What is the oldest musical instrument in the world?

The National Museum of Slovenia, which was founded by the Carniolan State Parliament on the 15th of October 1821, is the oldest of all Slovenian museum institutions. Its six departments collect, document, preserve, and investigate the mobile cultural heritage of Slovenia and present it to the public. Thanks to the exceptional educational level of its staff members, the museum also has the status of a research institution, and is involved in several scientific research projects focused on a more detailed study of the Slovenian cultural heritage. The quality of the museum activities in the central national museum depends on the staff and its consultants, with their excellent professional command of their fields and specific areas of specialization.

Only through such an approach is it possible to present the cultural heritage of Slovenia to the public in a modern, attractive, and popular manner. The museum wishes to illuminate in detail through the presentation of material (in the form of scientific and popular publications and exhibitions) individual segments of the history of present-day Slovenia and make this available to the widest possible public. With the digitalization of material and the construction of an electronic database about the cultural heritage that its preserves, the National Museum of Slovenia has joined similar European institutions that are attempting to enable the broadest possible access to items of the cultural heritage through the use of modern information technology.

Dear visitors to the National Museum of Slovenia, you are invited to attend lectures, to take guided tours with experts, to view the finest objects of the Slovenian heritage that speak of the history of this land throughout all periods, to bring your children to workshops, and to choose for your friends and acquaintances gifts of replicas of some of our monuments, which you can purchase in our museum shop. 

Neanderthal Bone Flute Music

The oldest and the most fascinating items at the Museum speak of the high level of culture in the area of Slovenia since prehistoric times.  The Museum is home to the 60,000-year old flute of a Neanderthal, which is considered to be the oldest musical instrument in the world. Marvel at the valuable items, which also include the Vače Situla, a golden carving from the 13th or the 12th century B.C. found in Lake Bled, an idol and a dugout from the Ljubljana Marshes, a chasuble made from the clothing of Hassan Pasha, a breverl (a folded sheet) with magic charms, and a urn containing the heart of the founder of the Trappist monastery.

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