This museum in the heart of the palace is mostly worth visiting for the 15th-century Gothic building itself rather than for the sundry paintings and weaponry within. You’ll also find photographs, documents, maps and old papers but the permanent collection appeals more to historians than offer someone from the general public a rough idea how this fascinating port developed….
Papalić Palace, Papalićeva 1 More info
Set in the 16th-century Gabrielis palace, this small but highly entertaining museum proudly unveiled its new English-language labelling in 2013. Pride of place on the ground floor belongs to ceramics dredged up from ancient Greek and Roman shipwrecks. There is also a replica of a fourth-century Greek tablet from Lumbarda, announcing the establishment of a Greek colony on the island. Among the knick-knacks upstairs are furnishings through the age…
Trg svetog Marka, Korčula town More info
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….
Lorenzov prolaz 1, Rijeka More info
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….
Muzejski trg 1, Rijeka More info
Housed in the Frankopan church of St. Marija Magdalena this museum in Porat contains various utensils from the everyday life of the region….
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….
Matoševa 9 More info
Orebić was a major centre of maritime shipping during the age of sail ing ships , a status well documented by this small but absorbing museum. There are some lovely models of the 19 th -century merchant ships once helmed by Orebić captains, and a wealth of nautical memorabilia including flags, sextants and atlases. Also on display are ancient and early-Christian pottery and utensils, alongside decorative fra gments retrieved from pre-…
Trg Mimbeli bb, Orebić More info
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….
Androvićeva 1 More info
Franciscan Monastery/Old Pharmacy Museum
One of the oldest pharmacies in Europe is, quite remarkably, still a working chemist’s for locals, and in the complex of the Franciscan Monastery where beautiful cloisters lead to the Old Pharmacy Museum by a pretty courtyard. There you’ll find disturbingly large grinders and implements used by the medical profession in the Ragusan era….
Stradun 2 More info
In the same building as the post office but entered from around the corner, this museum is an oft-overlooked iittle gem. You won’t want to arrange your day around it but if you happen to be walking by, take a moment to check out the old stamps, antique phones, post boxes, postal uniforms and telegraph machines. The switchboards are the highights… and the staff, of course, who always seem thrilled whenever any visitor pops in….
Jurišićeva 13 More info
Istria’s first purpose-built museum is a first-class example of how to successfully site modern glass-cube architecture within the context of an old town. Designed by award-winning architectural duo Rendić and Turato, the Lapidarium was built to house Novigrad’s small but impressive collection of archeological remains – mostly Romanesque stonework from medieval Istrian churches, although there is the odd Roman-era piece here as well. The Romanes…
Veliki trg 8A More info
The Homeland War is the Croatian term for the conflict of the 1990s that broke up Yugoslavia and gained Croatia its independence. The setting here is apt: a Napoleonic Fort, bravely defended by locals in 1991, now easily accessible by cablecar. Go straight up the two flights of stairs to the top terrace of the fortress in which the museum is housed and take in the view. The fort was built by the French in 1806-1812 then extended by the Austrians…
Imperial Fort, Srdj More info