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Technical Museum of Slovenia
Ranked #42 of 198 things to do in Ljubljana
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A place where technical heritage and nature tell many great stories…Behind the gates of a former Carthusian monastery you can find Slovenia’s largest museum – The Technical Museum of Slovenia. It is located in the most beautiful natural surroundings on the outskirts of Ljubljana. Several collections can be seen in the museum: from forestry, woodworking, hunting, fishing and agricultural departments, to textiles, printing, traffic and electrical engineering. The attention of most visitors is drawn towards the water-driven elements -the flour mill, blacksmith’s workshop, fulling mill and veneer sawmill. Road vehicle fans won’t be disappointed either. They can admire the oldest surviving car from Slovenia or enjoy the sight of the limousines that once belonged to President Tito, Premier of former Yugoslavia. Apart from the guided tour in Slovene, English, Italian and German languages through the museum collections, visitors can also attend several workshops and demonstrations, through which they can truly experience the technical spirit of the past. With prior arrangement, we can organize workshops and demonstrations for groups outside of our schedule. In addition to the permanent collection, you can also visit some temporary exhibitions. Museum’s opening hours:Tuesday - Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (July and August: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Sundays and holidays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Mondays: closed.From 4th December until 1 March the museum is closed for visitors (except for groups announced in advance) due to unheated rooms.
Reviewed 10 October 2013

It's placed in old monastry. Enviroment and expo itself are unic. Only problem is you must have your own transport. Ask at turist info in Ljubljana for the way. It's nice trip and excellent way to see something special. It offers look into forgoten way of living. Worth to risk half of day for.

3  Thank MihaelSlovenia
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Well, I was there twice, never finished the whole visit. But managed to see it all on those two trips.
I was recently also in the natural museum in Ljubljana, where they ALSO have stuffed animals on show. My guess is the best goes to the Natural museum in Ljubljana, everything else, so it is not thrown away, goes to the technical.
Actually I would not recommend it at all if it would not be such a huge place and therefore you probably will find at least 1/6 of it very interesting depending on your preferences.
The most interesting part is probably the cars an the real technical stuff from the history of medical instruments, printing and typewriting.
Everything else is just pure crafts. Making bread, making wood, cutting wood, badly stuffed animals, fishing, etc..
And a huge selection of bicycles. Which is unbearable to watch on a hot day, since it is located in a roof of a building that is not insulated and therefore has a temperature of probably 40°C.
So if you go visit and don't have enough time, you can very easily skip the natural and woodwork making area, if of course this is not your preference.
Some rooms of the museum actually looks like depo places. Nothing there except 10 washing machines from the same make, that is not even Slovenian (and Slovenia has it's own washing machine maker that is in not represented here in the museum...sorry, that is strange.)

So if you are interested in crafts, visit. Otherwise, why not, visit, just don't be upset to not actually see a lot of technical stuff.
And be careful, calculate at least 4 hours for the visit, 30 minutes from Ljubljana to the museum, and take a good look till when they have the museum open at the particular day, since they close very soon and also on different timetables each day.
You can also have lunch there, there is a restaurant next to the museum.

The woodwork and badly stuffed animals areas are prohibited to photograph. Otherwise you can take photos.

3  Thank Brandur I
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

We were the only visitors that afternoon - family of 6, including 4 kids. We enjoyed every bit of it the only two regrets were that
a) the place was empty - good for us, bad for the place, it has to be advertised more aggressively
b) we did not know and could not have imagined that the place is so full of everything! and we only had one hour to spend there.

Being a large family with kids in wide range of ages and interests, it is never easy for us to find an attraction that would suit all. This one was a lucky one for us - some liked the nature, the park, the river, the old buildings, the lake, others liked motor vehicles exhibition inside.

There was a fantastic section about forestry - actually much richer then the whole forestry museum in Moscow. Also, hunting and fishing sections we full of stuff and very nicely arrange and also not small - at least much larger then the hunting and fishing museum in Munich.

It is really a shame that so little people know about it. And it was really a pleasure for us, every second of it. AND! I never ever saw that many historic vehicles in a museum together, nowhere. They seem to have all - and Tito cars are just a fraction of it, if you follow signs patiently enough, you will see it all from 1867 baby bike to full size historic streetcars. It is really very near Ljubljana and just two miles off the highway - very easy to get there.

If we have a chance next time we come when it is a bit warmer, also we will plan for longer stay and perhaps have a meal in the restaurant opposite the main entrance.

7  Thank FlyingKindergarten
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

An old castle with a lovely park with pond, lots technical stuff to see.
Very interesting for kids, specially boys.

Thank Janja L
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

Many things to see and try out, there is also a nice park

Thank Tikolina
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