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Ljubljana - The oldest music instrument in the World and other treasures of National Museum of Slovenia

The oldest music instrument in the World and other treasures of National Museum of Slovenia

(19 reviews)
Museum Park, Ljubljana, Slovenia
45 mins

About the tour

Have you heard the oldest music instrument is more than 60 000 years old? This is a flute made by Neanderthals in one of the caves in the pre-Alpine area. The original is in our National Museum of Slovenia and we are going to see it. There will be some more time and we are going to reveal the stories of UNESCO protected Pile dwelling areas, iron period: Celtic or Illyrian times as well as mysterious Roman period. Join me; in 45 minutes, we are going to discover a great part of our antique history. Contributions for the museum entrance appreciated.

Meet your local guide


Mateja fondly calls Ljubljana a hidden gem sandwiched in the middle of South Europe, halfway between Venice and Vienna. A potpourri of different cultures, Ljubljana offers the best of almost three worlds! Be it the Latin temperament, Germanic punctuality or Slavic melancholy. Mateja is a passionate tourism professional and has been working in the exciting travel space for over 30 years. She's juggled multiple hats as a tourist guide, destination expert, local host, and tour manager. At university, she deep-dived into cultural history and discovered her love for sharing her culture and heritage with visitors, connecting common cultural intricacies and always bringing a ‘wow!’ moment into her tour. Mateja loves meeting new people and making lifelong friends across different parts of the world. On her tour, you might just pick up some fun Slovenian words! “Let's roll our tongues and learn some unique words like ŽIVJO,” she says. Bonus points if you’ve nailed what it means (without Googling!) She loves showcasing the sheer beauty of the landscape - sometimes with a couple of locals joining in. “The locals see me doing virtual tours and wonder: What is she doing? Too young to talk to herself, too old to do selfies for social media!" she laughs.

Mateja has been guiding since Apr 1988

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Ljubljana with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Ljubljana. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Lorraine (Canberra Australia 🇦🇺) P.

28 March 2021

A night at the museum hosted by Mateja was so good. A fascinating glimpse into a long ago time. And listening to a tune played on a replica of the oldest musical instrument was an extra treat. I would be happy to see more exhibits in this museum.

Debbie G.

20 March 2021

Mateja is the perfect ambassador for ljubljana, she is so knowledgeable and passionate about her city and her country. I really enjoy her tours and always look forward to seeing other sides of ljubljana. Thank you Mateja

Anne🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 O.

19 March 2021

How wonderful having the museum to ourselves. Mateja was a friendly knowledgeable guide.

Gill C.

19 March 2021

Loved this museum trip. I miss visiting museums! Thank you so much for a fascinating trip.

moe l.

19 March 2021

Love your tours Mateja, felt so priveleged to be allowed inside the museum. Thank you

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