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Visit Škofja Loka Castle and Museum

Visit Škofja Loka Castle and Museum

The town of Škofja Loka is a little gem we definitely recommend visiting. But don’t miss a walk to the hill above the town where the Škofja Loka Castle with a great museum is located.

Welcome to the Škofja Loka Museum!

After a walk through the town of Škoja Loka, it’s a short up-hill walk to the castle and its museum. There are two castle buildings on the property, but the main museum is in the bigger castle building.

Škofja Loka Museum‘ s rich collections bear witness to the past and the present day of the territory along the Selška and Poljanska Sora rivers. There are two main floors of exhibits including special exhibitions of historical events affecting the town. The exhibits are on a wide range of subjects, from history and archaeology, to WW2 to arts and crafts, such as lace and basket making. There is also a lovely gallery devoted to the paintings of the eminent Slovenian painter Ivan Grohar (1867-1911).

We recommend not to miss looking at the crypt in the basement. Also, take the moments to take in the views from the castle windows – the images of the medieval Škofja Loka town and the valley beneath will stay in your memory for a long time.

If you love museums, especially museums inside the castles, plan a trip to Škofja Loka. You will be amazed by this little medieval town, located  just half an hour from Ljubljana on a direct bus.

Open-air museum

An open-air museum, opened in 1962 is situated at a castle park. It consists of the wooden Škopar House from the 16th century (to the end of the 19th century), a mill and a hayrack – a symbol of rural Slovenia. Walk around the garden, step into the past, enjoy authenticity.

The wooden Škopar House with a black kitchen stands in the middle of the castle garden. It represents the life of cottagers and small farmers from the wider Škofja Loka area. Visits are possible by prior arrangement with the museum, during museum opening hours.

Castle’s outdoor area is also used as a wedding venue.

Check the museums permanent exhibitions and collections here!

Overall, Škofja Loka Castle and Museum is a very worthwhile visit!

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