.
from 11.10.2013 to 30.10.2016
Exhibition on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum Doors. Doors? Doors! Do we really think about doors − do we know them and recognise them as faithful companions...
from 04.07.2013 to 30.09.2013
4 July - 13 Janaury 2013
from 14.03.2013 to 07.04.2013
Exhibition on the occasion of 90 years of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum Slovene Ethnographic Museum, 14 March - 7 April 2013 Intangible heritage of Slovenia >>
Alberto Chissano
from 12.06.2012 to 02.09.2012
From the sculpture opus by Alberto Chissano
Mozambique was a Portuguese colony from the 16th century onwards, famous for its slave trade and abundant natural resources. The exploitation of the local population led to a long struggle for an...

Visiting exhibitions

from 20.02.2020 to 04.10.2020
On the occasion of the Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia have...
That merry carnival time!: A photographic exhibition by Primož Hieng
from 08.02.2020 to 01.03.2020
That merry carnival time!, is a photographic exhibition by a photographer and journalist, Primož Hieng. During his planned research and photographic documenting of the Slovenian Shrovetide customs,...
Photo from the exhibition
from 22.06.2019 to 19.08.2019
Photographic exhibition, Japan
Within the Seto naikai sea there are more than 3000 islands, know for their withe sand beaches surrounded by pine threes. The nice views embedded themselves with their beauty in the minds of the...
from 17.04.2019 to 20.10.2019
Russian Museum of Ethnography, Saint Petersburg
The exhibition Shamanism of the Peoples of Siberia, from the Russian Museum of Ethnography, Saint Petersburg, reveals a unique phenomenon in world civilisation – the mythological worldview of the...
Untitled. Photo: František Topič
from 14.03.2019 to 26.05.2019
Bosnia and Herzegovina photographed by František Topič 1885-1919
Guest photographic exhibition
from 13.06.2018 to 29.06.2018
Slovenski etnografski muzej v sodelovanju z Veleposlaništvom Romunije v Sloveniji odpira manjšo gostujočo razstavo Mednarodni dan romunske bluze v sredo, 13. junija 2018 ob 18.00, ob praznovanju...
from 17.05.2018 to 30.09.2018
Visiting Polish exhibition, incorporated among personal exhibitions of SEM
The exhibition People from the Porcelain Factory is curated by the anthropologist, Ewa Klekot, and the ceramist, Arkadiusz Szwed. Presented in the exhibition The Human Trace tableware set, has been...
from 16.05.2018 to 03.06.2018
Gostujoča razstava Etnografskega muzeja iz Beograda izpostavlja nekatere izbrane elemente kulturne dediščine, ki so vpisani v Nacionalni register nesnovne kulturne dediščine Srbije, izražajo bogastvo...
Hungarian decorated eggs from Prekmurje
from 20.03.2018 to 08.04.2018
The Prekmurje Hungarians have preserved a rich heritage of Easter customs, with decorated eggs – that small treasure of Prekmurje folk art – as an important element. In this ethnically mixed area, a...
Masterpieces of Spanish Arts and Crafts
from 16.06.2017 to 03.09.2017
10 years of National Craft Awards
The National Craft Awards are given by the Spanish Government through the School of Industrial Organization (EOI) and its chair Fundesarte, which aims to give the highest institutional recognition...
Is This the End?
from 01.06.2017 to 30.06.2017
Endless Questions of the Young
The exhibition titled Je konec? (Is This the End?) offers self-reflection of second-year students of the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology and their thoughts on an endless loop of...
Manual technologies
from 30.05.2017 to 15.09.2017
Exhibition of the chair of textile and fashion design
In the current academic year, students of textile and fashion design were faced with the task of reflecting on the methods and meanings of creating a synergy of manual techniques and modern...
Gorazd Vilhar: In the spirit of Japanese tradition
from 17.05.2017 to 08.09.2017
Matsuri - Japanese Traditional Festivals
Matsuri, as a Japanese popular word for traditional festivals, literally means entertainment principally for indigenous Shinto gods and occasionally honouring Buddhist deities as well. They consist...
Satish Gupta: Haikus
from 30.03.2017 to 16.04.2017
The exhibition presents 20 calligraphic works on canvas scrolls and 10 calligraphies on paper, which will be created by the artist during the opening of the exhibition at the Slovene Ethnographic...
Foit's Photographic Glass Plates
from 26.01.2017 to 26.03.2017
Guest Exhibition by the Velenje Museum
The exhibition displays part of the collection of photographic glass plates taken by the Czech sculptor František Foit and his fellow countryman, biologist Jiří Baum. They were captured on their...
Kashinath Das
from 12.08.2016 to 24.09.2016
Kashinath Das
To mark the 70th Independence Day of India The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Slovene Ethnographic Museum (SEM) present water colour painting exhibition on “Monuments of India”...
Branko Lenart
from 02.06.2016 to 15.07.2016
Stane Jagodič, Gábor Kerekes, Branko Lenart
Guest photo exhibition With this exhibition we are paying homage to Gabor Kerekes, a legendary Hungarian photo artists who passed away in 2014, and whose body of work still needs to be discovered to...
Jaffa exhibition
from 09.05.2016 to 27.05.2016
From 1900 to the present day
Guest photographic exhibition Administration Building SEM; open: Monday – Friday 10.00 – 18.00 Author: Nada Pretnar, Gibanje BDS Slovenija – za pravice Palestincev Contact:
from 30.05.2014 to 05.09.2014
30 May - 5 September 2014
from 30.05.2014 to 30.06.2014
30 May - 5 September 2014
from 08.04.2014 to 22.04.2014
8 - 22 April 2014
from 06.02.2014 to 28.02.2014
6 - 28 February 2014
from 23.01.2014 to 31.01.2014
23 - 30 January 2014
from 18.09.2013 to 25.09.2013
18 - 25 September 2013
from 18.05.2013 to 01.09.2013
Guest photographic exhibition by Matjaž Krivic Slovene Ethnographic Museum, 18 May - 1 September 2013 URBANISTAN is an international art project of Matjaz Krivic , which through photography explores...
from 09.05.2013 to 25.08.2013
Students exhibition Oddelek za tekstilstvo Naravoslovnotehniške fakultete v Ljubljani Slovene Ethnographic Museum , 9 May - 25 August 2013 [bg|spominjam-se]
from 16.04.2013 to 05.05.2013
Visiting exhibition Slovene Ethnographic Museum , 16 April - 5 May 2013
from 12.04.2013 to 07.05.2013
Academy of Design, Ljubljana, Department for Textiles and fashion design Slovene Ethnographic Museum , 11 April – 7 May 2013
from 04.04.2013 to 21.04.2013
Visiting Exhibition on the occasion of 5th festival Romano Chon Slovene Ethnographic Museum (Administration buliding), 4 - 21 April 2013
from 07.12.2012 to 13.01.2013
Itinerant exhibition Slovene Ethnographic Museum, 7 December 2012 – 13 January 2013 Betlehemy Ceramic Cribs form Slovakia Guest Exhibition, Slovakia Since the middle ages, Slovak potters have been...

Visitor exhibitions

Arkan Al Nawas slika v svojem slikarskem ateljeju, 2009.
from 20.06.2020 to 06.09.2020
personal exhibition
Personal exhibition of Arkan Al Nawas is part of exhibition narratives My Life, My World, an accompanying program of the permanent exhibition I, We and Others: Images of My World in the Slovene...

Exhibitons in Kavarna SEM

Photo: Matjaž Krivic
from 01.03.2019 to 31.05.2019
Photographic exhibition
Following the tracks of a game changing mineral Batteries are catalysts of massive changes in our time, both industrial and social. The boom of battery driven cars, phones and robots is causing the...