National Gallery of Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

The National Gallery of Slovenia was founded in 1918, after the dissolution of Austria-Hungary and the establishment of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs. Initially, it was hosted in the Kresija Palace of Ljubljana, but moved to the present location in 1925.

The gallery hosts a permanent art collection from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. The original of the Baroque Robba fountain can also be seen in the central glass gallery of the building.

The present building was built in 1896, during the administration of Mayor Ivan Hribar, whose ambition was to transform Ljubljana into a representative capital of all the Slovene Lands. It was designed by the Czech architect František Škabrout and was first used as a Slovenian cultural center as the central seat of various cultural associations of national importance. The building stands near Tivoli Park and was completely renovated in 2013-2016.

In the early 1990s, an extension to the main building was built by the Slovene architect Edvard Ravnikar. In 2001, a large transparent glass gallery, designed by the architects Jurij Sadar and Boštjan Vuga, was built to connect the two wings of the building.

The gallery hosts a permanent art collection from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. The original of the Baroque Robba fountain can also be seen in the central glass gallery of the building, where it was moved after extensive restoration in 2008.



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Founded: 1918
Category: Museums in Slovenia


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Super Kozy (5 months ago)
Main Slovenian gallery with all main Slovenian painters. If you have kids and you do not know where to have their birthday, maybe you should consider it. You can have a nice cup of tea or coffee with nice cakes in lobby.
Jernej Krmelj (6 months ago)
A great exhibition of Ivana Kobilca painter.
William Cornforth (6 months ago)
It was not as big as I thought it would be but the permanent art collection was worth my time/money.
Raquel Vilela da Mata Miranda (6 months ago)
Ljubljana is a beautiful city, clean and bright. The people are very kind. I loved the National Gallery. Excellent collection and very well preserved. In February 2019 the entry fee was 10 euros per adult.
bruno lopes (12 months ago)
Mixed feelings .Good if you like baroque and impressionist art, if this is not your thing you may be bored. High entrance fee but very helpful and knowledgeable staff, an interesting building and some good sculpture. Could be curated in a much more effective and exciting way.
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