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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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
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Zagreb City Museum
Critics choice

Occupying the 17th-century Convent of the Clares, the City Museum traces Zagreb‘s history from prehistoric times until today. Themed sections include recent Iron Age finds, walk-through reconstructions of 19th-century Ilica shops and study rooms of Croatian artists. One the most riveting sections is the room-sized floor map of Zagreb‘s 19th-century Lower Town, complete with scale models of its main buildings mounted on pedestals. Her…

10am-6pm Tue-Fri; 11am-7pm Sat; 10am-2pm Sun
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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
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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….

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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
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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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Archaeological Museum

On the other side of the National Theatre stands the Archaeological Museum where key historical finds from the nearby Roman capital of Salona are the main draw: mosaics, sarcophagi and such like. The displays cover the Greek and Roman periods, as well as pagan and medieval. All in all, a worthy attraction a shortish walk from the city centre….

June-Sept 9am-2pm, 4-8pm Mon-Sat. Oct-May 9am-2pm, 4-8pm Mon-Fri; 9am-2pm Sat
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Ethnographic Museum

Underrated and little visited attraction in the heart of the palace, but well worth the effort of cutting into your holiday time for. This century-old museum focuses on the traditions of the Dalmatian region, most notably its crafts and trades. Note the delicately carved ceramics and beautifully embroidered costumes in the reconstructed rooms of typical peasant houses….

June-Sept 9:30am-7pm Mon-Sat, 10am-1pm Sun; Oct-May 9am-4pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm Sat
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Archaeological Museum

Founded in 1832 but since rehoused in a modern building by the Forum, this museum is arranged over three floors. At the top is a prehistoric section of ceramics and weaponry; below is a Roman and Liburnian floor, including a model of how the Forum would have looked; and the Middle Ages are displayed on the ground floor, with beautifully carved stone panels and bizarre local gravestones. A new exhibition of antiques opens in June 2014….

July-Aug 9am-10pm daily
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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 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
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