What a treat to come across this on my day in Zagreb - this museum-cum-art installation was mentioned in an in-flight magazine I read once and it had obviously become lodged somewhere in my unconscious as I remembered it as soon as I saw the signpost. According to the website, it's now Zagreb's top attraction.
The Museum of Broken Relationships is essentially a set of rooms housing items which once meant something in a relationship now over. Each of the objects has an explanation with a story, memory or observation along with its country of origin. These notes are usually funny and irreverant (see the 'intimate soap' now being used as a cleaning product by someone's mum), frequently a bit disturbing (the axe purchased to chop an errant lover's furniture into pieces) and occasionally very sad (stories of love in wartime Sarajevo and a secret interracial relationship in Malaysia). You could read them for many absorbed hours or just flit around the objects that catch your eye.
The project toured the world before settling in its present location, and the artifacts do reflect this, with certain places being very well represented. They also seem to over-represent young, well-travelled things - I lost count of all the 'my boyfriend was Chinese, I'm from Germany and we met at university in Peru'-type tales - but since I'm one of those (or was) who am I to complain.
Entry is 25 kuna (20 for students and OAPs) and you can pay by card. There is also a cafe and gifts to buy.
Fun and different, and expertly set out. Worth a look if you're in the area.
The Technical Museum will delight anybody who has the faintest interest in matters technological. It is an absolute cornucopia of anything mechanical. There are locomotives, old cars, trams, fighter planes, boats, old fire engines, steam engines and even a real submarine. Would you believe they even have a live beehive made out of perspex with a tunnel to the outside world so you can see the bees doing their thing?
I can't even begin to tell you the number of fascinating things in there - perhaps my favourite was the three seater motorbike, I've never seen anything like it in my life.
Admission is inexpensive (I can't remember the exact amount) but your Zagreb card (see seperate tip) attracts a good discount.
When I was there, there were lots of groups of schoolchildren there, and I think any child would love this place.
Perhaps the best way to show you this place is through the photographs, and to this end I have posted a travelogue on eslewhere on this page. This perhaps will give you some idea of what I'm talking about.
An absolute must when in Zagreb.
Great museum that you should not miss, situated in an old beautiful building on the most beautiful Zagreb Square Zrinjevac, the building alone is interesting enough to visit. The museum is not too big, there are some interesting collections. One of the things you must not miss is Zagreb mummy, Etruscan mummy found in Egypt. The Mummy was found wrapped up in a Etrucan manuscipt, the longest text know in Etrucan language in the world.
This year Croatian Apoxyomenos was finally exhibited. One of 8 bronze Greek sculptures like that in the world, found in 1998 near the island Losinj.
Tip: when you are done with your visit sit down in the Lapidarium in the Museums garden and enjoy your drink while being surrounded with Greek and Roman stone monuments (check photo 4).
PS: the ticket should be quite cheap, student one is 10 kunas.
The Museum of Arts and Crafts is situated right across the National Theater & it's celebrating its 125th anniversary. The Hidden Treasure exhibition represents everything that's been going on in the Museum from its foundation up to today, especially focusing on those unseen items, those who haven't even left the museum storage rooms The exhibits cover everything from paperclips to evening dresses, from the famous Cul de Paris to Alvar Aalto's famous chairs.
Unfortunately, this exhibition is orientated towards local population, so there's nothing written in English [which I find absurd in the 21st century]. However, there are guides who can show you around & another option of calling a machine that tells you an item's story. I went there with a group & we had a really good guide who introduced us some very interesting details...
The exhibition contains some amazing black & white photos, commercials from the advertisement beginnings, the world-wide-known Pag & Lepoglava laces, jewelry, furniture, glass, paintings, graphics, altar statues, cutlery, books, clocks, dishes, souvenirs etc.
The museums permanent exhibition provides a survey of the history of the art styles, forms & techniques that reflect Croatia's economic & cultural life & its background in art production.
From the original idea for it to be "a collection of specimens for master craftsmen and artists who must advance once again the production of utility and artistic objects, so deprived by the appearance of machines and industrial processing", the , with its 160,000 exhibits, today acts as the national museum of artistic production and history of material culture in Croatia. It is located in the building erected for the purpose back in 1888, designed by Hermann Bollé, the famous architect in Historicist style.
This is also one of the must-see buildings in Zagreb. It is situated between HNK and hotel Opera, near the city centre. Not only it's beautiful from the outside,it has a special value inside. It consists of more than 3 750 works including sculptures,paintings, crafts and much, much more.
Don't surprise to see skateboarders in front of it...it's their favourite place to skate.
It's hard to give an opinion about this museum. I like the building and there are some really nice pieces inside. The thing is that with modern art, you can never know, it's quite subjective, so I guess you should discover it on your own ;)
Quite impressive building from the outside....with nice park full of flowers on the back side...
As for the inside...host of many exhibitions and a restaurant (form the back side...entrance from the park)
Housed inside a converted palace is a large collection of artefacts and paintings acquired by Ante Topic Mimara. As well as items from around the world and from all ages there is a large gallery in which you can find art by the likes of Manet, Rembrandt, Degas and a stunning painting by Renoir. The Renoir of a woman bathing just dominates the room and I spend a while just admiring it.
This was probably one of the best museums I visited on my trip around Eastern & Central Europe. The museum takes you through the history of Zagreb from its foundations through to its modern appearence. There are a lot of artefacts and displays and all the information is in English as well. At one point there is a large scale model of what Zagreb used to look like and there are also temporary exhibitions such as one on Zagreb sporting achievements.
I highly recommend any vistor to the city to spend an hour or so here to find out about the city history and find out what makes it tick.
The Strossmayer Gallery of Masters is located in the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences (formerly the Yugoslav Academy). The Strossmayer Gallery holds a collection of primarily foreign masters, including some Venetians/Veronese, a work by El Greco and some paintings by the Flemish masters as well. The lobby holds the Baska tablet, which was carved on the island of Krk (near Rijeka) in the eleventh century. It has one of the earliest known inscriptions in the Glagolithic script, the writing system used by the mediaeval Croatian church.
The Museum of Arts and Crafts is hard to miss if you go to see the National Theatre, as it is on the Western flank (to your right if you're looking at the façade of the Theatre head on). The exterior of the museum is quite pretty and it matches the yellow façade of the Theatre. This is a huge museum and it contains examples of arts and crafts from the Middle Ages onward. There is the usually collection of textiles, handicrafts and pottery/tableware that one would expect in any museum of this sort, but it also has a few unique pieces. Most notable is the fact that it houses a number of altars from different towns throughout Croatia, some of which have beautiful paintings. There are also some imported furnishings representing the lifestyle of Zagreb's rich and famous around the turn of the century. For those who like modern art, the upper floor of the museum has some pop art posters from 1960's Croatia.
Mimara museum. Many years ago this building was a high school but it was renewed and converted into a museum, when our famous, late, art collector Ante Topic Mimara donated his huge art collection to the city. As a gesture of thanking him, the city has dedicated this building to serve the purpose of showing people the great collection of art he left behind. Left of it you can see the Westin hotel, one of the best in town.
As I have mentioned earlier, this is the central building on the Tomislav's square. It is a museum, the entrance is from the other side. If you think you may have seen a similar building elsewhere in Zagreb, you are right. The Croatian National theatre building originates from the same architectural aera and style, and even the color is the same!
I visited several museums in Zagreb (there is a very good selection) but this one was definitely my favourite.
To start with, the very building that houses the museum, is in itself a remarkable structure, dating from 1650 and formerly a convent of the Poor Clares order. the photo will give you some idea.
Once inside (again, your Zagreb Card attracts a 50% discount - see seperate tip) the museum traces the history of this fascinating city from prehistoric times right up to the present day.
One of my favourite parts of the museum was an archaeological dig which took place within the precincts of the museum, and has been left relatively in situ. I found it remarkable to look at the archaeology, exactly as it was discovered. You walk along a raised walkway, and you can just imagine the diggers working here. The second photo shows this.
There is also a fine collection of religious statuary, as shown in the third photo.
Towards the end of the tour, there is a room with a video loop showing some of the things that happened in the city during the Balkans conflict of the late 20th century. It is a most eerie sensation to watch video of places that you have just walked in glorious sunshine on holiday being bombed and with gun battles going on. It is even more affecting because I remember watching all this happen on TV at the time. Definitely a goosebump moment. The fourth photo shows this room.
There are many more fine exhibits but these were my favourites.
The museum is open Tuesday - Friday 1000 - 1800 and 1000 - 1300 Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday.
An absolute must see in Zagreb.