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Croatia’s Hot 100

…nj, plus week-long tours of some of Istria’s most celebrated scenery, including Brijuni and the Limski kanal. In Dubrovnik, you should try Adriatic Kayak Tours. Unlike diving or other water sports, beginners only need turn up, go through a few paddling techniques in shallow protected waters, don a lifejacket and, in the case of Dubrovnik, glide to nearby Lokrum island for lunch. Adistra Kayak Tours (www.kayak.com.hr); Adriatic Kayak Tours (www.ad…

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Unmissable Croatia

…s in Komiža arrange day tours, at around 90kn per head, including lunch and an afternoon at a beach near Biševo. History buffs The walls of Dubrovnik A walk around Dubrovnik Old Town walls is an essential introduction to this most talked-about of Croatian tourist destinations. It allows the first-time visitor to get their bearings and provides them with an appreciation of the scale of this intricate jewel, the skill of those who designed and cons…

Dubrovnik Natural History Museum

Recently opened, this modest attraction comprises the stuffed artefacts of a 19th-century collector who bequeathed these varied displays of birds and smaller mammals to a local museum. In storage for decades, they are now on show to the public, along with educative multi-media displays devoted to local flora and fauna….

10am-5pm Mon-Fri; 10am-2pm Sat.
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Rijeka Natural History Museum

Behind the Governor’s Palace it overlooks, Rijeka‘s Natural History Museum established its large collection of specimens from the Kvarner Bay, Gorski kotar and Istria thanks to private collectors from the mid 19th century onwards. Key displays include one of sharks and rays, and a geological history of the Adriatic Sea….

9am-7pm Mon-Sat; 9am-3pm Sun
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Croatian Natural History Museum

As important a scientific institute as it is a public attraction, this museum holds exhibits including rocks and minerals from around the globe, many on permanent display. Look out for the section on prehistoric Krapina man, one of the most significant of its kind. The zoological collection features the fauna of Croatia. There’s a botanical section and herbaria too. The museum also publishes the scientific journal ‘Natura Croatica…

10am-5pm Tue, Wed, Fri; 10am-8pm Thur; 10am-7pm Sat; 10am-1pm Sun
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Your perfect Zagreb

History buffs Zagreb’s history dates back millennia: get up to speed with a visit to the Zagreb City Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Ethnographic museum, all filled with fascinating artefacts. Wander round Zagreb City Museum This former 17th-century Convent of the Clares in the Upper Town has a permanent collection of 4,500 objects tracing Zagreb’s history from prehistoric times, laid out in themed sections. These include recent Iron A…

Croatian History Museum

Situated in the Baroque-era Oršić-Kulmer Palace, the Croatian History Museum does not have a permanent display but hosts a seasonally changing programme of themed exhibitions, frequently touching on the salient points of Croatian history….

10am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-1pm Sat, Sun
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Places: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka

Founded in 1948, Rijeka’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Muzej modern i suvremene umjetnosti or MMSU) has long enjoyed a reputation for holding some of the most exciting contemporary art exhibitions in the country. It is also the host of the Biennial of the Quadrilateral, a contemporary art show featuring artists from Croatia, Italy, Slovenia and Hungary – a quartet of countries that has had a profound effect on the history of Rijeka. Wo…

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Rijeka Modern and Contemporary Art Museum
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Founded in 1948, Rijeka’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Muzej modern i suvremene umjetnosti or MMSU) has long enjoyed a reputation for holding some of the most exciting contemporary art exhibitions in the country. It is also the host of the Biennial of the Quadrilateral, a contemporary art show featuring artists from Croatia, Italy, Slovenia and Hungary – a quartet of countries that has had a profound effect on the history of Rijeka. Wo…

10am-1pm, 5-8pm Tue-Fri; 10am-1pm Sat
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The Pelješac peninsula

…y appear in the channel. The guardian, Fra Ivan, is a kind host, a connoisseur of wine and an expert in Croatian history. Thanks to his efforts, the monastery museum has become a thesaurus of the seafaring traditions of the local people and the rich history of Orebić. On Pelješac the most far-off places are oases of guerrilla hospitality, well known only to sailors. The sea between the island of Hvar and the peninsula has not been fished out, and…

Rijeka History and Maritime Museum

Somewhat overshadowed by Alajos Hauszmann‘s grandiose Governor’s Palace in which it is housed, this old-school museum contains a modest collection of period costumes, coins, instruments, chairs and weaponry. Displays of replica ships reflect Rijeka‘s proud past and tradition….

Summer 9am-8pm Tue-Fri, 9am-1pm Sat. Winter 9am-1pm Tue-Fri
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Splits in Zagreb

…rits that you initially intended. The trauma of mid-journey meltdown is just one of the themes dealt with by the Museum of Broken Relationships, an idiosyncratic and enlightening journey through human emotions that has become Zagreb’s most compelling attraction since opening to the public in October 2010. The museum is the brainchild of artist Dražen Grubišić and festival producer Olinka Vištica, themselves a former couple caught unprepared by th…