Art Pavilion

Created for the Millennial exhibition in Budapest in 1896, this impressive, iron-framed building was then shipped back to Zagreb, where it centrepieces Tomislav square facing the train station. It still regularly hosts major art exhibitions.

11am-7pm Tue-Sat; 10am-1pm Sun
Trg kralja Tomislava 22 More info
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Croatian Association of Artists

Visit for the building alone, a circular pavilion standing in the middle of Victims of Fascism Square a ten-minute walk south-east of the main square. The building was designed by sculptor Ivan Meštrović just before World War II as an exhibition space in honour of the then Yugoslav King Peter I. Inside, the circular walls contain three…

11am-7pm Wed-Fri; 10am-6pm Sat, Sun
Trg žrtava fašizma More info
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Galerija Klovićevi Dvori
Critics choice

Set in the stunning space of a former Jesuit monastery in Gornji Grad, this is the major venue for touring art exhibitions, mixing blockbuster international shows with exhibitions on Croatian themes. Subjects in recent seasons have included German Expressionism, Marc Chagall and the Russian avant-garde.

11am-7pm Tue-Sun
Ježuitski trg 4 More info
© Ivan Kuharic

Galerija Nova
Critics choice

The regular line-up of exhibitions, talks, performances, discussions, book launches annd happenings here rivals the programme of any other major art institutions in town. The packed programme of events is carefully documented in the Galerija Nova newspaper, issued free at the venue. The small size of the gallery space is made up for by the…

noon-8pm Tue-Fri; 11am-2pm Sat
Teslina 7 More info

Galerija ULUPUH

Occupying a rather charming trio of barrel-vaulted rooms in a Baroque town house, this gallery is displays works by members of the Croatian Association of Applied Artists. Ceramics, photography and fashion design feature strongly in a varied menu of changing exhibitions.

10am-8pm Mon-Fri; 10am-1pm Sat
Tkalčićeva 14 More info


Created by the Croatian Academy of Science & Arts to house plaster copies of famous sculptures, the Gliptoteka has expanded its activities to become a major venue for changing exhibitions of contemporary painting, sculpture design and new media art. There is still an extensive permanent exhibition of sculpture, featuring replicas of medieval tombstones, statues, and…

11am-7pm Tue-Fri; 10am-2pm Sat, Sun
Medvedgradska 2 More info
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Greta Gallery

Zagreb has always lacked the kind of small-scale independent galleries that occupy the fertile spawning grounds in-between public art institutions and private dealers. Which is why Greta, a gallery in a former clothes shop that opens a new exhibition every Monday night, has proved such an instant hit. Greta doesn’t follow too strict a curatorial…

4-8pm Tues-Sat. Admission Free
Ilica 92 More info

Krvavi Most Galerija

Opened in May 2009 and located at the foot of bar-lined Tkalčićeva, Krvavi Most is a gallery that handles both private collections for shows and pieces to sell. The pieces rotate between three weeks and two months. The all-white, vaulted interior is a handy place to assess famous local artists such as Djuro Seder, Ivo…

9am-8pm Mon-Fri; 10am-3pm Sat
Tkalčićeva 21 More info
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Lauba House
Critics choice

Lurking mysteriously in a little-visited area 4km west of the centre is this brand-new private art gallery, occupying a century-old barrack block painted in alluring matt black by modern restorers. Displaying the collection of businessman Tomislav Kličko, Lauba includes major works by virtually everyone who is anyone in Croatian art from about 1950 onwards. If…

2-10pm Mon-Fri; 11am-10pm Sat
Baruna Filipovica 23A More info

Meštrović Atelijer

Croatia’s most internationally renowned sculptor, Ivan Meštrović, lived and worked in this restored trio of adjoining 17th-century mansions in Gornji Grad between the years 1923 and 1942. The collection here is spectacular, representing major works from the artist’s prolific first four decades. Prominently, the Woman by the Sea sculpture in Carrara marble greets you as…

10am-6pm Tue-Fri; 10am-2pm Sat, Sun
Mletačka 8 More info
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