Slovenian School Museum

Raise your hand at the Slovenian School Museum

Nobody wants to think about school on their vacation, right. School is boring and you want to have fun on your travels. Slovenian School Museum might just change your mind. Their exhibitions are fun and interesting. But what sets it apart from other museums is a chance to step back in time and attend a class in the strict primary school in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. This is an experience you’ll never forget.

Slovenian School Museum

What is Slovenian School Museum?

For starters it’s one of the oldest museums in Slovenia, founded way back in 1898. The idea for the museum showcasing the history of school and the work of teachers in Slovenia originally came from Jakob Dimnik, a primary school teacher from Ljubljana.

It houses permanent and different special exhibitions with the common goal – giving visitors a chance to learn about education in Slovenia spanning over centuries.

It’s a fun museum to visit, especially with kids who are attending school. They get to see how different it once was. Much stricter that’s for sure. My kids started appreciating their teacher and classes more after the visit.

Adults too will find it intriguing, maybe you’ll find something that you had to use in school or your parents and can share the memory with your family.

We loved seeing old photographs, notebooks, annual school reports and old desks, chairs and blackboards.

The Slovenian School Museum is also very proud of the library holding more than 55,000 titles, including a large number of rare pedagogical books written in the 18th and 19th centuries.

We learned about the history of the everyday life and the importance of education, because it has the power to influence all the great historic event by teaching young minds.


Slovenian School Museum
Photographer: Urška Boljkovac

Fun fact about the museum

In addition to the interesting exhibitions, which will help you understand Slovenia better, there is a classroom from the late 19th century permanently on display. Enter it and step back in time.


Continue reading the post on Visit Ljubljana’s blog and learn more about attending a lesson and when to plan your visit.

I’d like to thank the following photographers for providing photos for both posts, since I was too busy with the birthday party on our visit: Urška Boljkovac, Marjan Javoršek, Ksenija Guzej.


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