National Museum of Slovenia-Metelkova Opens

Slovenia unveiled its new National Museum of Slovenia-Metelkova (Metelkova cesta 25) Thursday in a redesigned Yugoslav Army barracks in a grungy-but-hip neighborhood near the Ljubljana train station. Its first exhibition celebrates Primož Trubar, the 16th-century Protestant reformer who penned the first Slovene-language book. The museum’s permanent collection will debut this fall, featuring works of applied art such as iconic 20th-century Slovenian architect and designer Jože Plečnik’s dining room set and one of the lampposts he created for Ljubljana’s Tivoli Park.


Ljubljana Sales


MANIKINS in the display window at the Nama department store flaunt Ljubljana’s post-holiday discounts, which officially began yesterday. The government here dictates the length of the sales and the maximum discounts; this year shops can slash prices by as much as half, but only for two weeks. Busloads of shoppers from neighboring countries are expected at retail mecca BTC City.