The museum display currently features permanent exhibitions of the Numismatic, Prehistoric, and Egyptian collections, and part of the Antiquity Collection. The Mediaeval Collection is not on display.
With almost 280,000 items, the Numismatic Collection is among the largest of such collections in Croatia and Europe. Aside from the coins, it contains medals, memorials, plaques, badges, pendants, stamps, and tokens.
The permanent display of the Prehistoric Collection presents the development of the material and spiritual culture of the Croatian inland areas, from the Palaeolithic (the sites of Vindija, Šandalja), Neolithic (the sites of Jakovo Kormadin, Samatovci, Bapska, Bogdanovci, and others), Eneolithic, the diff erent phases of the Bronze Age, the Early and Late Iron Age sites of Vukovar, Lasinja, Vučedol, Sarvaš, Dalj, Sisak, Kaptol near Požega, and many other sites. With approximately 78,000 items, this collection is among the largest of the museum’s collections, and is among the most comprehensive in Croatia and this part of Europe.
Particularly interesting is the collection of finds from the Vučedol culture, comprising a number of attractive pottery finds, including the famous birdshaped vessel known as the Vučedol dove, the so-called Vučedol terrine.
The Egyptian collection is the only systematic collection of this type in Croatia and in neighbouring countries. The diversity and number of items (approximately 2,200) make it one of the largest such collections in southern Europe.
The approximately 600 selected artefacts in the permanent exhibition are sorted according to the following thematic units: bronze representations of deities, stone and wooden sculptures, funerary equipment, jewellery, cosmetics and pottery, papyrus and letters, Archaeological Museum in Zagreb canopic jars, ushabti statuettes (fi gures that accompany the deceased), sarcophagi and mummies, and funerary stelae.
A separate unit in the display, in an isolated room associated with the Egyptian exhibition, is the so-called Etruscan room; it houses the well-known Bandages of the Zagreb Mummy (Linen Book of Zagreb, Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis), the longest-surviving manuscript text of the Etruscan language, and probably the most important monument in the museum’s possession. The same room also holds the prominent Zagreb Mummy, which was originally enveloped in the linen wrappings with Etruscan text, along with other exhibits of Etruscan origin.
In the museum courtyard - which is an archaeological park in its own right - there is a Lapidarium. Hundreds of Roman stone monuments are on display there - sculptures, reliefs, inscriptions, and other similar objects, most of which are diff erent types of gravestones, sarcophagi, stelae, and altars. Since 1870 the museum has been publishing the scholarly Journal of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb.
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb
Andautonia Archaeological Park in Ščitarjevo
The museum was opened to the public in 1846 as a part of the National Museum. Since 1945, it has been located in the palace at Zrinski Square that was once owned by Baron Dragutin Vranyczany.
adults 20 kn/ children, pupils, students, pensioners 10 kn/ family 30 kn/ pensioners - free entrance on Tuesdays
The Roman city of Andautonia (Andautonia, 1st - 4th centuries AD) once stood at the site of the present village of Ščitarjevo near Velika Gorica. The remains of the city attest to the almost two thousand year old tradition of urban life in the wider area of Zagreb. Excavations of Andautonia have been going on since 1981; an archaeological park was opened at the site in 1994. Visitors can see the preserved parts of the city: part of the main street paved with stone slabs, the public baths, the remains of two buildings, etc. The remains of a cemetery have been discovered under these buildings. The wall paintings, mosaics, tiles, thresholds, and heating systems discovered at the site attest to the high quality of life. The pottery and glassware, lamps, bronze and silver jewellery, and other items for everyday use complement the picture of life in this city and indicate the trade and production that flourished there for several centuries.
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