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National and University Library

The National and University Library (abbreviated NUK) is the national library of the Republic of Slovenia and the largest library in the country. Its main task is to collect, organise, preserve and disseminate Slovenia’s written cultural heritage. In addition to its national role, NUK also performs a number of other functions: as the central state library, the University Library of the University of Ljubljana, the Centre for the Development of Slovenian Libraries, and, according to the definition of the International Library Association (IFLA), as the central research library in Slovenia.

The National University Library was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List on 28 July 2021.

The National Museum of Slovenia

The National Museum of Slovenia is located in the Center district of the city near Tivoli City Park. Along with the Slovenian Museum of Natural History, located in the same building, the National Museum of Slovenia is the country’s oldest scientific and cultural institution. The museum has an extensive collection of archaeological artefacts, old coins and banknotes (in the numismatics department on the ground floor) and displays related to the applied arts. In 2021 it’s been given the golden Order for Exceptional Merits by the president of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.

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.