Split City Museum

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….

May-Oct 9am-4pm Mon, Sat, Sun; 9am-9pm Tue-Fri. Nov-Apr 9am-5pm Tue-Fri; 9am-1pm Sat; 10am-1pm Sun
Papalić Palace, Papalićeva 1 More info
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Town Museum

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…

July-Sept 9am-9pm daily. Apr-June 10am-2pm daily. Oct-Mar 10am-1pm daily
Trg svetog Marka, Korčula town More info

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
Lorenzov prolaz 1, Rijeka More info

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….

9am-4pm Mon; 9am-8pm Tue-Fri, 9am-1pm & 4pm-8pm Sat. 4pm-8pm Sun
Muzejski trg 1, Rijeka More info

Sacral Museum

Housed in the Frankopan church of St. Marija Magdalena this museum in Porat contains various utensils from the everyday life of the region….

, Porat More info

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
Matoševa 9 More info
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Maritime Museum

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-…

Summer 8am-9pm; winter 8am-3pm
Trg Mimbeli bb, Orebić More info

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.
Androvićeva 1 More info
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Franciscan Monastery/Old Pharmacy Museum
Critics choice

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….

9am-5pm daily
Stradun 2 More info

Croatian Post & Telecommunications Museum

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….

10am-2pm Mon-Wed, Fri; 10am-6pm Thur
Jurišićeva 13 More info
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Museum Lapidarium
Critics choice

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…

June-Sept 10am-1pm, 6-10pm Tue-Sun. Oct-May 10am-1pm, 5-7pm Tue-Sun
Veliki trg 8A More info

Homeland War Museum

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…

Summer 8am-10pm daily. Winter 9am-4pm daily
Imperial Fort, Srdj More info