City Museum

The institution Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana was established in 2009 and comprises the City Museum of Ljubljana, the Jakopič Gallery, the Vžigalica Gallery, the City Art Gallery of Ljubljana, the Bežigrad Gallery 1, the Bežigrad Gallery 2, Galerija 001 and the Tobacco Museum situated in the Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre as well as Plečnik House in Trnovo.


The Municipality of Ljubljana purchased Auersperg Palace to house the newly established City Museum of Ljubljana; its first collection was put on in one part of the building in 1937. In the following decades, the Museum shared the building with several other institutions.

The City Art Gallery of Ljubljana was set up.


The Bežigrad Gallery with premises at 31 Dunajska street was established. Since 1996, it has been operating as part of the City Art Gallery of Ljubljana.


In 2002, the Bežigrad Gallery 1 saw the addition of new gallery premises – the Bežigrad Gallery 2 at 3 Vodovodna street.

2000 to 2004
In this period, Auersperg Palace which is home to the City Museum of Ljubljana was thoroughly renovated.


A new institution was created, thereby bringing the City Museum of Ljubljana and the City Art Gallery of Ljubljana together, including all related locations.

The Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre, situated in the Tobačna City and incorporating both museal and gallery premises, joined the institution.
Plečnik house has been managed by the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana. Plans for the future include implementation of a conservation-restoration project aiming at preserving Plečnik’s original arrangement. Apart from that, new museal contents will be added in that part of the house holding less significance in preservation terms.


In March, Galerija 001 (with an exhibition of the Belgian artist Jan Fabre) and the Tobacco Museum were officially opened. They are both located in the Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre.

The renovation of the Plečnik House is successfully completed.


The Institute’s mission is to record, collect, document, valuate, preserve, interpret, study and present tangible and intangible heritage relating to the history of the City of Ljubljana and its wider surroundings from the Prehistoric Period until the present day, to conduct pedagogic, andragogic and promotional activities concerning the Institute’s operations, and related vocational training. By holding exhibitions and compiling collections of museum objects, of archive and library materials and of other documentary materials, modern and contemporary works of art as well as contemporary art practices, the Institute provides access to public cultural goods and engages in international exchange.
The Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana will be a creative and modern institution with close links to its environment. By pursuing an internationally comparable programme, it will pave the way for new concepts of museology and gallery work. By offering a diverse and accessible programme oriented to quality, we will outline creative approaches to upgrading existing professional standards in this field. MGML will become a place of synergy and learning, a platform offering new insights into our past, present and future. Our audiences and collaborators both locally and abroad will contribute to creating a museum and a gallery of the future.
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