Franciscan Monastery: Archaeological Museum, Treasury and Sacral Collection

In the centre of Punat Bay is the islet of Košljun with it’s Franciscan monastery (Benedictine until the 15th century). This is part nature park, with over 400 plant species, and part cultural heritage; an ethnographic collection, a library with more than 30,000 titles and archaeological, natural-history and numismatic museum collections. A must see is Francesco Ughetto’s ‘Heaven, Purgatory, Hell’ an epic 9.7m x 4.2m work…

Mon-Sat 9.30am–5pm, Sun and holidays 10.30am-12.30pm
Košljun Island More info
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Zagreb City Museum
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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
Opatička 20 More info

Archaelogical Museum of Istria

Many local Illyrian and Roman finds are on display here, a three-storey museum with English-language documentation. You’ll find jewellery, coins and weapons from Roman and medieval times, ceramics and fossils from pre-history, mosaics and sarcophagi….

Summer 9am-8pm Mon-Sat; 10am-3pm Sun. Winter 9am-3pm Mon-Fri
Carrarina 3 More info

Šibenik: Things to see

…dska vrata 3, +385 22 213 880, www.muzej-sibenik.hr), occupying what was the Duke’s Palace, covering the history of Šibenik from prehistoric times to the present day. Much of the large permanent collection is in storage, although there are regular temporary exhibitions accessed from the museum’s entrance on the Riva. South of the Cathedral and main square, the 15th-century Gothic St Barbara’s church hosts the Museum of Sacred Art (Kralja Tomislav…

Zagreb: Things to see – city centre

…cannon blasts from here signal noon sharp. Leafy Strossmayerovo šetalište runs by the tower giving a lovely view of the rooftops. Nearby stands St Catherine’s Church (Katarinski trg, 01 48 51 950, open during Mass), built by the Jesuits in the 17th century, with a beautiful Baroque interior of pink-and-white stucco. Two galleries surround it: the Croatian Museum of Naive Art and Klovićevi Dvori. Close by, the Stone Gate, Kamenita Vrata, is the la…

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Istria: Labin

…nated by the landmark Velo café, restaurant and nightspot. The terrace crowds out in summer. Labin has a vibrant arts scene and the majority of talent is home grown, artists preferring to stay here. As you continue uphill, through the second gate, and explore the old town you pass galleries, studios and workshops. Municipal Gradska Galerija Labin (Ulica 1.maja 5, 052 852 123) provides an agenda of contemporary exhibitions, opposite the Labin Muse…

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Split & Islands: Brač

…Brač allows travellers to step off the tourist conveyor belt, take a break from the herd and gain a deeper sense of the island and its culture. Brač, 40 kilometres long and 15 kilometres wide, is karst rock. This supple white stone has been used by Croatia’s finest sculptors. Examples fill the cemetery near Supetar, with tombs of Byzantine and art nouveau fancy created by local Ivan Rendić. His 1900s contemporary Toma Rosandić made the Petrinović…

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Hvar: Things to see

The Venetians rebuilt the town of Hvar in the early 1600s. It is centrepieced by Pjaca, or Trg sv Stjepana, the rectangular main square lined with shops and restaurants, framed by the harbour and Arsenal at one end, the market and St Stephen’s Church at the other. The church contains a treasury (open summer 10am-noon, 5-7pm daily; winter 10am-noon daily; 10kn) containing two late Renaissance paintings. The Arsenal is used as a contemporary art g…

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Performance: Montažstroj

Few performance groups have hit a contemporary social nerve quite as frequently as Montažstroj, the multi-media performance group whose genre-bending productions have frequently been perceived as state-of-the-nation commentaries on contemporary Croatia. Formed by humanities graduate Borut Šeparović (born 1967) in 1989, Montažstroj’s first show, a shouty futurist ballet entitled Vatrotehna (Pyrotechnics), was indebted to the Russian avant-garde o…

The all star hotel

…n showpiece: the building was entrusted to award-winning Zagreb architects 3LHD, who engaged local designers and artists to handle the interior details. Numen/For Use selected the furniture; fashion designers I-GLE got to grips with the staff uniforms, advertising agency Bruketa & Žinić designed logos and menus, and artists Ivana Franke and Silvio Vujičić were commissioned to produce site-specific works. As a hip who’s who of contemporary Cro…

Korčula town: Things to see

The main street, Ulica Korčulanskog Statuta, leads to St Mark’s Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Dalmatian church architecture and design. Next door, the the Abbey Treasury contains a collection of Dalmatian art from the 15th and 16th centuries. Opposite the cathedral, the Town Museum, set in a 16th-century Venetian palace, contains a copy of the fourth-century Greek tablet from Lumbarda, the earliest evidence of civilisation on the isla…