Ethnographic Museum of Istra


in short

The Istrian district founded Ethnographic Museum of Istria in 1962. The Museum is housed in Kaštel (the Castle), a medieval fortification and the administrative center of the Pazin principality, since the 14th century in the Habsburg family ownership. Kaštel attracts the visitors with its remarkable appearance and a special atmosphere, hiding numerous curiosities that beg for discovery.
Pazinski Kaštel
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Ethnographic Museum of Istra

in detail

The Museum methodically collects, preserves, elaborates and presents artefacts that are in conection with life of people in Istrian peninsula. Our research themes are everyday life, clothing, rural farming, children games, music, beliefs, habitation, folklore, multicultural interweaving/interlacing, modern cultural phenomenon...

The entrance to the castle is also the entrance to the Museum. Before the entrance, visitors pass through a splendid inner courtyard with an old water well. The ground floor houses the blacksmith's and the carpenter's shops equipped with the requisite old tools and the smithing hearth. Documentary films on smiths and coopers are shown here. The second floor offers traditional folk costumes of the Istrian peninsula and the traditional mih, šurle and roženice musical instruments. Also shown are baby walkers of over a century ago.

A separate area showcases a reconstruction of a traditional hearth kitchen with cookware and utensils. Next to the kitchen are rooms presenting traditional farming, with tools and implements used in the winemaking and olive oil production in Istria.

A place apart is devoted to the traditional krosna weaving looms. One of the rebuilt ones is used for weaving courses, given by one of the last remaining active weavers, Ivan Vošćon.

Of particular value is the traditional women's costume set of Peroj, a settlement of immigrants from Crmnička nahija, Montenegro, who came to Istria in 1657. Such sets are very rare and valuable, as the costumes were traditionally used as burial vestments, too.
Ethnographic museum of Istria
About the Castel
The Castel of Pazin, called simply "Kaštel", is one of the best preserved castles in Istria. It was first mentioned as Castrum Pisinum in a charter issued by Emperor Otto II in 983. Over the years the Castle changed numerous owners, such as the Habsburgs (from 1374 until the 18th century), while the Italian family of the Montecuccoli (from the 18th century until World War I) was its last owner. Apart from having a defensive role, in its long history the Castle was also the seat of government and thus played a public and residential role. Furthermore, it was also used as a prison and in times of war it offered shelter.
Odrasli (adults): 25,00 KN; Djeca (do 14 god) + umirovljenici (children under 14 + pensioners): 18,00 KN; Grupe (groups, +10): 22,00 KN.
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Visitor entrance

Ethnographic museum of Istria
Trg Istarskog razvoda 1275. Nr. 1
52000 Pazin
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Opening Times

10:00 - 18:00
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